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Data Science Weekly Newsletter
August 26, 2021

Editor's Picks

  • Season 1 finale of @therobotbrains podcast with the amazing @ilyasut Co-Founder/Chief Scientist @OpenAI
    On the last episode (Ep.22) of Season One of The Robot Brains Podcast our guest is Ilya Sutskever. Ilya is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of OpenAI. As a PhD student at Toronto, Ilya was one of the authors on the 2012 AlexNet paper that completely changed the field of AI, resulting in the widespread adoption of deep learning, resulting in the avalanche of AI breakthroughs we’ve seen the past 10 years...His breakthroughs include AlexNet, seq2seq, MT, GPT, CLIP, DallE, Codex...
  • The Modern Data Experience: How a revolution comes together. Or doesn’t
    Over the last several months, catalyzed by a post by Emilie Schario and Taylor Murphy, it’s become popular to say that data teams should think of everything they create as a product, and the rest of their colleagues as their customers. To build on this idea, what should that product be? What should it feel like to go from question, through technology and tools, through collaboration and conversation, to an answer?...
  • The 7 Reasons Most Machine Learning Funds Fail Marcos Lopez de Prado [Video]
    This talk, titled The 7 Reasons Most Machine Learning Funds Fail, looks at the particularly high rate of failure in financial machine learning. The few managers who succeed amass a large number of assets, deliver consistently exceptional performance to their investors. However, that is a rare outcome. This presentation will go over the 7 critical mistakes underlying most financial machine learning failures based off of Marcos López de Prado’s experiences and observations...

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Data Science Articles & Videos

  • How DeepMind's Generally Capable Agents Were Trained
    One of DeepMind's latest papers, Open-Ended Learning Leads to Generally Capable Agents, explains how DeepMind produced agents that can successfully play games as complex as hide-and-seek or capture-the-flag without even having trained on or seen these games before...As far as I know, this is an entirely unprecedented level of generality for a reinforcement-learning agent...The following is a high-level summary of the paper, meant to be accessible to non-specialists, that should nevertheless produce something resembling a gears-level model...
  • Using ML and Optimization to Solve DoorDash’s Dispatch Problem
    DoorDash delivers millions of orders every day with the help of DeepRed, the system at the center of our last-mile logistics platform. But how does DeepRed really work and how do we use it to keep the marketplace running smoothly? To power our platform we needed to solve the “dispatch problem”: how to get each order from the store to the customer, via Dashers, as efficiently as possible. In this blog post, we will discuss the details of the dispatch problem, how we used ML and optimization to solve the problem, and how we continuously improve our solution with simulations and experimentation...
  • Reinforcement Learning Course Materials
    Lecture notes, tutorial tasks including solutions as well as online videos for the reinforcement learning course hosted by Paderborn University. Source code for the entire course material is open and everyone is cordially invited to use it for self-learning (students) or to set up your own course (lecturers)...
  • Knowledge Graphs 2021: A Data Odyssey [PDF]
    Over the last 15 years, huge knowledge bases, also known as knowledge graphs, have been automatically constructed from web data, and have become a key asset for search engines and other use cases...This position paper reviews these advances and discusses lessons learned. It highlights the role of "DB thinking" in building and maintaining high-quality knowledge bases from web contents. Moreover, the paper identifies open challenges and new research opportunities...
  • gslides: Creating charts in Google slides
    gslides is a Python package that helps analysts turn pandas dataframes into Google slides & sheets charts by configuring and executing Google API calls...The package provides a set of classes that enable the user full control over the creation of new visualizations through configurable parameters while eliminating the complexity of working directly with the Google API...
  • An oscilloscope for deep learning
    The Data Exchange Podcast: Charles Martin on how ideas from physics can be used to build practical tools for evaluating and tuning neural networks...
  • Text Data Augmentation for Deep Learning
    In this survey, we consider how the Data Augmentation training strategy can aid in its development. We begin with the major motifs of Data Augmentation summarized into strengthening local decision boundaries, brute force training, causality and counterfactual examples, and the distinction between meaning and form. We follow these motifs with a concrete list of augmentation frameworks that have been developed for text data...


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