Top Stories: August 15-19, 2011

The meat-to-math ratio, Chicago embraces open government, and data science influences social science.

Here’s a look at the top stories published across O’Reilly sites this week.

The Meat to Math ratio
Big data, machine learning, and an iterative, experimental mindset are essential for businesses — and increasingly, company valuations are tied to the efficiency with which firms put information to work.
Opening government, the Chicago way
Sustainability and analytics are guiding Chicago’s open data and app contest efforts. The city’s approach offers important insights to governments at all levels.
Data science is a pipeline between academic disciplines
Strata speaker and PhD candidate Drew Conway discusses how data science is influencing the processes and outcomes of academic research in the social sciences.
Honeycomb and the Android tablet tipping point
“Programming Honeycomb” author Marko Gargenta discusses the state of Android 3.x, the technical hurdles of Honeycomb, and why the slow adoption pattern of Android tablets may soon change.