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- Are You Setting Your Data Scientists Up to Fail?
“Getting as much as they can from analytics is critical for companies seeking to monetize their data, become data-driven, and put their data to work. Yet most find this difficult. Indeed, the failure rate of analytics projects remains distressingly high.”
- For artificial intelligence to thrive, it must explain itself
If it cannot, who will trust it?
- Should data scientists adhere to a Hippocratic oath?
“The tech industry is having a moment of reflection. Even Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook are talking openly about the downsides of software and algorithms mediating our lives.”
- Sky-High Salaries Are the Weapons in the AI Talent War
Want to command the crazy wages? Here’s what you need to bring.
- It’s Getting Harder to Tell Banks From Tech Companies
Just imagine the day that Goldman Sachs offers an Uber-for-mergers app.
- Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if You’re a White Guy
When the person in the photo is a white man, the software is right 99 percent of the time.
- Interpretable Machine Learning through Teaching
From OpenAI: “We’ve designed a method that encourages AIs to teach each other with examples that also make sense to humans.”
- Introduction to Learning to Trade with Reinforcement Learning
“The academic Deep Learning research community has largely stayed away from the financial markets. Maybe that’s because the finance industry has a bad reputation, the problem doesn’t seem interesting from a research perspective, or because data is difficult and expensive to obtain.” This sounds cool, but…
- Deep Reinforcement Learning Doesn’t Work Yet
“Whenever someone asks me if reinforcement learning can solve their problem, I tell them it can’t. I think this is right at least 70% of the time.”
- Greedy, brittle, opaque, and shallow: the downsides to deep learning
We’ve been promised a revolution in how and why nearly everything happens. But the limits of modern artificial intelligence are closer than we think.
- ‘Black Mirror’ technology: Chinese police don high-tech glasses to nab suspects
Chinese police are sporting high-tech sunglasses that can spot suspects in a crowded train station, the newest use of facial recognition technology that has drawn concerns among human rights groups.
- The 5 Clustering Algorithms Data Scientists Need to Know
A quick and comprehensive overview.
- Introduction to GIS with R
Spatial data with the sp and sf packages.
- How to write production-ready data science code?
The ability to write a production-level code is one of the sought-after skills for a data scientist role— either posted explicitly or not. For a software engineer turned data scientist this may not sound like a challenging task as they might have already perfected their skill at developing production level codes and deployed into production several times.
- TensorFlow for R
“Over the past year we’ve been hard at work on creating R interfaces to TensorFlow, an open-source machine learning framework from Google. We are excited about TensorFlow for many reasons, not the least of which is its state-of-the-art infrastructure for deep learning applications.”
- 8 Deep Learning Best Practices I Learned About in 2017
Great overview of the little tricks there are to learn in the version 2 edition of fast.ai’s Deep Learning course.