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Data Science Weekly Newsletter
February 23, 2017

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Data Science Articles & Videos

  • Tracking my movements on the football pitch with Fitbit
    I mostly run and play football, and when it comes to track your movements while jogging, my brand new Fitbit Surge does the job almost perfectly. I decided to test its effectiveness on the football field, so I wore it during a game in Paris. Fitbit allows you to export your data in a .TCX format. I did it, and then imported it in Google Earth to check whether the GPS was accurate or not...
  • Feel The Kern - Generating Proportional Fonts with AI
    A about a year ago I read two blog posts about generating fonts with deep learning; one by Erik Bernhardsson and TJ Torres at StitchFix... So why not just take what Erik and TJ have made and simply use that to generate new fonts? Because their models are lacking something: Even though they manage to capture the styles of individual characters very well, they do not incorporate the styling found between pairs of characters, namely the intended spacing in between them, known as kerning...
  • Learning from A.I. Duet
    Google Creative Lab just released A.I. Duet, an interactive experiment which lets you play a music duet with the computer. You no longer need code or special equipment to play along with a Magenta music generation model. Just point your browser at A.I. Duet and use your laptop keyboard or a MIDI keyboard to make some music...
  • Twitter researchers offer clues for why Trump won
    Two University of Rochester researchers are out with a new study about why the 2016 Presidential election turned out the way it did. Professor Jiebo Luo and PhD candidate Yu Wang conducted an extensive 14-month study of each candidate’s Twitter followers and arrived at some very interesting results...
  • Learning to generate one-sentence biographies from Wikidata
    We investigate the generation of one sentence Wikipedia biographies from facts derived from Wikidata slot-value pairs. We train a recurrent neural network sequence-to-sequence model with attention to select facts and generate textual summaries. These automated 1-sentence "biographies" from Wikidata, are preferred by readers over Wikipedia's 1st sentence in 40% of cases...
  • Deep Nets Don't Learn Via Memorization
    We use empirical methods to argue that deep neural networks (DNNs) do not achieve their performance by memorizing training data, in spite of overlyexpressive model architectures. Instead, they learn a simple available hypothesis that fits the finite data samples...
  • Playing SNES in the Retro Learning Environment
    Mastering a video game requires skill, tactics and strategy. While these attributes may be acquired naturally by human players, teaching them to a computer program is a far more challenging task. As a result, the Arcade Learning Environment (ALE) has become a commonly used benchmark environment allowing algorithms to trainon various Atari 2600 games. In this paper we introduce a new learning environment, the Retro Learning Environment — RLE, that can run games on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Sega Genesis and several other gaming consoles...


  • Data Scientist - SeatGeek - NYC
    SeatGeek operates a unique business model in a complicated, opaque market. Many of the hardest problems we face have never been tackled at scale and do not have clear questions, let alone answers. Moving forward requires critical thinking, rapid prototyping, and intellectual dexterity...

Training & Resources

  • Text mining in R: a tutorial
    At the end of this tutorial, you’ll have developed the skills to read in large files with text and derive meaningful insights you can share from that analysis. You’ll have learned how to do text mining in R, an essential data mining tool...
  • Experiment with Dask and TensorFlow
    This post briefly describes potential interactions between Dask and TensorFlow and then goes through a concrete example using them together for distributed training with a moderately complex architecture...


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