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The Year in Machine Learning (Part One)

This is the first installment in a four-part review of 2016 in machine learning and deep learning. In the first post, we look back at ML/DL news organized in five high-level topic areas: Concerns about bias Interpretable models Deep learning accelerates Supercomputing goes mainstream Cloud platforms build ML/DL stacks In Part Two, we cover developments in each of the leading open

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Big Analytics Roundup (August 29, 2016)

TechCrunch reports results of a new study, which says that you really don’t need a co-founder after all. Next, they’ll be telling us we don’t need to floss. Python and R Matt Asay argues that Python is a gateway language that leads data scientists to R. (h/t Oliver Vagner). That’s oversimplified and mostly incorrect. The breadth of R’s analytics functionality tends

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Big Analytics Roundup (May 31, 2016)

Google’s TPU announcement on May 18 continues to reverberate in the tech press. In Forbes, HPC expert Karl Freund dissects Google’s announcement, suggesting that Google is indulging in a bit of hocus-pocus to promote its managed services.  Freund believes that TPUs are actually used for inference and not for model training; in other words, they replace CPUs rather than GPUs. Read

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Big Analytics Roundup (May 23, 2016)

Google announces that it has designed an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) expressly for deep neural nets. Tech press goes bananas. The chips, branded Tensor Processing Units (TPUs) require fewer transistors per operation, so Google can fit more operations per second into the chip. In about a year of operation, Google has achieved an order of magnitude improvement in performance per watt for

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