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Data Science Weekly Newsletter
February 28, 2019

Editor's Picks

  • Cocktail similarity
    Ever wondered whether it's possible to measure the similarity between sets of ingredients in cocktails so you can conceptualize drinks in a connected graph, in which edges represent substitutions? No? well,...
  • Humanity + AI: Better Together
    So the counter-narrative I want to offer to the mainstream, front page accounts is that with careful, thoughtful, empathic design, we can enable ourselves to live longer, safer lives. We can create jobs where we are doing more creative work. We can understand each other better. But before I get to the many, many examples of where this is already happening today, let me share what’s happening in the AI ecosystem more broadly...

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Data Science Articles & Videos

  • AdaBound
    An optimizer that trains as fast as Adam and as good as SGD, for developing state-of-the-art deep learning models on a wide variety of popular tasks in the field of CV, NLP, and etc...
  • Fixup Initialization: Residual Learning Without Normalization
    Normalization layers are a staple in state-of-the-art deep neural network architectures. They are widely believed to stabilize training, enable higher learning rate, accelerate convergence and improve generalization, though the reason for their effectiveness is still an active research topic. In this work, we challenge the commonly-held beliefs by showing that none of the perceived benefits is unique to normalization. Specifically, we propose fixed-update initialization (Fixup), an initialization motivated by solving the exploding and vanishing gradient problem at the beginning of training via properly rescaling a standard initialization...
  • Paper: Parsing Gigabytes of JSON per Second
    Daniel Lemire and I have spent some time this year working on a fast JSON parser. In this blog post, I’ll provide an informal summary of the paper and some background as to the thinking behind the system...


MIT Robo-AI Exchange

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  • Data Scientist - Disney Streaming - NYC

    The Data Scientist is a critical position within DSS and in the Data organization who specializes in applying machine learning methods to meet optimization, personalization, recommendations and efficiency related challenges, in close collaboration with engineering and business partners. In this role, you will build and apply machine learning techniques and modern statistics to data both augment decision-making but to also significantly improve operational process problems through automation. You will collaborate across teams to define problems and develop automated solutions with the Data, Product and Engineering teams to be built into our products...
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Training & Resources

  • Print TensorFlow Version
    Learn how to find out which version of TensorFlow is installed in your system by printing the TensorFlow version, via a screencast video and full tutorial transcript...


  • The Book of R: A First Course in Programming and Statistics
    "The Book of R is a comprehensive, beginner-friendly guide to R, the world’s most popular programming language for statistical analysis. Even if you have no programming experience and little more than a grounding in the basics of mathematics, you’ll find everything you need to begin using R effectively for statistical analysis"...

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