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Machine Learning
Tuesday 10th Jan 2017, 08.45am

What is Machine Learning?

Machine learning is all around us; on our phones, powering social networks, helping the police and doctors, scientists and mayors. But how does it work? In this animation we take a look at how statistics and computer science can be used to make machines that learn.

Monday 17th Oct 2016, 08.00am

Keeping Social Media Social

Social media has become a huge part of many of our lives. But do we really know where all that information goes? In this animation we look at the ways that research can help us understand the world on and offline through the lens of social media, and some of the questions it raises.

Social media has become a huge part of many of our lives. But do we really know where all that information goes? In these resources students explore how stuff posted on social media may be giving out more information than intended (KS3), plot a series of graphs and use them to interpret, predict or describe the spread of information (KS3), create an algorithm or computer program that could be used to display the trustworthiness of social posts (KS4), and transform non-linear graphs that might be used to describe the spread of information through social media sites to linear ones to check the relationship and discover unknown constants (KS5).
KS3 - #nofilter
KS3 - Social Media Plot
KS4 - Truth, Trust and Twitter
KS5 - Let Me Get This Straight
Students explore how stuff we post on social media may be giving out more information than we intended. Students play a game where they try to find out where someone will be at a given time based on a set of fictional social media posts.
Students plot a series of graphs and use them to interpret, predict or describe the spread of information.
Students explore different factors that might make information more or less trustworthy and create an algorithm or computer program that could be used to display this information.
This activity looks at how to transform non-linear graphs that might be used to describe the spread of information through social media sites to linear ones in order to check that the data fits the relationship and to obtain unknown constants.