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Even more Microsoft Postdocs

December 18, 2012
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Even more Microsoft Postdocs

Microsoft Research NYC seeks outstanding applicants for 2-year postdoctoral researcher positions. We welcome applicants with a strong academic record in one of the following areas: * Computational social science: http://research.microsoft.com/cssnyc * Online experimental social science: http://research.microsoft.com/oess_nyc * Algorithmic economics and market design: http://research.microsoft.com/algorithmic-economics/ * Machine learning: http://research.microsoft.com/mlnyc/ The post Even more Microsoft Postdocs appeared first on Decision Science News.

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Microsoft Research NYC seeks quants and programmers for a postdoc in online social science

December 10, 2012
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Microsoft Research NYC seeks quants and programmers for a postdoc in online social science

Microsoft Research NYC seeks outstanding applicants with strong quantitative and programming skills for a postdoctoral researcher position in the area of online experimental social science. Deadline for Full Consideration: January 11, 2013 The post Microsoft Research NYC seeks quants and programmers for a postdoc in online social science appeared first on Decision Science News.

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Follow-up: So … daylight savings time does not minimize variance in sunrises

December 3, 2012
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Follow-up: So … daylight savings time does not minimize variance in sunrises

Last week we posted a nice theory about daylight savings time, in particular, that its dates were chosen to reduce variance in the time of sunrise. It looked plausible from the graph. We were talking to our Microsoft Research colleague Jake Hofman who suggested "why don't you just find the optimal dates to change the clock by one hour?" So...

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The housing bubble: Where are we?

July 25, 2012
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The housing bubble: Where are we?

Last spring we looked at the state of the housing bubble in the US. The question of readers' minds then was "where is it going next"? It's been more than a year, so let's have a look, above. The post The housing bubble: Where are we? appeared first on Decision Science News.

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Time-based internet advertising

July 20, 2012
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Time-based internet advertising

Last week it was announced that Facebook is rotating its ads after a certain time of exposure. Sid Suri, Preston McAfee, and Dan Goldstein's research may have been the source of this idea. In 2011 and 2012 the trio published a couple papers putting for and improving the idea. The post Time-based internet advertising appeared first on Decision Science...

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How to square numbers in your head

March 2, 2012
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How to square numbers in your head

MENTALLY MULTIPLY NUMBERS BY THEMSELVES Assume you know your multiplication tables up to 10x10. Here's how to compute the squares of numbers from 11 to 100.

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Some code to help you remember numbers

January 17, 2012
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Some code to help you remember numbers

Two posts ago we showed you the digit sound system for remembering numbers. This week we provide two computer programs to help you create mnemonics.

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You’ve got the whole world in your portfolio

December 29, 2011
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You’ve got the whole world in your portfolio

A famous finance professor once told us that good diversification meant holding everything in the world. Fine, but in what proportion? Suppose you could invest in every country in the world. How much would you invest in each? In a market-capitalization weighted index, you'd invest in each country in proportion to the market value of its investments (its "market capitalization")....

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Keep your files in sync for free

November 19, 2011
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Keep your files in sync for free

It is not uncommon to have two computers at work, four at home and a server out on the wild, wild internet (that's what we have, anyway ... wait, we forgot one in London). How to keep all these files in sync? Here are our file synchronization tips.

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Do cents follow Benford’s Law?

October 5, 2011
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Do cents follow Benford’s Law?

Benford's law is an amazing thing. If you know the probability distribution that classes of "natural" numbers should have, you can detect where people might be faking data: phony tax returns, bogus scientific studies, etc.

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