Eradicating Racial Differences in Prostate Cancer Outcomes

Dedicated in loving memory of Calvin Harris Snr A report written as part of my Masters of Communication Data Science at University of Southern California in Fall 2018. Abstract Racial disparities in health care outcomes contribute to African Americans (AA) men living ten years less on average than a white American (Rosenberg, Ranapurwala, Townes, & […]

The true loss for a society of Pokie Players

UPDATE 26th of May: I have recently discovered that turnover is defined by cash plus wagering wins, which means if a person puts in $300 cash, wins and loses $2700 over the course of the day in small increments, and then loses their $300 too, they have “wagered” $3000 and “won” $2700 so the expenditure […]

Hollywood: a man’s world?

Context: In this blog, I am imagining I am guest lecturer at University of Southern California’s Cinematic Arts School.  I work at seejane.org which is the public site of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media. My target audience are students enrolled in Film Studies. This blog shows the presentation I did (although it […]

A News Agent and a Publican walk into a bar

A News Agent and a Publican walk into a bar…. Context: My imaginary target audience is News Agent National Association members, and the medium is an online newsletter to members. The message is to lobby for gaming machine licenses, and the goal is a call to action to members to give their feedback on this […]

About algorithms being black boxes

For 36111 Philosophies of Data Science Practices’ first assignment, I am exploring the emerging practice of holding algorithms accountable. Often, people refer to algorithms as black boxes. There are three different definitions of a black box, according to merriam webster: Definition of black box 1 :a usually complicated electronic device whose internal mechanism is usually […]

Exploration of Tree Based Gradient Boosting Models to classify terrorism events as Suicide Attacks

Using Tree Based Gradient Boosting Models to classify terrorism events as Suicide Attacks Tracy Keys 13 June 2017 Background My team Gonzo at UTS used the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) to explore whether distinct features of terrorism events could predict the ABC’s online reaction to them. We did this through web scraping the ABC’s Twitter […]

According to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook is not a media company

According to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO , Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform[i] is not a media company[ii]. Zuckerberg explained in August 2016: “No, we are a tech company, not a media company…..We build the tools, we do not produce any content..”[iii] One of those tools is the Facebook News Feed, which provides every one […]

Is there a sexist data crisis? Hardly a crisis, but still important to resolve

In our session on Tuesday Simon K, as an aside, suggested we google “is there a sexist data crisis. “ I did, (here is a BBC article with that exact title http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36314061) but it got me thinking, this is hardly a crisis and hardly new. Women are underrepresented in many important things. For example, did […]

Missing data codification OR how to capture that slap across the face

Last week we read about missing data and how to plan for it. I found it super useful and applicable to our Quantified Self work- if we had codified our missing data I would have had less chasing up to do, and we would have had some insights into the boundaries of what we were […]