Summer school data science research could trigger real world changes

By John Kaiser, Writer, Microsoft ResearchMicrosoft Research hosted its third annual Data Science Summer School in New York City as a diverse group of undergraduate students deployed some of the latest data crunching techniques on millions of rows of anonymized data in an effort to uncover useful information. “We’re really hoping to give them a flavor of solving a research problem that hasn’t yet been solved,” said Jake Hofman, one of several Microsoft Research instructors leading the intensive eight-week hands-on course that concluded in August. Coursework for the program is freely available on Github. Data points to tweaking incentives at Airbnb AirBnB team left to right: Shawndra Hill (MSR, mentor), Chris Riederer (Columbia, teaching assistant/mentor), Erica Ram (student), Louise Lai (student), Jacqueline Curran (student), Kaciny Calixte (student), Fernando Diaz (MSR, mentor),…


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