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Commentary

P2P networks are inherently unstable

by Ted G. Lewis

The P2P technology underlying file-sharing systems are inherently unstable because of self-organizing processes akin to Gause's competitive exclusion principle, and preferential attachment. To maintain an egalitarian P2P organization it is necessary to conserve the original network's entropy, defined as the random structure of the network and actions among peers. ...


Symposium

When Good Machine Learning Leads to Bad Security: Big Data (Ubiquity symposium)

by Tegjyot Singh Sethi, Mehmed Kantardzic

While machine learning has proven to be promising in several application domains, our understanding of its behavior and limitations is still in its nascent stages. One such domain is that of cybersecurity. Presented within is a new interdisciplinary area of research, at the crossroads of machine learning, cybersecurity, and streaming data mining. ...



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First write like you speak, then write like you write

April 2018
by Philip Yaffe

Each "Communication Corner" essay is self-contained; however, they build on each other. For best results, before reading this essay and doing the exercise, go to the first essay "How an Ugly Duckling Became a Swan," then read each succeeding essay.

In this installment, Philip Yaffe introduces a two-step plan to create well-written text that will not only impress the reader, but also engage the reader to digest and comprehend new ideas or concepts with ease.

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Symposium

Developing an Open Source 'Big Data' Cognitive Computing Platform: Big Data (Ubiquity symposium)

March 2018
by Michael Kowolenko, Mladen A. Vouk

The ability to leverage diverse data types requires a robust and dynamic approach to systems design. As open source platforms have evolved, the ability to apply compute to unstructured information has exposed an array of platforms and tools available to the business and technical community. We have developed a platform that meets the needs of the analytics user requirements of both structured and unstructured data. ...