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Data Science Weekly Newsletter
November 26, 2015

Editor's Picks

  • Taking a Neural Net out for a walk
    Kyle McDonald hooked a neural network program up to a webcam and had it try to analyze what it was seeing in realtime as he walked around Amsterdam...

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Data Science Articles & Videos

  • What “50 Years of Data Science” Leaves Out
    As a B-list celebrity data scientist, and skeptic of the underspecified, overhyped “Data Science” movement, I was so glad to find David Donoho’s critical take in 50 Years of Data Science, which has made its way around the Internet. Read it now. I suppose it should really be called 53 years of Data Science, but 50 is a popular number of things to have something of...
  • Reducing Overfitting in Deep Networks by Decorrelating Representations
    One major challenge in training Deep Neural Networks is preventing overfitting. Many techniques such as data augmentation and novel regularizers such as Dropout have been proposed to prevent overfitting without requiring a massive amount of training data. In this work, we propose a new regularizer called DeCov which leads to significantly reduced overfitting (as indicated by the difference between train and val performance), and better generalization...
  • Unsupervised Representation Learning with Deep Convolutional Generative Adversarial Networks
    In recent years, supervised learning with convolutional networks (CNNs) has seen huge adoption in computer vision applications. Comparatively, unsupervised learning with CNNs has received less attention. In this work we hope to help bridge the gap between the success of CNNs for supervised learning and unsupervised learning... and generate really cool bedroom images that look super real!...
  • The Hardest Parts of Data Science
    Contrary to common belief, the hardest part of data science isn’t building an accurate model or obtaining good, clean data. It is much harder to define feasible problems and come up with reasonable ways of measuring solutions. This post discusses some examples of these issues and how they can be addressed....
  • Machine Learning methods used in a major breakthrough in Nutrition Science
    Two groups led by Eran Elinav and Eran Segal have presented a stunning paper providing startling new insight into the personal nature of nutrition. The Israeli research teams have demonstrated that there exists a high degree of variability in the responses of different individuals to identical meals, and through the elegant application of machine learning, they have provided insight into the diverse factors underlying this variability...


  • Data Scientist - Shyp - San Francisco, CA
    Data is the backbone for how we make decisions, build amazing products and operate cutting edge logistics. We’re looking for a technical candidate who is passionate about building and mining databases, turning data into insights, and leveraging data to make improvements in the product and throughout the company. As the first dedicated data science hire, this person will work closely with our Product, Operations and Marketing teams to level up our data-driven culture...

Training & Resources

  • Scikit Flow
    This is a simplified interface for TensorFlow, to get people started on predictive analytics and data mining...
  • TensorFlow Examples
    Code examples for some popular machine learning algorithms, using TensorFlow library. This tutorial is designed to easily dive into TensorFlow, through examples. It includes both notebook and code with explanations...


  • Python Data Science Cookbook New release and getting very good reviews...
    "This book gives a very practical approach to learn some of the important algorithms using Python. Great hands on experience. I am sure once you do the examples in this book, most of the fundamental concepts will be understood..."... For a detailed list of books covering Data Science, Machine Learning, AI and associated programming languages check out our resources page...

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