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March 19, 2015

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7:30 AM | MOJIBAKE – The Rehearsal of Word Fragments In Verbal Recall | Developmental Psychology
Original Research ARTICLE Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00350 MOJIBAKE – The Rehearsal of Word Fragments In Verbal Recall Dr. Christiane Lange-Küttner1* and Eva Sykorova11Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing, London Metropolitan University, United KingdomTheories of verbal rehearsal usually assume that whole words are being rehearsed. However, words consist of letter […]
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5:00 AM | Single and multiple snapshot compressive beamforming
Single and multiple snapshot compressive beamforming by Peter Gerstoft, Angeliki Xenaki, Christoph F. Mecklenbräuker For a sound field observed on a sensor array, compressive sensing (CS) reconstructs the direction-of-arrivals (DOAs) of multiple sources using a sparsity constraint. The DOA estimation is posed as an underdetermined problem expressing the acoustic pressure at each sensor as a phase-lagged superposition of source amplitudes at all hypothetical DOAs. Regularizing with an […]
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3:52 AM | Wordless Wednesday: Pride “Rock”
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12:15 AM | Improbable Research Podcast #3: Michael Jackson Surgery
Surgery to make someone look like Michael Jackson dominates this week’s Improbable Research podcast. The podcast is all about research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK — research about anything and everything, from everywhere —research that’s good or bad, important or trivial, valuable or worthless. CBS distributes it, both on the new CBS Play.it web site, and on iTunes. Podcast #3: Michael […]

March 18, 2015

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10:25 PM | Thesis: Spectral classification using convolutional neural networks, Pavel Hála - implementation -
I love the approach !The following is "just" an MS Thesis but I simply found it fascinating for two reasons: Even though the author knows about astrophysics, you can read the thesis and think that he could be foreign to the field. Second, since CNNs are doing well on images,  Pavel does what people have been doing with voice, convert spectra into images. From the thesis:I was inspired by the way CRT monitors rasterize image on the shadow mask. The output matrices of intensities were […]
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7:30 PM | Robot Petting Zoo Features Kinder, Gentler Bots
A presentation at the 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival showcases the lighter side of advanced robotics.
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5:21 PM | On to Virginia Beach!
This weekend, BB and I, and our friend @SciTriGrrl, are running the Virginia Beach Half-marathon. I’m super excited even though my foot is not in great condition. I’m fit for the race, legs, lungs, heart, etc., but my left foot has been bugging me for a little more than a month. I get shooty nerve-things […]
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3:26 PM | Ben Pascoe joins Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)
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3:13 PM | What was that Again?: Decay of Attention in Science
The only thing in science than may be even more prominent than the data deluge is the paper deluge: there is an increasingly large number of scholarly (and “scholarly”) journals, and an ever-increasing wealth of papers to fill them. Clearly, this calls for a paper to analyze the situation. In a new study on the […]
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2:55 PM | 3-D Print from a Pool of Molten Metal
A new-kind of 3-D printer that let creations rise from pools of molten liquid in much the way the Terminator T-1000 robot rose from a silvery puddle.
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10:49 AM | Patients prefer robots (to tablets)
If you were obliged to receive healthcare instructions from a machine rather than a human, which would you prefer, a robot or a tablet? ‘People respond better to robots than computer tablets delivering healthcare instructions’ say a team from the Department of Psychological Medicine, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at The University […]
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9:00 AM | Everybody wants to be shallow: Compact Nonlinear Maps and Circulant Extensions
Everybody wants to be shallow ! Compared to the deep network frenzy, there is still the sense that some sorts of regularization is at play and that a shallow network might hold the key to the right regularization. Here some recent examples featured here:  Enhanced Image Classification With a Fast-Learning Shallow Convolutional Neural Network Fast, simple and accurate handwritten digit classification using extreme learning machines with shaped input-weights Kernel Methods Match Deep Neural […]
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5:00 AM | Meeting: missDATA 2015, Rennes, Brittany, France
Julie let me know of the following meeting   Dear colleagues, It is my pleasure to announce that the applied mathematics department of Agrocampus Ouest and the French Statistical society organize an international conference on missing values and matrix completion MissData  from the 17 to the 19 June 2015 at Agrocampus Ouest in Rennes. The conference website is:http://missdata2015.agrocampus-ouest.fr  The objective of this conference is to spotlight the […]
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12:28 AM | REGISTER NOW | One Day Workshop on Research Tools: Supporting Research and Publication
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March 17, 2015

