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New York City announces task force to find biases in algorithms

 New York City announces task force to find biases in algorithms

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio today announced a task force to examine how city agencies use algorithms to make decisions. The mayor’s office called it the “first of its kind in the U.S.” and said the task force aims to produce a report in December 2019.

Specifically, the new task force will examine machine learning algorithms in use by the New York City Police Department, the Department of Transportation, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Administration for Children’s Services, the Department of Education, and the Department of Social Services. It will develop a process to determine whether the automated systems are “fair,” “equitable,” and “accountable.” It will also identify ways the algorithms’ decision-making can be made more transparent.

The task force’s creation is mandated by a City Council law passed in 2017, and part of the Council’s broader effort to study how AI systems discriminate against people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship status, and gender. Council member James Vacca, the bill’s sponsor, told ProPublica he was inspired by investigations into a racially biased algorithm designed to classify DNA samples.

“As data and technology become more central to the work of city government, the algorithms we use to aid decision making must be aligned with our goals and values,” said Mayor de Blasio. “The establishment of the Automated Decision Systems Task Force is an important first step towards greater transparency and equity in our use of technology.”

The task force will be chaired by Emily Newman, acting director of the mayor’s Office of Operations, and Brittny Saunders, deputy commissioner for strategic initiatives at the Commission of Human Rights. The rank and file is still in flux, but the city says it will include “representatives from a variety of fields, including individuals from academic and legal communities, experts in data and technology, and leaders of nonprofits and think tanks.”

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User Task evaluated after SMTAnalysis[]

 User Task evaluated after SMTAnalysis[]

I wonder wether theres any way to evaluate a task right after the SMTAnalysis[] command.
The purpose is to initialise some values corresponding a whole mesh like e.g. the area covered by a domain.
The corresponding code would be like:

SMSExport[w detJ , ed$  $  ["Data", 2], "AddIn" -> True];

So I need to have the AceFEM data fields available in such a subroutine.

Thanks for your replies. in advance icon smile User Task evaluated after SMTAnalysis[]

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Everything You Need to Know About Task Flows

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Task flows are an awesome feature available in Microsoft Dynamics 365, and in today’s blog, we’re giving you the 411 on everything you need to know about them!

What are Task Flows?

Task flows are a user-level approach to managing business processes on the mobile device. In fact, they’re actually a subcategory of Business Process flows. Task flows are different from business process flows in that they can be executed by multiple users at the same time on the same record. They also benefit your users by making the underlying CRM data model transparent in the Mobile user interface. User level task flows offer guidance in the mobile UI where the full business process flow form might just be too much information to manage.

Before we get started, you should be aware of three important points:

1. Task flows are currently available for Mobile CRM Mobile app only.

2. Task flows are officially in preview mode (meaning this feature has not yet been completed, but has been made available with limited or restricted functionality with the goal of soliciting feedback from customers).

3. Task flows must first be enabled or turned on and you must accept the license terms before the feature can be used.

Now we can get to the good stuff! First off, let’s take a look at how to create a task flow.

How to Create a Task Flow

To create a task flow, you need to access the Processes area under Settings.

1. First, navigate to Settings > Processes > New.

2. For the Category, select Business Process Flow.

3. Then, select the Type Run the process as a task flow (Mobile only).

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How to Enable Task Flow Functionality

As we mentioned earlier, task flows must first be turned on or enabled before they can be used. As you can see in the image above, the option to create a task flow is not available since it has not been enabled. To turn on task flows, you need to access the Preview section under System Settings.

1. First, navigate to Settings > Administration.

2. Next, go to System Settings and select the Preview tab.

3. Check that you have read and agreed to the license terms.

4. Select Yes for the Enable Task Flows for Mobile Preview section.

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Once enabled, the option to create a task flow will be made available:

1. Navigate to Settings > Processes > New.

2. For the Category, select Business Process Flow.

3. Then, select the Type Run process as a task flow (Mobile only).

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That’s it! For more tricks and tips, make sure you subscribe to our blog and check out some of PowerObjects’ awesome webinars, where we delve into all that’s new and exciting with Microsoft Dynamics 365.

Happy Dynamics 365’ing!

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How to Simplify the Most Hated Operational Task for all Project Based Organizations

What is the most hated operational or administrative task that any professional services resource needs to do? Time entry.

Some businesses can afford to let it slide, but in a project focused business, accurate time entry is crucial.

Let’s be honest, this task will never be loved by the people that need to account for their time on a daily or weekly basis. But you can make it easier for them.

