What is Data Science and Why Does it Matter?

Data science is the art and science of extracting knowledge and insights from data. Data science combines statistics, computer science, and domain expertise to extract meaningful information from large and complex data sets. It involves collecting, cleaning, analyzing, and modeling data to uncover trends, patterns, and relationships. Data scientists use these insights to solve problems,… Continue reading What is Data Science and Why Does it Matter?

Understanding data: How statistics and machine learning learn from samples

There is an analogy in data science between inferential statistics and machine learning. Both fields aim to extract knowledge from limited data. Imagine wanting to understand the health of an entire forest. It’s impossible to examine every single tree. Instead, a researcher might take a random sample of trees and measure their height, trunk diameter,… Continue reading Understanding data: How statistics and machine learning learn from samples

Making Sense of Data: Unpacking Machine Learning Basics

Machine learning (ML) unlocks the potential of data by enabling computers to learn and perform tasks without explicit programming. Think of it as teaching computers through data, enabling them to make decisions or predictions. This article unpacks the basic concepts of ML. Data as Building Blocks Think of countless data points as the building blocks… Continue reading Making Sense of Data: Unpacking Machine Learning Basics

What would Leibniz think about ChatGPT?

What would Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the 17th-century philosopher and mathematician, think of ChatGPT if he were alive today? How does his work relate to the technological revolution brought about by generative AI? Leibniz was captivated by the prospect of a universal language that could represent and manipulate human knowledge. In addition to this, he developed… Continue reading What would Leibniz think about ChatGPT?

What would Plato think about ChatGPT?

What would Plato, the great ancient Greek philosopher, think of ChatGPT if he were alive today? How does his work relate to the technological revolution brought about by generative AI? Dialogues hold a central place in Plato’s work. They are the primary literary form through which he conveyed his philosophical ideas. Almost all his works… Continue reading What would Plato think about ChatGPT?

ChatGPT on the 1693 Sicily earthquake

The 1693 earthquake of Catania as seen in a German print of the time[/caption] I ask ChatGPT about a topic that I know quite well, since it was the subject of my doctoral thesis: the 1693 Sicily earthquake. Can ChatGPT provide information and insights on this topic? I now ask ChatGPT about the effects of… Continue reading ChatGPT on the 1693 Sicily earthquake

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