An all too brief stop over in Tainan (台南)

For anyone who regularly visits Taiwan, the city of Tainan can easily be missed with the other three major cites of Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung.  Yet that would be a grave mistake if you consider yourself a foodie.  A word of warning, driving in Tainan is atrocious – there are only two major roads going into the city off of Highway 1.  Yet if you brave the driving conditions and/or decide take the train (HSR or TRA), make your way to the old historic district and you will be pleasantly satiated with all sorts of Taiwanese small eats (台灣小吃).  This…

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Travel Tuesday: Sagrada Famila

For this Travel Tuesday post – allow me to share some personal photos from the beautiful Basilica I Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.  This is one of Antoni Gaudi’s most amazing and famous works merging Gothic, Catholicism, and  Art Nouveau.  For more information, check out wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagrada_Fam%C3%ADlia Though it is an incomplete work of art that will take decades to complete, it is well worth visiting and touring this UNESCO site.  Important biblical events are depicted all throughout on the exterior walls of the basilica. It is a testament to Gaudi’s vision to have drawn…

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Foodie Sunday: Fugu at 虎福亭 in Tokyo

Okay, normally the foodie posts are done on Friday but after some tweets back and forth, I was inspired to write up the awesome experience eating Fugu (河豚) when we got a chance to visit Tokyo a few years back (thanks for the inspiration @sqlbelle!). For starters, you have to make sure that you order fugu from a sushi chef that has a long history of experience with fugu – one wrong slice and … you’re not going to do so well, eh!?  Near the front of the restaurants that serve fugu, they have a sign showing the number of…

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Analyzing Data while Protecting Privacy – A Differential Privacy Case Study

Abstract Analysis and sharing of aggregate data (e.g., number of users whose favorite color is blue) is crucial to understanding patterns of the population being studied. The problem is that even summary data can expose the individuals who make up this information. Therefore, we are studying the use of privacy preserving data analysis techniques that will protect the individual and allow analysts to understand general trends. We believe that while there are unique perturbations of the data with these techniques, analysts will be able to use the data and protect the users at the same time. The case study involves…

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