Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Scrolling and Attention (in the Web design sense)

I am a devotee of the Neilsen-Norman Group (think Jakob Neilsen) and their Alertbox newsletter that talks about usability. This is an article from Alertbox.

Summary: People scroll vertically more than they used to, but new eyetracking data shows that they will still look more above the page fold than below it.

People’s behaviors are fairly stable and usability guidelines rarely change over time. But one user behavior that did change since the early days of the web is the tendency to scroll. In the beginning, users rarely scrolled vertically; but by 1997, as long pages became common, most people learned to scroll. However, the information above the fold still received most attention: even as recently as 2010, our eyetracking studies showed that 80% of users’ viewing time was spent above the fold.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Local TV News Employment Tops Newspapers

I'm surprised that it took this long. Atlanta, for example, has only one daily paper but four network-affiliated TV stations that run news shows. Here's the article.

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Roblimo blog is back...

This is my old "forgotten" blog. I'm resurrecting it, but the primary focus will change. I expect to concentrate on medical matters, especially the financial aspect of health care from a patient's POV - with tips on how to get ripped off as little as possible by the docs, insurance companies, pharma bros, and other denizens of America's murky health care system.

I'll still post IT & science-related pieces. This is MY site. No bosses. No commercial interests. Just me, posting whatever interests me whenever I feel like it.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Detecting and correcting e-commerce catalog misattribution with image and text classification using Google TensorFlow

In a previous post, we discussed the impact of product misattribution in e-commerce and how image recognition with Machine Learning can be an important tool to resolve this issue. In this post, we will get into the details of how to detect and correct misattribution using Machine Learning, Google TensorFlow and image vectorization. 

How Machine Learning can address attribution issues in e-commerce catalogs

Catalog product attribution issues are a major pain point in e-commerce. They lead to poor user experience, lost revenue, and high customer turnover. Luckily, new developments in Machine Learning in image recognition and text classification can help resolve these issues, improve catalog quality, and tailor user experience to individual customers.

Friday, June 2, 2017

What is In-Stream Processing?

In-Stream Processing is a powerful technology that can scan huge volumes of data coming from sensors, credit card swipes, clickstreams and other inputs, and find actionable insights nearly instantaneously. For example, In-Stream Processing can detect a single fraudulent transaction in a stream containing millions of legitimate purchases, act as a recommendation engine to determine what ad or promotion to display for a particular customer while he or she is actually shopping or compute the optimal price for a car service ride in only a few seconds. Read the rest of the article here.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Statement on President Trump’s First 100 Days in Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement on the “first 100 days” of the administration of President Donald Trump:
“In the first 100 days of this administration, we have seen a series of unlawful and misguided executive orders, the imposition of a discriminatory Muslim Ban, a massive rollback on federal civil rights enforcement and a resulting wave of litigation across the country challenging this administration’s unlawful actions. This administration must reverse course before causing further damage to American democracy.  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law will continue to mount litigation, as it has already done, challenging discriminatory actions taken by this administration.  We will use the courts as the forum to check this administration’s efforts to turn the clock back on fragile civil rights gains that have been made.”