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Vincent Granville's Blog – October 2021 Archive (4)

Covid: Predictions for the Next Ten Years

I am not a medical doctor, only a doctor in statistical science. Yet much of the political crisis has its origin rooted in data and statistical models: people who disagree, on either side, do so mostly because they disagree with the conclusions based on the opponent's data (accused of cherry-picking), or the validity of the data in question.…

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Added by Vincent Granville on October 30, 2021 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

A New Machine Learning Optimization Technique - Part I

In this series, we discuss a technique to find either the minima or the roots of a chaotic, unsmooth, or discrete function. A root-finding technique that works well for continuous, differentiable functions is successfully adapted and applied to piece-wise constant functions with an infinite number of discontinuities. It even works if the function has no root:…

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Added by Vincent Granville on October 23, 2021 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Lessons to be Learned from the Facebook Outage

Source: see last section in this article

During the October 4, 2021 great Facebook outage, which lasted for over 6 hours, making all FB properties (including Instagram, Snapshot, and even internal tools employees at FB use to communicate between themselves or even to enter the building) were down. Twitter's…

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Added by Vincent Granville on October 5, 2021 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Is Machine Learning an Art, a Science or Something Else?

Source: see last section in this article

Of course this question begs for the answer that it is both an art and a science. I view it more like craftsmanship. This article discusses my opinion on the subject.

We need to start by defining what machine learning is, or more precisely, what kind of work it…

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Added by Vincent Granville on October 3, 2021 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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