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September 02, 2014

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10:13 PM | 3D Printing Material Mimics Balsa Wood Strengths
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9:58 PM | In Brief: Death Valley's Sailing Stones Mystery Solved
The mystery of Death Valley's famous moving stones has finally been solved. For almost a century, geologists have been puzzled by the movement of stoves along a dry lake bed called Racetrack Playa in the California desert. The moving stones, which weigh up to 700 pounds, travelled up to 3000 feet in their journey, seemingly without any human or animal assistance. To study their movements, geologists in 2011 tagged 15 rocks with GPS loggers and time-lapse cameras, and even buried magnetic […]
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9:00 PM | In Brief: Intel Launches Haswell-E CPU, X99 Chipset
Late last week, Intel officially launched Haswell-E, its ultra high-end Desktop CPU based on its Haswell architecture. The follow-up to Ivy Bridge-E is Intel's first eight-core desktop CPU, as previous Extreme Edition desktop CPUs topped out at six cores while eight and more cores were reserved for the server market. To run the Core i7-5960X, Intel also launched the X99 chipset, which is its first to support DDR4 memory. Yep, DDR4 is finally here to desktops. Built on the same 22nm process that […]
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4:08 PM | Enriching the Frankl Conjecture
See a number, make a set Henning Bruhn and Oliver Schaudt are mathematicians or computer scientists, or both. They are currently working in Germany, but wrote their survey on the Frankl Conjecture (FC) while working together in Paris. Schaudt is also known as an inventor of successful mathematical games. Today Ken and I wish to […]
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3:30 PM | Videos: International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2014 videos are out
The videos of the ICML 2014 are here. Here are the Keynotes and tutorials, some of which you have already heard about if you are a faithful reader of Nuit Blanche.Keynote: On the Computational and Statistical Interface and "Big Data" Authors: Michael JordanPeople, Decisions, and Cognition: On Deeper Engagements with Machine Learning Authors: Eric HorvitzAlgorithmic Trading and Machine Learning Authors: Michael KearnsTutorial: Frank-Wolfe and Greedy Optimization for Learning with Big […]
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1:30 PM | Dream Jobs - 09/02/2014
In the conclusion of the epic jobs trilogy, Adam, Norm, and Will discuss their dream jobs. Enjoy!
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10:37 AM | Data science expiration date
About three years ago JD Long said I like the term “Data Scientist” for now. I expect that term will be meaningless in 5 years. Sounds about right.  
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5:05 AM | Tested Projects: Building a Custom Arcade Cabinet, Part 2
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5:00 AM | Thesis: Inference and Estimation in High-dimensional Data Analysis, Adel Javanmard
I just started the thesis tag for blog entries that feature thesis manuscripts. Here is a new one which might be quite appropriate in light of the potential connection between current Deep Leanring issues and Approximate Messga Passing algorithms as mentioned in Parallel Paths for Deep Learning and Signal Processing ?. Without futher ado, Inference and Estimation in High-dimensional Data Analysis by Adel JavanmardModern technologies generate vast amounts of fine-grained data at an […]
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5:00 AM | Kernel Methods Match Deep Neural Networks on TIMIT
Spotted the following paper in the blog entry More Deep Learning Musings by Paul Mineiro, one can write in the blog the following:...For me the best evidence comes from that old chestnut MNIST. For many years the Gaussian kernel yielded better results than deep learning on MNIST among solutions that did not exploit spatial structure. Since the discovery of dropout this is no longer true and one can see a gap between the Gaussian kernel (at circa 1.2% test error) and, e.g., maxout networks (at […]
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4:00 AM | Google Play App Roundup: Google News and Weather, Back to Bed, and Month
You probably want more apps, but more than that, you want the right ones. That;s what we're here to deliver with the weekly Google Play App Roundup. This is where you'll find the best new and newly updated apps and games on Android. Just click the link to head right to Google Play.This week Google finally updates one of its old apps, you go back to bed, and calendars get pretty.Google News and WeatherGoogle included a neat news and weather widget in stock Android back in the Froyo days. This […]

