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Cumulative Distribution Functions, Part I Data scientists care about the mean and other measures of central tendency. But they also care about distributions. Although not as well known as some other methods for examining distributions, the cumulative distribution function (CDF) deserves to be in the toolkit of every aspiring data scientist. It also deserves to…

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Turn on, Tune in, Drop Out In Introduction to College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, Jeffrey J. Selingo opens with Samantha Dietz’s story. A top student in high school, Samantha earns a 3.9 Grade Point Average (GPA), takes Advanced Placemennt and International Baccalaureate courses, and participates in the debate club, Harvard…

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In this week’s video Joichi Ito, CEO of Creative Commons and serial entrepreneur, reminds us that “learning to fail” is at the heart of innovation. Building a culture of innovation means building an organizational culture which not only tolerates failure but encourages it. The art of innovation is how to learn from failure, which is…

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IT Savvy firms use portfolio management, in concert with governance and technology strategy, to maximize return on investment and to enable innovation. Based on a framework developed at MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), I have prepared an overview of “IT Portfolio Management in 10 Slides”: IT Portfolio Management in 10 Slides from Alfred…

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In 1900 David Hilbert, a godfather of modern mathematics, posed ten major “unsolved” problems. Hilbert’s challenge prepared the stage for one of the most fertile periods in mathematics, stimulating groundbreaking results, opening up new areas of investigation, and energizing the mathematical community. Can we pose a similar grand challenge for higher education, one that will spur…

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