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Wanted: the next generation of data scientists

By Jake Hofman and Justin Rao, Senior Researchers, Microsoft Research New York City You never know when the smallest seed of an idea will lead to groundbreaking work, work with the potential to have a societal impact. If you’re an undergrad attending college in the New York City area, apply to Microsoft Research’s Data Science Summer School (DS3) for a chance to see if your ideas have that kind of power. Our summer program is…

April 2016

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Wanted: the next generation of data scientists

By Jake Hofman and Justin Rao, Senior Researchers, Microsoft Research New York City You never know when the smallest seed of an idea will lead to groundbreaking work, work with the potential to have a societal impact. If you’re an undergrad attending college in the New York City area, apply to Microsoft Research’s Data Science Summer School (DS3) for a chance to see if your ideas have that kind of power. Our summer program is…

April 2016

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Predicting ocean chemistry using Microsoft Azure

By Daron Green, Deputy Director, Microsoft Research Shellfish farmer Bill Dewey remembers the first year he heard of ocean acidification, a phrase that means a change in chemistry for ocean water. It was around 2008, and Dewey worked for Taylor Shellfish, a company that farms oysters in ocean waters off the coast of Washington. That year, thousands of tiny “seed” oysters died off suddenly. Today, a cloud-based predictive system from the University of Washington (UW) and…

February 2016

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Bringing together history and data science with Microsoft Azure

By Winnie Cui, Senior Research Program Manager, Microsoft Research Asia Andrea Nanetti is a historian and associate professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Some might think that, as a historian, he’d be an unlikely attendee at a data science presentation. However, when Nenatti learned about a talk given by Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, from Microsoft Research Asia, he knew it could apply to his unique needs. “As…

January 2016

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Swimming in a deluge of user generated content

The Internet is awash in user generated content (UGC)—from blogs, reviews, and Q&As, to wikis, tweets, and Facebook posts. And let’s not forget photo- and video-sharing sites: every second, one hour of video is uploaded to YouTube, and an average of more than 80 million photos get added to Instagram every day. It seems we can’t get enough of posting our own content and reading or viewing other people’s. With technological advances making it ever…

October 2015

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Planning for SIGMOD/PODS 2016: Upcoming dates and a review of SIGMOD 2015

Preparations for the 2016 ACM SIGMOD/PODS conference are already under way. SIGMOD is a leading international forum for database researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. Upcoming SIGMOD dates Research paper second submission dates November 12, 2015, 4:59 P.M. PST: Abstract submission November 19, 2015, 4:59 P.M. PST: Paper submission Demo paper submission dates January 15, 2016, 11:59 P.M. PST: Paper submission February 19, 2016,…

October 2015

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The summer of data science

While we live and breathe data science year-round at Microsoft Research, this summer, we offered a broad range of data science education opportunities for young researchers. Participation in these events was extremely rewarding—for both the students and the organizers. Students and advisors at the National Water Center for the Summer Institute DS3 announcement leads the way The educational blitz really began in the spring, when we announced openings for the upcoming Data Science Summer School…

October 2015

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Announcing the Innovation Challenge: using data science to create “food resilience”

While we know that climate change will likely affect every aspect of the food system—from our ability to grow food, to the reliability of food transportation and food safety, to the dynamics of international trade in agricultural goods—we don’t yet know how to anticipate and mitigate against what may be negative changes. With this in mind, on July 24, 2015, Microsoft, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), will launch the Innovation…

July 2015

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Innovation from the ground up and into the cloud

Standing atop the tallest educational edifice in the world—the 240-meter (787-foot) tower of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU)—really makes you think about the impact of education and research. This is home to some of the brightest minds in the world, including 11 Nobel Prize and six Field Medal winners. So it’s no surprise that we created the Microsoft Research–Lomonosov MSU Joint Research Center in May 2014, to build on our years of close collaboration. To…

June 2015

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Smartphone app takes aim at noise pollution

A special report in the April 19, 2014, issue of The Economist predicted that 70 percent of China’s population—some 1 billion people—will live in cities by 2030. While China’s urban growth offers a higher standard of living to many citizens, it also creates serious problems. Among these urban problems, noise pollution ranks among the most pervasive, as factories, construction projects and vehicles produce a cacophony of unwholesome sounds, with deleterious effects on the mental and…

June 2015

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Equation of a Fuzzing Curve — Part 2/2

See Part 1> Can you predict how many bugs will be found at infinity? No. There seems to be a fundamental limit on fuzzing curve extrapolation. To see that, consider bug distribution function of the following form: where p0 >> p1 but a0 ≈ a1 and δ(x) is a Dirac delta-function. For such a distribution U(N) is: At early fuzzing stages, the 2nd term is so much smaller than the first one that it remains…

January 2015

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Equation of a Fuzzing Curve — Part 1/2

Introduction While fuzzing, you may need to extrapolate or describe analytically a “fuzzing curve”, which is the dependency between the number of bugs found and the count of fuzzing inputs. Here I will share my approach to deriving an analytical expression for that curve. The results could be applied for bug flow forecasting, return-on-investment (ROI) analysis, and general theoretical understanding of some aspects of fuzzing. If you are wondering about things like “what is fuzzing?”…

December 2014

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