Tag Archives: BigML

The Year in Machine Learning (Part Four)

This is the fourth installment in a four-part review of 2016 in machine learning and deep learning. — Part One covered Top Trends in the field, including concerns about bias, interpretability, deep learning’s explosive growth, the democratization of supercomputing, and the emergence of cloud machine learning platforms. — Part Two surveyed significant developments in Open Source machine learning projects, such as R, Python, Spark, Flink,

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How to Steal a Predictive Model

In the Proceedings of the 25th USENIX Security Symposium, Florian Tramer et. al. describe how to “steal” machine learning models via Prediction APIs. This finding won’t surprise anyone in the business, but Andy Greenberg at Wired and Thomas Claburn at The Register express their amazement. Here’s how you “steal” a model: — The prediction API tells you what variables the model uses; the

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Big Analytics Roundup (September 26, 2016)

Note to readers: Recently, I’ve noticed that news about events that occur on Tuesdays seems stale by the time I publish on Monday. Beginning this week, I’m shifting to a new publication model, posting analysis of events as they happen instead of a weekly roundup. You could say I’m switching from batch updates to real-time updates, which should please Nathan Marz.

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Big Analytics Roundup (August 22, 2016)

MIT Technology Review reports that Chicago’s experiment in predictive policing isn’t working. Data scientists developed a list of a few hundred people likely to commit a shooting; police, however, ignored the predictions, primarily because nobody told them what to do with individuals on the list. The report illustrates a fundamental truth about data science: no amount of insight matters unless your

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Gartner’s 2016 MQ for Advanced Analytics Platforms

This is a revised and expanded version of a story that first appeared in the weekly roundup for February 15. Gartner publishes its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms.   You can get a free copy here from RapidMiner (registration required.)  The report is a muddle that mixes up products in different categories that don’t compete with one another,

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