Data Science

Fact-checking immigration: Boustan uses big data to explore myths about the past
Jan. 7, 2019
Written by Kevin McElwee for the Office of the Dean for Research

“When the horns started to blow and we saw the Statue of Liberty, I thought I was in heaven. Really. She’s up there and saying, ‘Come on in. From now on you are a free person.’”

These are the words of Turkish immigrant John Alabilikian, who came to the United States in 1922, collected by the…

From math to meaning: Artificial intelligence blends algorithms and applications
Jan. 2, 2019
Written by Kevin McElwee for the Office of the Dean for Research

Artificial intelligence is already a part of everyday life. It helps us answer questions like “Is this email spam?” It identifies friends in online photographs, selects news stories based on our politics and helps us deposit checks via our phones — if all somewhat imperfectly.

But these…

Researchers link realism to blockchain's promise
Dec. 26, 2018
Written by the Office of Engineering Communications

Depending on who you ask, blockchain technology is poised to revolutionize the world — from creating a universal currency to building a free and truly private internet. Or, the new technology, built with a combination of encryption and transparency, is a solution in search of a problem.

The reality likely falls somewhere in between…

Study scrutinizes hidden marketing relationships on social media
Dec. 14, 2018
Written by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

Federal regulators require social media personalities to alert their viewers to promotional payments for products and gadgets shown on their channels, but an analysis by Princeton University researchers shows that such disclosures are rare.


Sedgewick receives prize for mathematical exposition
Nov. 26, 2018
Written by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

The American Mathematical Society has awarded its 2019 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition to Robert Sedgewick, Princeton’s William O. Baker *39 Professor in Computer Science, and posthumously to French…

Houston's urban sprawl increased rainfall, flooding during Hurricane Harvey
Nov. 15, 2018
Written by Lynn Anderson Davy, University of Iowa, and Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

Houston's urban landscape directly contributed to the torrential rainfall and deadly flooding experienced during Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, according to Princeton and University of Iowa researchers. The researchers report in the journal Nature Nov. 15 that Houston's risk for…

Smaller components could mean big savings for data centers
Nov. 13, 2018
Written by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications; Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Researchers at Princeton and MIT have found a way to save big on power consumption for data centers while making a key electronic component much smaller.

The component, called a power converter, changes the flow of electricity to fit the needs of individual computer parts. All computers require converters to supply power, but the…

Inaugural Princeton Day of Optimization convenes researchers at forefront of data science and machine learning
Oct. 9, 2018
Written by James Bronzan, Office of Communications

How should society decide who gets a liver transplant? Should there be marketplaces for data in the near future and how should these markets be run? If a driverless car kills someone, who is at fault? And how can randomness help optimize algorithms used in machine learning?

These questions and others, from the highly technical to the…

Chemist Car wins DOE funding for computational chemistry center
Sept. 20, 2018
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Wednesday, Sept. 19, that Roberto Car, Princeton’s Ralph W. *31 Dornte Professor in Chemistry and a professor with the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials,…

Mind the gap: Bridging the computer-human divide
Sept. 14, 2018
Written by Doug Hulette

Suppose you’re about to go snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef or some other area of underwater beauty. You should be thinking about the wondrous marine life you’ll certainly see. But instead you’re fixated on the vanishingly small chance of coming eye to eye with a hungry shark.

A case of irrational thinking? Not necessarily,…