August, 2011

Browser hoax dupes many

A number of credible news sites and blogs got duped by a hoax recently, providing yet another lesson when it comes to dealing with numbers, studies and surveys, and stories that are just too much fun — as well as with our own biases. There’s a good accounting by the BBC here of what happened. […]

Algorithms provide powerful tool

There’s an interesting story from Fast Company this week that is a worthwhile read for anyone who is considering a career on the editing side. The piece by E.B. Boyd explores how YAHOO! has used algorithms to dramatically increase its traffic in the TODAY box on its home page. The point is not that you […]