September 01, 2014

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8:29 PM | Book: An Introduction to Compressive Sensing
Here is a book from OpenStax: An Introduction to Compressive Sensing by Chinmay Hegde, Richard Baraniuk, Mark A. Davenport, Marco F. Duarte The table of content:IntroductionSparse and Compressible Signal ModelsSensing MatricesSparse Signal Recovery via ℓ_1 MinimizationAlgorithms for Sparse RecoveryApplications of Compressive SensingAppendicesI just added this very interesting book on the Learning Compressive Sensing page.  Join the […]
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5:29 AM | Show and Tell: LEGO Ideas Research Institute
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5:00 AM | The Long Post of the Summer
Aside for the blog entries featuring papers this past June, July and August, here are quite a few papers that appeared on ArXiv and other journals this Summer:Linear time Principal Component Pursuit and its extensions using ℓ1 filtering by Risheng Liu, Zhouchen Lin, Zhixun Su, Junbin Gao In the past decades, exactly recovering the intrinsic data structure from corrupted observations, which is known as Robust Principal Component Analysis (RPCA), has attracted tremendous […]
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4:37 AM | Paper submitted to Recomputability 2014: “Share and Enjoy”: Publishing Useful and Usable Scientific Models
Last month, me, Ben Hall, Samin Ishtiaq and Kenji Takeda (all Microsoft Research) submitted a paper to Recomputability 2014, to be held in conjunction with the 7th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2014) in London in December. This workshop is an interdisciplinary forum for academic and industrial researchers, practitioners and developers […]

August 31, 2014

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5:00 AM | Nuit Blanche in Review ( August 2014 )
Since the last Nuit Blanche in Review (July 2014), Rosetta arrived at 67P but many other awesome things happened:We featured an instance of Data Driven or Zero Knowledge Sensor Design: a Depth Camera for Close-Range Human Capture and InteractionThis panel video entitled Is Deep Learning the Final Frontier and the End of Signal Processing ? produced a strong reaction from one of the leaders in Deep Learning. His response: Yoshua Bengio's view on […]

August 30, 2014

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4:59 PM | Link o' the day: Maciej Cegłowski is my new waifu
I'm behind the times, I know, but I just found Dabblers and Blowhards by Maciej Cegłowski and I find it an acceptable piece of text. This essay, a response to Paul Graham's "Hackers and Painters", is the source of many unique quotes such as, "In his essays he tends to flit from metaphor to metaphor like a butterfly, never pausing long enough to for a suspicious reader to catch up with his chloroform jar," or his definition of: Painters apply colored goo to cloth using animal hairs tied to […]
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12:01 PM | Trop-plein des Andes
Après "L'adaptation à l'altitude" que j'ai eu le temps d'écrire, mes autres idées d'articles andins finissent dans ce trop-plein d'août: - La coca - Les camélidés américains - L'or des incas
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11:57 AM | Saturday Morning Video: Life at the Speed of Light - Craig Venter ( and some remarks )
We mentioned Craig Venter before ( How Can Compressive Sensing and Advanced Matrix Factorizations enable Synthetic Biology ? ), he is a very inspiring speaker. This one is no exception. I believe there are a lot many issues that need to be addressed in this exploration and I have decided to create the Paris BioSciences Meetup group as a result. We'll about the scientific and technical aspect of some of the issues mentioned in this video and more, come join us if you are in the Paris area. […]

