Tag Archives: data

NASFAA’s take on data for the FAFSA

On July 30, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) joined the many organizations and policymakers calling for reforming the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). NASFAA’s four point proposal calls for a few familiar changes, but innovates in other ways. In this post, we’ll break down the details of how NASFAA […] … learn more→

Devouring your data

You’ve read hundreds of books. You’ve waded through archival material. You’ve got mountains of surveys, folders full of transcripts, notebooks stuffed with barely legible field notes, and rather more photographs than you initially intended. Now what? How is it going to be possible to convert all of this material into something sensible? Where do you […] … learn more→

Who’s afraid of the bad, big data? You might want to read this

Privacy and technology go together like music and dance: it’s only when both work well together that the magic happens. But what about privacy in the age of big data, an era in which your every move has been recorded somewhere in the digital world through your electronic transactions? Does the fact we’re churning out […] … learn more→

You too can do sports analytics

Imagine if your hobby became your profession — or, indeed, if it started a whole new profession. This year, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference features someone who can make that claim: Bill James, the baseball analyst whose pioneering work opened up the entire field. A high school English teacher and factory watchman from Kansas, […] … learn more→

A model burster

Researchers find the first neutron star that bursts as predicted. For the first time, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have detected all phases of thermonuclear burning in a neutron star. The star, located close to the center of the galaxy in the globular cluster Terzan 5, is a “model burster,” says Manuel Linares, a postdoc […] … learn more→

Bumper 2011 grain harvest fails to rebuild global stocks

The world’s farmers produced more grain in 2011 than ever before. Estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show the global grain harvest coming in at 2,295 million tons, up 53 million tons from the previous record in 2009. Consumption grew by 90 million tons over the same period to 2,280 million tons. Yet with […] … learn more→