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In 1990, 87% of Americans could be uniquely identified given only their gender, date of birth and the 5-digit ZIP. You can check how easily you can be identified using those three data points here, and vastly more data is available about individuals today compared to 24 years ago. In this brave new world of social sharing, open data and data security revelations, data privacy is a big issue for consumers and businesses alike. 

The image below alternates between two versions of the same photograph. There is one difference between the two pictures. Can you spot the difference?

(Image below the jump — the flashing can be a bit taxing on the eyes.)

R-core member Peter Dalgaard announced yesterday that R 3.0.3 is now available. This is the final update to the R 3.0 series, and includes several small but handy new features and minor bug fixes. Improvements include support for writing very large tables to disk, better handling of foreign-language calendar dates, and more accuracy when calculating extreme quantiles of the Cauchy distribution. 

Will we always need data scientists, or will the Data Science role be replaced by easy-to-use automated applications? Mikio L.

by Rodney Sparapani, PhD

Rodney is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Health and Society from the Division of Biostatistics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and president of the Milwaukee Chapter of the ASA which is hosting an R workshop on Data Mining in Milwaukee on April 4th.

Since we've had quite a few announcements over the last month or so, I thought I'd take a moment to catch up on some of the media reports mentioning Revolution Analytics.

Since we got some great news the other day, a happiness-filled Because it's Friday post is a must this week. This Pomplamoose remix of Pharrell William's Happy with Daft Punk's Get Lucky — featuring very clever use of a standard "beamer" video projector for the visual effects — fits the bill nicely.

 

This is the time of year when everyone likes to speculate on the winners of the Academy Awards, to be announced on Sunday. There are plenty of ways to try and predict which movie is going to win Best Picture or who'll win Best Actress. You could look at the various betting markets and see who the speculators are favouring. You could take a look at the predictions from various movie experts.