Google Scholar — you’re not alone; Microsoft Academic Search coming up in searches

In searching for a few colleagues’ webpages I noticed a new URL popping up in the search results. It either included the prefix academic.microsoft.com or the IP address 65.54.113.26. I got curious and checked it out to discover Microsoft Academic Search (Beta) — a neat presentation of the author’s research publications and collaborations. In addition to the usual list of publications, there are nice visualizations of publications and citations over time, a network chart of co-authors and citations, and even an Erdos Number graph. The genealogy graph claims that it is based on data mining so “might not be perfect”. All this is … Continue reading Google Scholar — you’re not alone; Microsoft Academic Search coming up in searches

New Google Consumer Surveys: revolutionizing academic data collection?

Surveys are a key data collection tool in several academic research areas. As opposed to experiments or field studies that yield observational data, surveys can give access to attitudes, reaching “inside the head” of people rather than observing their behavior. Technological advances in survey tool development now offer “poor academics” sufficiently powerful online survey tools, such as surveymonkey.com and Google forms. Yet, obtaining access to a large pool of potential respondents from a particular population remains a challenge. Another challenge is getting fast responses — how do you reach people quickly and get many of them to respond quickly? We may … Continue reading New Google Consumer Surveys: revolutionizing academic data collection?

The world is flat? Only for US students

Learning and teaching has become a global endeavor with lots of online resources and technologies. Contests are an effective way to engage a diverse community from around the world. In the past I have written several posts about contests and competitions in data mining, statistics and more. And now about a new one. Tableau is a US-based company that sells a cool data visualization tool (there’s a free version too). The company has recently seen huge growth with lots of new adopters in industry and academia. Their “Tableau for teaching” (TfT) program is intended to assist instructors and teachers by … Continue reading The world is flat? Only for US students