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Cablegame, GPUs and a love affair

As readers of this blog well know, I like the idea of turning work into a game. I recently discovered Cablegame, which awards points to users who tag Wikileaks cables for names, places, organizations etc. In this way, the creators of the game hope to rapidly get the whole text mass tagged by crowsourcing. The FAQ mentions a similar (but perhaps more ambitious) project, Operation Leakspin, which aims to use “crowd journalism” for quality control of released reports.

GPU and Large Scale Data Mining is a meaty blog post on, well, using graphical processing units for large scale data mining. There is a useful list of 10 things to do if you want to get into GPU and data analysis.

Machine Learning – A Love Story is a recording of a good talk by Hilary Mason (data scientist currently at on machine learning and related subjects. My favorite part was when she showed how machine learning job opportunities have skyrocketed in the past year and commented how weird that is, because machine learning has always been a geeky discipline and in addition, it’s old enough that it still has the word “machine” in its name!


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