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Feature Engineering: A Framework and Techniques

<i>This Domino Field Note provides highlights and excerpted slides from Amanda Casari’s “Feature Engineering for Machine Learning” talk at QCon Sao</i> …

Data Science

Are Cities Making Animals Smarter?

A mysterious wild cat in Sri Lanka may hold a clue.<p>The goldfish were the first to vanish. Every so often, a few would go missing overnight from the office’s tiny outdoor pond. But goldfish were cheap, so no one in the building—an environmental nonprofit in the bustling, sweaty center of Colombo, …

Sri Lanka

The Future of Porn Is Only Getting Worse

We interviewed award-winning feminist adult film maker Erika Lust about the impact of FOSTA/SESTA on porn, the problem with age verification checks and the value of education over regulation.<p>When we're all reading books aloud to each other for entertainment again, it's possible that 2018 will be …

Internet

Raytheon CEO: Why Your Own Employees Could Be Your Greatest Threat

Is there a bounty on your intellectual property?<p>It’s more likely than you think. Earlier this month, news broke that FBI agents investigating a case …

Cybersecurity

Timsort: Fastest sorting algorithm for real world problems.

Timsort was implemented by Tim Peters in 2002, it has been a standard sorting algorithm for Python since Python 2.3. Python's sorted and list.sort …

Programming

Bitcoin key mechanism and elliptic curves over finite fields

Bitcoin uses the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (<b>ECDSA</b>) based on elliptic curve cryptography. The particular elliptic curve is known as</b> …

Mathematics

Heavy rains in Kenya reveal a crack that shows Africa will split into two continents

Heavy rains caused havoc in Kenya in March, collapsing hospital walls, flooding entire neighborhoods, and closing off major highways. The downpour also exposed a fault line that geologists now say is evidence that the African continent will split into two over the next tens of millions of years.<p>The …

Horn of Africa

We've been expecting you: fugitive tries to hide in French spy HQ

A man who fled the scene of a car crash in Paris took the ultimate wrong turn, seeking refuge in the headquarters of France’s spy agency.<p>The driver, who reportedly did not have a driving licence, was involved in a crash on the capital’s Périphérique ring road on Friday, scaling a fence several …

France

These stoner hackers want machine learning to save us from sick weed

Nothing harshes a good mellow like sick buds. Thankfully, there may one day be an app for that.<p>Hidden from the hazy Friday afternoon of Las Vegas, …

The US says Oracle is encouraging Indians to hire other Indians—and it’s killing diversity

Indians have quite the presence in tech. Two of the industry’s most powerful executives—Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella—are of Indian origin, as are Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and Nokia <b></b>CEO Rajeev Suri. In the startup world, $2 billion grocery-delivery platform Instacart was …

Satya Nadella

Numbers that, base 2, are blindingly obviously divisible by 3

James Tanton ( @jamestanton ) asked, on Twitter:<p>“For which N is there a multiple of N with N 1s and N 0s when written in binary?”<p>Computationally we …

Mathematics

Blue light from phone screens accelerates blindness, study finds

Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness.<p>Research by the University of Toledo in the US has revealed that prolonged exposure to blue light triggers poisonous molecules to be generated in the eye’s …

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Learn ML Algorithms by coding: Decision Trees

<b>Since the focus is on learning the algorithms, efficiency is not given priority. At places, I have even traded off efficiency for explainability</b><p><b>Me</b>: …

Algorithms

Mathematician discusses solving a seemingly unsolvable equation

Perhaps you remember Pascal's Triangle from your schooldays, with the binominal coefficients? In the triangle, every number entered in a line of the …

Mathematics

254 Shades of Gray – Ingrid’s beautiful logic

If one of the greatest pleasures in life is the feeling of really helping others, Ingrid Daubechies must be one of the happiest people at the ICM …

New Jersey

A Poet of Computation Who Uncovers Distant Truths

The theoretical computer scientist Constantinos Daskalakis has won the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize for explicating core questions in game theory and …

Machine Learning

The Indie Dev Who Left Australia To Finish His Game

Image: Ben Johnson<p>Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and consequently a pretty poor place economically for game development. …

Game Development

Has type safety gone too far?

Types undeniably greatly reduce and perhaps even eliminate certain classes of bugs from occurring such as misinterpreting data stored in a …

Compilers

Detecting and Outlining Lakes with Python3 and OpenCV 3

In the article, I will go over some basic shape and contour detection using Python3 and OpenCV.<p>The source code for this article can be found</i> …

Image Processing

Finger Detection and Tracking using OpenCV and Python

<b>TL;DR. Code is here</b>.<p>Tracking the movement of a finger is an important feature of many computer vision applications. In this application, A histogram …

Image Processing

Genetic Algorithm Implementation in Python

This tutorial will implement the genetic algorithm optimization technique in Python based on a simple example in which we are trying to maximize the …

Machine Learning

Top 20 Python AI and Machine Learning Open Source Projects

TensorFlow was originally developed by researchers and engineers working on the Google Brain Team within Google’s Machine Intelligence research …

Machine Learning

‘I was tired of covering my face to hide from the mafia’: Italian MP Piera Aiello

I was warned that if I didn’t marry his son, he would kill my mother and father<p>My mother-in-law hoped the mafia would kill me and her daughter. Our becoming police informants was dishonourable<p>Sipping a cappuccino in a cafe on Sicily’s Palermo docks, a woman is recalling a dramatic exchange with her …

Crime

While tech waffles on going public, biotech IPOs boom

For people who make investment decisions based on revenues and projected earnings, biotech IPOs are kind of a non-starter. Not only are new market entrants universally unprofitable, most have zero revenue. Going public is mostly a means to raise money for clinical trials, with red ink expected for …

Venture Capital

Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics – Lecture 5

Advanced Modeling & Simulation (AMS) Seminar Series<p>Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics – Lecture 5<p>Speakers: <b><br>Thomas H. Pulliam</b>, Computational …

Mathematics

A physical model for efficient ranking in networks

Abstract<p>We present a physically inspired model and an efficient algorithm to infer hierarchical rankings of nodes in directed networks. It assigns …

Algorithms

Why Is Google Translate Spitting Out Sinister Religious Prophecies?

Google Translate is moonlighting as a deranged oracle—and experts say it’s likely because of the spooky nature of neural networks.<p>Type the word “dog” into Google Translate 19 times, request that the nonsensical message be flipped from Maori into English, and out pops what appears to be a garbled …

Google Translate

Clustering Using K-means Algorithm

This article explains K-means algorithm in an easy way. I’d like to start with an example to understand the objective of this powerful technique in …

Machine Learning

The Big Internet Math-Off Semi-Final 1 – Nira Chamberlain v Zoe Griffiths

This is the penultimate round of the hottest contest of the summer, The Big Internet Math-Off. We’re down to 4 competitors, each raring at the bit to …

Yann LeCun: An AI Groundbreaker Takes Stock

T<p>he mid-1980s: Besides the infamy of mullet haircuts, pink plaid jackets and manic Richard Simmons workout videos, research on artificial intelligence (AI) had ground to an absolute standstill. For starters, computers simply lacked the processing power to make things happen. Floppy disk-drive …

Artificial Intelligence