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Machine Learning: A Love Story

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Summary

Hilary Mason presents the history of machine learning covering some of the most significant developments taking place over the last two decades, especially the fundamental math and algorithmic tools employed. She also exemplifies how machine learning is used by bit.ly to discover various statistical information about users.

Bio

Hilary Mason is the lead scientist at bit.ly, where she is finding sense in vast data sets. She is a former computer science professor with a background in machine learning and data mining, has published numerous academic papers, and regularly releases code on her personal site, www.hilarymason.com. She has discovered two new species, loves to bake cookies, and asks way too many questions.

About the conference

Strange Loop is a developer-run software conference. Innovation, creativity, and the future happen in the magical nexus "between" established areas. Strange Loop eagerly promotes a mix of languages and technologies in this nexus, bringing together the worlds of bleeding edge technology, enterprise systems, and academic research. Of particular interest are new directions in data storage, alternative languages, concurrent and distributed systems, front-end web, semantic web, and mobile apps.

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Nov 09, 2010

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  • Good stuff

    by Brian Edwards,

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    I love this topic and have many books on it, but I don't have the mathematical foundation to appreciate and comprehend everything so I'm having to backtrack and learn the math basics. I seem to intuitively understand the concepts but have trouble with the nitty-gritty details. Thanks for posting this.

    What machines?; I'm in love with Hilary.

  • Great talk

    by peter lin,

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    As someone who studies AI for fun and have been studying it for over 9 years, the talk made it fun. Usually AI papers are dry and boring. I didn't think it was possible to make a AI talk hilarious and entertaining.
    Highly recommend people watch it.

  • Videos not available?

    by Dave Kincaid,

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    I'd really like to be able to watch this but I see a message that says "Videos are not available at this time. The service will be restored soon. Thank you for your patience." Is anyone else getting that? It's been that way all day.

  • Re: Videos not available?

    by Alex Miller,

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    The videos were unavailable earlier but they work now if you try it (despite the message).

  • Re: Videos not available?

    by Dave Kincaid,

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    Still not working here and the mp3 link is broken too. This is my first time on this site. Not very impressed. Does anyone know anywhere else that this may be available?

  • Re: Videos not available?

    by Alex Miller,

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    I suspect it's probably an issue of caching - I saw the same thing earlier and eventually could see it after enough browser monkeying. I'll ping someone about the mp3 link too. The issues infoq is experiencing at the moment are not typical and should hopefully be resolved soon.

  • Re: Videos not available?

    by Dave Kincaid,

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    Thanks. Guess I'll just have to be patient. I tried it in a completely different browser on a different machine with the same result. Appreciate the replies.

  • Love it

    by Arunkumar Dharuman,

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    Though off the topic, I like to share this info.
    The title of this presentation reminds me a Tamil movie "Enthiran" (it is a Tamil word which means Robot). In the movie, the Robot is programmed to feel, sense and love.

  • Re: Videos not available?

    by Mike Bria,

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    First...Dave, trust us - completely not typical of InfoQ, among the best, most reliable sources of tech info available on the web for years running.

    That said...I can't watch on Chrome (Mac), it just sticks. Works in Safari though. Hm?..

  • Re: Videos not available?

    by Dave Kincaid,

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    Yeah I'm having trouble with it in Chrome on Linux too, but am able to get it working in Chrome in a Windows virtual machine. Firefox on Linux wouldn't work either. Must be something with the flash video player. I don't have problems with other video sites, so it's not a general Flash player problem.

    This talk is fantastic, by the way! Glad I was able to find a browser/os combo that would work.

  • New York Times API

    by asdf asdf,

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    I really enjoyed the talk!

    Just as a site note:
    Instead of scraping the content from the New York Times you should use their API
    developer.nytimes.com/docs/article_search_api/

  • Re: Good stuff

    by SHEEP APPLE,

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    SAME HERE. HILARY IS AGREEABLE.

  • Where's the rest o the video

    by Hugo Barauna,

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    I don'w know about you guys, but for me, the video ended before the end of the talk. Sehe jusr starts to talk about using ML and data analysis in bitly and, BAM!, the video is cut.

    Could you InfoQ guys post the whole video?

  • Re: Where's the rest o the video

    by Hugo Barauna,

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    Ok, now it's working for me. It was probably just a hiccup.

  • Apollo Guidance Computer

    by Dan Mulligan,

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    Fascinating talk! The probability problem was a real thought provoker.

    One comment: I know it doesn't make as good a story, but the Apollo Guidance Computer was not instrumental in the Apollo flights. It was basically a backup on-board calculator, that was not used much, and failed several times. During the first Apollo landing it failed to work properly. The real math was all done on the ground on several much larger computers including an IBM System/360 Model 195 mainframe in Greenbelt Maryland (built specially for NASA, there were only 2 made). If some of the engineers had had their way, the astronauts would have had no control at all over where they were going (there was much debate early on). When Armstrong unexpectedly took over manual control of the lander (to miss a crater & some boulders) during the first moon landing, everyone in mission control stopped breathing. "you've got a bunch of guys about to turn blue". But these were test pilots, who by the way, believed they only had about a 50% chance of returning to Earth.

  • Awesome

    by Sri Sreedhar,

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    Awesome Post. Liked it

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