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December 21, 2014

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1:43 PM | Users like WiiU games more than critics. Critcs like PS4/XOne games more than users
The importance of Metacritic in the video game industry has been widely debated.  The intended and stated use of the website is to provide a service for consumers seeking to obtain an aggregated view of the critic community on various entertainment media. At the same time publishers wish to obtain high scores as they can be powerful marketing tools (. Another interesting feature of the site is that it also allows registered users to rate video games themselves. Both critic and users scores […]
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1:46 AM | Sunday Morning Insight: The Regularization Architecture
Today's insights go in different directions. The first one came in large part from a remark by John Platt on  Technet's Machine Learning blog who puts this into words much better than I ever could....Given the successes of deep learning, researchers are trying to understand how they work. Ba and Caruana had a NIPS paper which showed that, once a deep network is trained, a shallow network can learn the same function from the outputs of the deep network. The shallow network can’t […]
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1:21 AM | Celebrating the Winter Solstice at The Humanist
Winter Solstice Article in The Humanist The Humanist has posted my celebration of the Winter Solstice, the annual cosmological event around which almost all of the season’s holidays orbit, in the article The Darkest Day: A Quintessentially Humanist Celebration. Here’s a sample: The winter solstice connects me to Galileo, who revealed humanity’s true relationship to […]

December 20, 2014

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8:00 PM | Tested Builds: LED Hypnocube, Part 6
Tested Builds: LED Hypnocube, Part 6
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4:28 PM | Saturday Morning Videos : Spectral Algorithms: From Theory to Practice (Simons Institute @ Berkeley)
  I will also come back to some of the videos and slides of this workshop on Spectral Algorithms: From Theory to Practice organized at the Simons Institute at Berkeley. But in the meantime here are the links to pages that generally feature both the slides and the videos (and sometimes none of the two).  Topic Modeling: A Provable Spectral Method,  Ravi Kannan, Microsoft Research India Exact Recovery via Convex Relaxations, Moses Charikar, Princeton University The Impact […]
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12:05 PM | Saturday Morning Videos : Semidefinite Optimization, Approximation and Applications (Simons Institute @ Berkeley)
I will come back to some of the videos and slides of this workshop on Semidefinite Optimization, Approximation and Applications organized at the Simons Institute at Berkeley (is Simons in the audience ? ). But in the meantime here are the links to pages that generally features both the slides and the videos (and sometimes none of the two). Analysis and Design of Optimization Algorithms via Integral Quadratic Constraints  Benjamin Recht, UC Berkeley Adventures in Linear Algebra++ and […]

December 19, 2014

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10:29 PM | Print the Mystery Object: Tip of the Hat
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5:48 PM | Tested Builds: LED Hypnocube, Part 5
Tested Builds: LED Hypnocube, Part 5
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4:57 PM | Video and Slides: Analysis and Design of Optimization Algorithms via Integral Quadratic Constraints
From the Simons institute workshop on Semidefinite Optimization, Approximation and Applications, here is:Analysis and Design of Optimization Algorithms via Integral Quadratic Constraints by Benjamin RechtI will present a new method to analyze and design iterative optimization algorithms built on the framework of Integral Quadratic Constraints (IQC) from robust control theory. IQCs provide sufficient conditions for the stability of complicated interconnected systems, and these conditions can be […]
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2:00 PM | Michele Burke, Dracula, Mickey & Holiday Shopping - Episode 6 - 12/19/14
Oscar award-winning makeup artist Michele Burke joins Frank and I for our pre-holiday show. She talks a lot about creating iconic makeups for Gary Oldman and Tom Cruise. She also shares some ideas for the budding or pro makeup artist on your shopping list.
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1:00 PM | 12 Days of Tested Christmas: Will's Favorite Board Games of 2014
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12:58 PM | Job: Research positions (PostDocs and PhD studentship) at MSSL UCL
Jason just sent me the following: Hi Igor,I just wanted to let you know about some vacancies for postdoctoral researchers and PhD students at UCL. Would you consider posting on Nuit Blanche if you think it suitable?Details follow...Two vacancies are available for postdoctoral researchers to join MSSL UCL. These positions are focused on the development of novel sparse and statistical informatics techniques, and corresponding fast algorithms for high-performance computing, for application to […]
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9:24 AM | Update: The BuzzCloud for 2014
It has been almost two years since the last BuzzCloud update. So this update is well overdue: As you can see two of the biggest buzzwords in the cloud are computational proteomics and precision medicine. I am obviously quite happy to see that, considering that I currently have an open postdoc position in proteome bioinformatics […]
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6:00 AM | Video: A Statistical Model for Tensor Principal Component Analysis
From the Simons Institute Workshop on Spectral Algorithms: From Theory to Practice, here is:  A Statistical Model for Tensor Principal Component AnalysisAndrea Montanari, Stanford UniversityI will discuss the Principal Component Analysis problem for large tensors of arbitrary order k under a single-spike (or rank-one plus noise) model. On the one hand, using information theory, and recent results in probability theory I will provide necessary and sufficient […]
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4:11 AM | Episode 282 - A Very Sub-Nokia Podcast - 12/18/2014
This week, Will and Norm join Adam on tour in Los Angeles to talk about the long-term ramifications of the Sony hack, and talk about how the Behind the Myths tour has gone.

