Free Livestream: Bayesian Optimization From A/B to A-Z Testing & AI Debate Wed. Aug. 27 6:00pm MDT

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Free Livestream: Bayesian Optimization From A/B to A-Z Testing & AI Debate Wed. Aug. 27 6:00pm MDT

Time: August 27, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Oracle Campus
Street: Bldg 1 - 500 Eldorado Blvd
City/Town: Broomfield, CO 80021
Website or Map: http://www.meetup.com/Data-Sc…
Event Type: free, and, open, to, all, -, livestream
Organized By: Michael Walker
Latest Activity: Aug 28, 2014

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Oracle Campus - Wednesday August 27, 2014 @ 6:00pm MDT


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Location: Oracle Campus, Bldg 1 - 500 Eldorado Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021 Map: https://goo.gl/maps/KhWc6



6:00 - 6:20 Schmooze - Food shall be served in Lobby

6:20 - 6:30 Announcements

6:30 - 7:45 Bayesian Optimization: From A/B to A-Z Testing by Michael Mozer

7:45 - 8:30 Artificial Intelligence Debate

8:30 - 9:00 Networking


Bayesian Optimization: From A/B to A-Z Testing - Abstract


A/B testing is a traditional method of conducting a randomized controlled experiment to compare the effect of two treatments, A and B, on human subjects. For example, two alternative banner ads may be served to evaluate which is more effective in driving click throughs. A/B testing is used not only for marketing and web design but is the dominant paradigm in the experimental behavioral sciences used to understand human learning, reasoning, and decision making. Although the method can be extended to compare a handful of treatments, it does not solve the problem one often faces: searching over a large, possibly combinatorial or continuous space of alternatives to identify the treatment that achieves the best outcome. We describe a solution to this problem using Gaussian process surrogate-based optimization, a Bayesian method that relies on generative probabilistic models of human choice and judgment. Instead of assigning many human subjects to each of a few of treatments, the technique evaluates a few subjects on each of many treatments. The technique leverages structure in the space of treatments to infer the function that relates treatment to outcomes. We show the efficiency and accuracy of the technique on a range of problems, including: identifying preferred color combinations, maximizing charitable donations, and improving student learning of facts and concepts. This work is in collaboration with Robert Lindsey (University of Colorado) and Harold Pashler (UC San Diego).


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