August 29, 2014

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4:34 PM | Slides: Deep Learning - Russ Salakhutdinov, KDD2014, Accelerating Random Forests on Scikit-Learn - Gilles Louppe
After the slides of Yoshua Bengio ( Scaling up Deep Learning - Yoshua Bengio and attendant Yoshua Bengio's view on Deep Learning) at KDD, here are the slides of Russ SalakhutdinovDeep Learning , Deep Learning II as a side note let us mention that Deep Boltzmann Machines seem to share some similarities with Approximate Message Passing algorithms ( as mentioned earlier). All the other tutorial slides at KDD2014 can be found here.Unrelated, here are the slides of […]
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1:00 PM | Getting Started With the Printrbot Simple Metal
Norm and I kicked off July by building a 3D printer, the Printrbot Simple Metal It was the third printer we’ve built, and it was interesting building a printer with a metal frame, but once we got it assembled and did a couple of test prints, we didn’t have time to touch it for a month. I’ve spent much of the last week dialing in the printer, figuring out its nuances, and getting decent prints out of it. We’ll do a Tested In-Depth video with it at some point in the […]
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11:32 AM | Data quality: topology
Data quality is crucial for the quality of any analyis result. The fanciest application, the most sophisticated analysis routine, nothing can completely compensate weak data quality. For the digital representation of road networks, graphs are used as the geometrical basis. In a GIS attributes are attached to the geometry, either to linear segments (edges) or […]
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9:12 AM | Makerbot Mystery Build: Beware the Vertices
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5:00 AM | Universal Streaming
This is simply fascinating: Universal Streaming by Vladimir Braverman, Rafail Ostrovsky, Alan RoytmanGiven a stream of data, a typical approach in streaming algorithms is to design a sophisticated algorithm with small memory that computes a specific statistic over the streaming data. Usually, if one wants to compute a different statistic after the stream is gone, it is impossible. But what if we want to compute a different statistic after the fact? In this paper, we consider the […]
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3:42 AM | Shout-out to Sabeti Lab
A shout-out today to my friend and colleague Pardis Sabeti (and her lab) for their Science article on the Ebola virus that appeared earlier today.  Pardis and her group have been studying the genetics of viral diseases, and in particular the Lassa virus.  So they were there and ready when the recent Ebola virus began and went to work.  They sequenced 99 Ebola virus genomes from 78 patients, and have analyzed the resulting information to gain insight into how the disease is […]

August 28, 2014

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5:12 PM | Do theoretical computer scientists despise practitioners? (Answer: no, that’s crazy)
A roboticist and Shtetl-Optimized fan named Jon Groff recently emailed me the following suggestion for a blog entry: I think a great idea for an entry would be the way that in fields like particle physics the theoreticians and experimentalists get along quite well but in computer science and robotics in particular there seems to […]
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3:00 PM | Norm and I Are On Our Way to Seattle
Sorry for the slow news days today and tomorrow. Norm and I are both travelling, and will be incommunicado for the first part of the day. If you're coming to PAX in Seattle, we'll be there, and there will be a Tested meetup on Friday night from 6:30 to 8:30. Follow Will and Norm on Twitter, and we'll post the details on Friday afternoon. (Premium members check your email, you already have the details). We'll be.around all weekend, playing board games, hanging out with people and checking out […]
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1:00 PM | Episode 269 - I Felt the Earth Move - 8/28/2014
As they prepare to leave for PAX Prime in Seattle, Will and Norm discuss the Napa earthquake, Amazon buying Twitch, living inside a hologram, and the biggest Kickstarter ever. All that, plus our PAX plans, what we're testing, and your questions answered. Enjoy!
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8:08 AM | I’m a teapot
Great to see Google adhering to standards and finally implementing RFC 7168: The Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol for Tea Efflux Appliances (HTCPCPT-EA), published at the start of April this year. From §2.3.3: TEA-capable pots that are not provisioned to brew coffee may return either a status code of 503, indicating temporary unavailability of […]
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8:07 AM | Witnessing the early growth of a giant : First ever sighting of galaxy core formation
Astronomers have uncovered for the first time the earliest stages of a massive galaxy forming in the young Universe. The discovery was made possible through combining observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, and the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The growing galaxy core is blazing with…Read more →
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