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I don’t directly work in machine learning but one cannot deny the progress it has made and the effect it has on society. Who would have thought even a few years ago that ML would have basically solved face and voice recognition and translate nearly as well as humans. The Neural Information Process Systems conference held last week in Long Beach, California, sold out its 7500 registration slots i...
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Disney is set to buy 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion. I honestly don’t have the mental capacity or imagination to comprehend such a large sum, much less figure out…Tags: Disney, Fox, Quartz...
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Introducing yourself to R as an Excel user can be tricky, especially when you don’t have much programming experience. It requires that you switch from one mental model of the…Tags: Excel, R...
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Research group Euphrates experimented with lines and a ballet dancer’s movements in Ballet Rotoscope: By the way, rotoscoping is an old technique used by animators to capture movement. Pictures or…Tags: ballet, rotoscope...
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Doug Mills, reporting for The New York Times: Echoing his days as a real estate developer with the flair of a groundbreaking, Mr. Trump used an oversize pair of scissors…Tags: paper, physical...
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(This is not Andrew. I would ask you not to speculate in the comments who S is, this is not a great venue for that.) Kristian Lum just published an essay about her experiences being sexually assaulted at statistics conferences.  You should read the whole thing because it’s important, but there’s a sample paragraph. I […] The post We need to stop sacrificing women on the altar of...
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Gilbert Chin writes: After reading this piece [“How one 19-year-old Illinois man Is distorting national polling averages,” by Nate Cohn] and this Nature news story [“Seeing deadly mutations in an new light,” by Erika Hayden], I wonder if you might consider blogging about how this appears to be the same issue in two different disciplines. […] The post The Night Riders ...
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A fortnight ago, on the 1st December, I teased open the first door of my Advent Calendar - a luxurious Thorntons affair in cream and copper.On the rear of the door was printed a description of the chocolate that would kick-start my sugar-fuelled odyssey.I greedily punched my podgy forefinger through the foil sheath but, can you imagine my surprise, when the confection behind didn't match the descr...
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Here’s what we say on p.282 of BDA3: In the simulation literature (including earlier editions of this book), the warm-up period is called burn-in, a term we now avoid because we feel it draws a misleading analogy to industrial processes in which products are stressed in order to reveal defects. We prefer the term ‘warm-up’ […] The post Burn-in for MCMC, why we prefer the term warm-...
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[cat picture] A fundamental tenet of social psychology, behavioral economics, at least how it is presented in the news media, and taught and practiced in many business schools, is that small “nudges,” often the sorts of things that we might not think would affect us at all, can have big effects on behavior. Thus the […] The post The piranha problem in social psychology / behavior...
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