Notes from 16/3–23/3

COVID-19

Through the use of web scraping and NLP (sentiment analysis), this analysis shows the media’s reaction to the current Coronavirus situation in the US. We showed that on average, articles are 40% subjective and fairly neutral in polarity. We also showed that the articles between two news stations were, in fact, different and that the NY Times has been reacting to the changes in the situation much more than CNN.

Hopefully, the next time you open a news article, you’re a bit more confident about how well what you’re about to read is portraying the reality of the Coronavirus situation.

We therefore conclude that epidemic suppression is the only viable strategy at the current time. The social and economic effects of the measures which are needed to achieve this policy goal will be profound. Many countries have adopted such measures already, but even those countries at an earlier stage of their epidemic (such as the UK) will need to do so imminently. Our analysis informs the evaluation of both the nature of the measures required to suppress COVID19 and the likely duration that these measures will need to be in place. Results in this paper have informed policymaking in the UK and other countries in the last weeks. However, we emphasise that is not at all certain that suppression will succeed long term; no public health intervention with such disruptive effects on society has been previously attempted for such a long duration of time. How populations and societies will respond remains unclear

Blockchain

Blockchain — Ethereum

What ETH2 has learned from ETH1

Tools

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