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RDCEP brings together experts in economics, physical sciences, energy technologies, law, computational mathematics, statistics, and computer science to undertake a series of tightly connected research programs aimed at improving the computational models needed to evaluate climate and energy policies, and to make robust decisions based on outcomes.

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The newly launched National Center for Opportunity Engineering & Analysis (NCOEA) at the Computation Institute will use the latest computation and data science tools to help close the skills gap, reduce economic inequality, and provide new ways to search for training connected to employment and career opportunities.

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The new Center for Spatial Data Science joins the Computation Institute and the Social Services Division, bringing advanced spatial analytics methods to fields ranging from economics and urban sociology to medicine and public health. Learn about the center's research collaborations and initiatives in software, training, and developing new methods.

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Economics is a field where theories are easy to create, and very difficult to test.

Despite growing awareness and acceptance of climate change around the world, it remains hard for much of the public to grasp the impact of these changes beyond warmer temperatures. Should carbon emissions continue at their current levels, the Earth's new climate will have consequences for agriculture and food supply, economics, flooding, drought, and even where people live. To help warn the public about these serious concerns, the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office released a graphic this week, the Human Dynamics of Climate Change map, which draws in part upon research at the CI's Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy.

It’s a short question, but a massive one: How will climate change impact Chicago?

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After a successful first run last fall, the Computation Institute hosted a second round of lightning talks -- short talks about CI resear

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If you want to find an example of big data in your own life, look no farther than the nearest bookshelf. A book contains millions of words of text, making up a dataset that can be sliced up and statistically analyzed just like information from biology, physics, or astronomy. For decades, scientists using methods such as natural language processing and topic modeling on text for purposes such as translation, author attribution, and speech recognition. In his talk at the UChicago Research Computing Center, Matt Taddy explained how these methods are now allowing social scientists to ask new questions.

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The University of Chicago has been associated with dozens of Nobel Prizes. But when CI Senior Fellow Lars Peter Hansen and Eugene Fama were awarded the 2013 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel last month, it was the first time since 1939 that two UChicago faculty have won the award simultaneously. To commemorate this historic honor, "The Work Behind the Prize" panel was held on November 4th at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. The event was an opportunity for Hansen and Fama's peers in the Department of Economics and the Booth School of Business to pay tribute to the work that earned them the prestigious honor.

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The Earth's climate is changing more dramatically than at any other point in recorded history.