— In the News —
Some of the best AI researchers in the world are in the West. But some of the biggest advances are happening in China. Here's how... and what the West should be doing now.
Numerai is a new kind of hedge fund that's built around a community of anonymous data scientists. It's been gaining traction over the past two years and is, literally, getting smarter as it goes. This article lays out the Master Plan and Numerai's ambitious endgame.
“Data journalism” is often thought to be a revolution for the news industry but a recent study shows that's not really true. Here's why.
— Tools and Techniques —
This is a great article that describes the science behind personalized music recommendations. It starts with a short history of how music recommendation engines have evolved and then explores the three key approaches that have made Spotify so successful. If you've ever been curious about how these engines work, this is a must read!
SoundCloud set out to make their Data Scientists "more effective, happy, and productive" and ended up documenting their process and best practices along the way. Good, practical ideas here.
Here's how Instacart uses Monte Carlo simulations to balance supply and demand in a rapidly growing, high-variance marketplace.
PowerPoint is good for some things but when it comes to code, forget it. Here's a great idea for building aesthetic slides that are responsive, interactive, and let you use markdown to highlight code.
— Deep Learning —
Part 1 of Grant Sanderson's series about deep learning was super popular around the web last week. This week, he shows how neural networks learn via gradient descent.
This notebook from Fast.ai explains the crucial linear algebra operations you need for coding neural networks.
— Data Viz —
The IEEE Visualization Conference (VIS) is an annual conference on scientific visualization, information visualization, and visual analytics. It's a key conference for data visualization practitioners. In this post, Robert Kosara takes a look at the best papers from this year's event.
— In Case You Missed It —
Be sure to catch the most popular links from last week's issue...