The Complicated Time Entry Method

In my experience, many companies have a disjointed process of collecting time.  Often it is managed within the ERP system because the billing is generated from the ERP system, not necessarily from CRM. The company might have a custom interface between ERP and CRM that shows a high level project plan, but doesn’t have all the project tasks. Usually people enter their time there or manage their time on spreadsheets and then send that to an admin assistant who will aggregate all of the time, assign it to a project and manually type it into the ERP system to process billing.

In this scenario the company is not leveraging the information within the CRM system which is where all of customers, projects and project tasks are outlined.

This type of complicated time entry wastes time, frustrates users and is often inaccurate.  And managers are not able to access updated reports at any point in the project.

The Simple Time Entry Method

The Project Management tool from AbleBridge provides integrated time entry from within Microsoft Dynamics CRM.  The time sheet interface allows someone to look at every single day of the week, easily pick the projects and project tasks that they’re working on and enter their associated time. Both billable and non-billable time.

Each project task under the main project has a budget. Time is entered against the specific budget line item.  This means you can always see the estimated time vs actual time spent vs time billed for each project.

This system dramatically reduces the amount of time it takes resources to enter their time and keeps administrative efforts to a minimum.

Our simplified time entry system also allows for deep analysis.  By looking at a project report from Dynamics CRM managers can look at trends and make decisions to keep the current project on track and plan for future projects.

Imagine a project manager asking these questions:

“I see that we are under budget here and we’re about done with the project task.”

  • That is great, but why are we under budget?
  • Did we do something more efficiently?
  • Did we budget too high?
  • Did we miss something?

“I see we put in three times the actual time that we budgeted for this task.”

  • Do we need to increase the budget on the next project?
  • Do we need to circle back with the resource and ask why it took so long?
  • Were they spinning their wheels on an issue that can be resolved?
  • Did they ask others for help?

Having a time entry system that is correctly integrated with your project management system in Dynamics CRM allows you to have that type of insight.  This leads to better projects, happier clients and better internal resource management.

Also Read: How I Get My Team to Enter Project Time Daily in Dynamics CRM

If you are interested in learning more about the simplified time entry method within Project Management for Dynamics CRM contact AbleBridge.

By AbleBridge, Massachusetts Microsoft Dynamics CRM Gold Partner, now a Crowe Horwath company.


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Use Task Scheduler and PowerShell to process your SSAS database

Most of the times you will use SSIS or a SQL Agent job to process a SSAS model, but sometimes you don’t have either one at your disposal. Today we will look at using the regular Windows Task Scheduler and PowerShell to process a partition.

The first thing you have to make sure of is that the SQL Server PowerShell commandlets are installed, more on this in this help document. In short if you have SSMS on this machine, you should be fine.

Next you need to get the command you want to execute. In my case I just go to SSMS and capture the command used to process a partition:

“refresh”: {
“type”: “automatic”,
“objects”: [
“database”: “Sales”,
“table”: “DimDate”,
“partition”: “DimDate”

As you can see this is a SQL Server 2016 TMSL command but this will also work for XMLA. I then save this to a file in my case “c:\temp\query.xmla”.

Next I construct the Power Shell script. I selected to use the Invoke-ASCmd command. I could also have selected to use individual cmlets like Invoke-ProcessDimension to execute tables or partitions. This might be interesting in a real world case where I want add some logic to my processing scheme but for now I keep it simple wlEmoticon smile Use Task Scheduler and PowerShell to process your SSAS database this is about the mechanism not what is possible with PowerShell (hint a lot wlEmoticon smile Use Task Scheduler and PowerShell to process your SSAS database)

Here is the command I finally used:

Invoke-ASCmd –InputFile “C:\temp\query.xmla” -Server “localhost”

Calling this from the PS command shell gives me the resultset returned from AS:

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I could write some PowerShell that would analyze these results and do something with it.

To be able to call this command from PowerShell I need to create yet another file that contains the PowerShell command. This is really straightforward, just create a new file called .ps1 and paste in the command. Done..

Now executing this gives me the same results:

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Now lets schedule this with the Task Scheduler:

First I open the Task Scheduler and add a new Task:

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(Observe I did select “Run whether user is logged on or not”).

Next is to define a new action, using the following command””:

powershell -file “c:\temp\command.ps1”

The scheduler is smart enough to figure out which part is the command and which the parameters, so it takes care of it for us:

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Lastly I went back to the triggers tab to actually add a schedule:

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This made it ready to run, in my case I manually started it:

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Voila that gives you a light weight scheduler for your SSAS tasks. If you want to read more on PowerShell and the task manager check out this blog here and here with more on setting up the task scheduler with Power Shell.

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Taking Control Over Nail Clipping Task

Where there is a will, there is a way.

N4wnO85 Taking Control Over Nail Clipping Task

“This is what I have to do to my dog so I can cut his nails with no sass.”
Image courtesy of http://imgur.com/gallery/N4wnO85.

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