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5:54 PM | Nominative Determinism: A. Pothecary, the pharmacist
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5:05 PM | Plants Thrive in Psychedelic, Underground Farms
Growing plants indoors in psychedelic hydroponic conditions consumes less energy, space and water than growing them in fields outside.
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3:16 PM | Enhanced Image Classification With a Fast-Learning Shallow Convolutional Neural Network
It must be the second shallow network featured here recently and all use some sort of random projection techniques for their measurements: Enhanced Image Classification With a Fast-Learning Shallow Convolutional Neural Network by Mark D. McDonnell, Tony Vladusich We present a neural network architecture and training method designed to enable very rapid training and low implementation complexity. Due to its training speed and very few tunable parameters, the method has strong potential for […]
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2:09 PM | What’s Our Top Energy Concern?
My last post explained why lower prices at the pump aren’t quite as black and white as most media outlets would have us believe. Sure it’s comfortable for our wallets, but the nuances... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:45 PM | Vacuum Maker Dyson Invests in 40-Hour Battery
New battery technology could double the energy density of top-of-the line lithium-ion batteries.
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12:19 PM | An Alcoholic’s St. Patrick’s Day.
I guess this is the seventh March 17th in a row I’ll be sober. I have nearly no memory of St. Patrick’s Day as a drunk. Not because I was too drunk to recall, but because I never bothered to note it. I was a daily drinker. In the 5 years prior to my getting […]
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11:29 AM | Piano-crush test at the Kirkaldy Testing Museum
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11:28 AM | Ig Nobel show at Nottingham Trent, Wed eve
The 2015 Ig Nobel EuroTour descends Wednesday evening, March 18, on Nottingham Trent University. Here are details: NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY, Nottingham, UK. Newton Building, Goldsmith Street. Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm. (TICKETS.) Featuring: Marc Abrahams; Chris McManus (Ig Nobel winner, Scrotal asymmetry in ancient Sculpture and man); Richard Stephens (Ig Nobel winner, The effect of swearing on pain); Richard Webb (Tribute to John […]
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5:00 AM | Adaptive-Rate Sparse Signal Reconstruction With Application in Compressive Background Subtraction
Using DECOPT, one can envision evaluating the number of measurements for the next video frame by assuming that additional information to the next frame is going to be sparse. This is is what today's paper is looking into: Adaptive-Rate Sparse Signal Reconstruction With Application in Compressive Background Subtraction by Joao F. C. Mota, Nikos Deligiannis, Aswin C. Sankaranarayanan, Volkan Cevher, Miguel R. D. Rodrigues We propose and analyze an online algorithm for reconstructing a sequence […]

March 16, 2015

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4:07 PM | Google Turns Search Suggestions into 'Family Feud'
Complete the last half of a search query for points.
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3:30 PM | DECOPT - DEcomposition Convex OPTimization - implementation -
Just noticed the following recent solver. From the main page: DECOPT - DEcomposition Convex OPTimizationOverviewDECOPT is a MATLAB software package for solving the following generic constrained convex optimization problem:minx∈Rp,r∈Rn{f(x)+g(r):Ax−r=b, l≤x≤u},  (CP)where f and g are two proper, closed and convex functions, A∈Rn×p, b∈Rn and l,u∈Rp are the lower and upper bounds of x.Here, we assume that f and g are […]
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1:27 PM | “It’s [wildcard] Jim, but not as we know it” — The Firm’s lyrics in academic paper titles
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12:08 PM | Dreams and Lies and Intimacy.
I had some bad dreams last night. Drinking dreams. I dreamed that on my recent vacation with BB, I had actually had a few drinks. Never been drunk, but had a drink or two from time to time. And in fact, I dreamed that I had done that several times since quitting my alcoholic-level drinking. […]
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10:27 AM | The impact of low oil prices on state tax revenues
Despite a slight uptick since January, global oil prices are still half of what they were a year ago. These low prices have benefited consumers by dropping the price of gasoline and diesel across the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:05 AM | The Future Of UAV In The U.S.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwkxx84wXNo Want to know what’s in store for the UAV community and industry in the coming years? This short documentary-style film features the opinions of many major influencers in the world of drones, including manufacturers and sellers from across the globe. You can also see some of the latest drone technology on display, as the filmmakers take models out for… Read more → The post The Future Of UAV In The U.S. appeared first on UAV Coach.
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5:00 AM | Variational Inference for Sparse Spectrum Approximation in Gaussian Process Regression -implementation -
From the paper:Lazaro-Gredilla et al. (2010) suggested an alternative approximation to the GP model. In their paper they suggest the decomposition of the GP’s stationary covariance function into its Fourier series. The infinite series is then approximated with a finite one. They optimise over the frequencies of the series to minimise some divergence from the full Gaussian process. This approach was named a “sparse spectrum” approximation. This approach is closely related to […]
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