December 18, 2014

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6:54 PM | Adam's Tour Diaries #21: A Gorgeous Little Town
Dec. 12, 2014: I’m here to testify to the fact that Fayetteville, Ark., is a gorgeous little town. Really sweet. I woke up and had a couple of interviews. After some computing work, I headed out for a 90-minute walk around town. Like I said: Gorgeous!Fayetteville is full of buildings like this...… and windows like this ...… and manhole covers like this!I did an NPR interview in the morning with a woman named Antoinette Grajeda (you can listen to it here) and she told me […]
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3:00 PM | Behind the Scenes with Jamie and Adam's PSA
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2:16 PM | From Smartphones to (Playful) Smart Devices?
If you were a techie nerd in the 80s, you might have used a Casio Databank wristwatch: a bulky device that had a small LCD screen, capable of acting as a calculator, address book, as well as a simple gaming … Continue reading →
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11:10 AM | The many Rs of e-Research
The 6 12 many Rs of e-Research…what else could/should we add to this (especially in the context of research objects and supporting reproducible research)?Filed under: Research, Science
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10:36 AM | Tested Builds: LED Hypnocube, Part 4
Tested Builds: LED Hypnocube, Part 4
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10:00 AM | 12 Days of Tested Christmas: Portal 2 Atlas + P-Body
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6:00 AM | Video and Slides: Random Embeddings, Matrix-valued Kernels and Deep Learning
From the Simons Institute Workshop on Spectral Algorithms: From Theory to Practice, here is:   Random Embeddings, Matrix-valued Kernels and Deep Learning by Vikas SindhwaniThe recent dramatic success of Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) in many applications highlights the statistical benefits of marrying near-nonparametric models with large datasets, using efficient optimization algorithms running in distributed computing environments. In the 1990's, Kernel methods became the toolset of […]

December 17, 2014

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10:50 PM | Haskell's biggest flaw
And then a great, deep voice, like as that of James Earl Jones, spake unto me, saying, The greatest flaw of Haskell is the inability to define the identity function in a point-free style.
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8:53 PM | Learning with Fredholm Kernels - implementation -
Here is a way to do semi-surpevised learning with kernels (and even with Random Features at the very end) Learning with Fredholm Kernels by Qichao Que Mikhail Belkin and Yusu Wang. In this paper we propose a framework for supervised and semi-supervised learning based on reformulating the learning problem as a regularized Fredholm integral equation. Our approach fits naturally into the kernel framework and can be interpreted as constructing new data-dependent kernels, which we call […]
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6:40 PM | How to Get Into Hobby RC: Building Foam Airplanes
Electric airplanes made of molded foam are very popular in the RC world right now. While this class of airplanes used to be limited to small models with modest power, there is seemingly no limit to the size and power handling of modern “foamies”. Perhaps the largest contributor to their popularity is the marginal effort that’s required to assemble an attractive and nice-flying foam model. There are, however, some things to be aware of, and habits you should develop to court […]
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4:06 PM | In The Night Sky: Orion (FutureLearn/OU)
Explore the night sky, discover how stars formed and find out about exoplanets, all through the constellation of Orion.   Download video: standard or HD From the basics of astronomy and stargazing, to the science behind the birth of a star, this four week course will change the way you see the night sky. You’ll… Read more → The post In The Night Sky: Orion (FutureLearn/OU) appeared first on Tuxar.uk.
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3:13 PM | Thou, thee, you, and ye
Ever wonder what the rules were for when to use thou, thee, ye, or you in Shakespeare or the King James Bible? For example, the inscription on front of the Main Building at The University of Texas says Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. Why ye at the beginning […]
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3:01 PM | Tested In-Depth: Boosted Electric Skateboard!
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2:46 PM | MEC 2015: Midnight Sun conference on media education, ICT and games
Spread the word of this interesting conference – I am one of the keynotes and the call for papers is now open: Welcome to the MEC 2015! Media Education Conference – MEC 2015 (former NBE) is an informal and friendly … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Notes on HTML, XML, TeX, and Unicode
This week’s resource post: some notes on typesetting, Unicode, etc. Common Math Symbols in HTML, XML, TeX, and Unicode Accented letters in HTML, TeX, and Microsoft Word Greek letters in HTML, XML, TeX, and Unicode Unicode resources See also blog posts tagged LaTeX, HTML, and Unicode and the Twitter account TeXtip. Last week: C++ resources […]
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