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Vik's Blog - Writings on machine learning, data science, and other cool stuff

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Why was I looking for a good machine learning task to try out? In machine learning, the goal is to learn from data and a known outcome to predict an unknown outcome for future data. For example, if the algorithm predicts that the Washington Redskins will win 6 games next year, and they actually win 7 games, was the algorithm good? So, if we just assume that teams will win as many games next year, the actual number will, on average be /- 3.1 games away.


How AI will disrupt sports entertainment networks

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Viewers are more likely to be paying attention, and the clips ultimately reach a larger audience due to highlight reel replays and social media shares. First, by tuning an algorithm to look for specific entities -- in this case sponsors' logos -- cognitive technology can find and quantify brand placements in a video. With AI technology, production teams could efficiently source relevant content to integrate past segments into the current broadcast. To beat the competition, sports networks can utilize AI technology to provide an engaging viewer experience.


How AI will disrupt sports entertainment networks

#artificialintelligence

Viewers are more likely to be paying attention, and the clips ultimately reach a larger audience due to highlight reel replays and social media shares. First, by tuning an algorithm to look for specific entities, in this case, sponsors' logos, cognitive technology can find and quantify brand placements in a video. With AI technology, production teams could efficiently source relevant content to integrate past segments into the current broadcast. To beat the competition, sports networks can utilize AI technology to provide an engaging viewer experience.


A robot named Heliograf got hundreds of stories published last year

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The rise of artificial intelligence in journalism brings up many questions about the future of reporting. The dogged reporters, members of the vaunted Fourth Estate, the men and women who bring us the news stories we read every day? It's happening, and odds are that you've been reading stories created by artificial intelligence in local and world news already. Over the past year, the Post has published 850 stories from Heliograf, expanding its reach to include reporting on subject like congressional races and high-school football games.


Train your Deep Learning Faster: FreezeOut

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The authors of this paper propose a method to increase training speed by freezing layers. The authors demonstrated a way to freeze the layers one by one as soon as possible, resulting in fewer and fewer backward passes, which in turn lowers training time. The authors experimented with different values for Equation 2.1 The authors tried scaling the initial learning rate so that each layer was trained for an equal amount of time. I demonstrated 2(and half of my own) very recent and novel techniques to improve accuracy and lower training time by fine tuning learning rates.


Time Series Forecasting With Prophet

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It can be used for time series modeling and forecasting trends into the future. Unlike typical time-series methods like ARIMA (which are considered generative models), Prophet uses something called an additive regression model. I haven't dug into any of the math, but based on the description in their introductory blog post, Prophet builds separate components for the trend, yearly seasonality, and weekly seasonality in the time series (with holidays as an optional fourth component). One can imagine variables that could be used along with the time series to further improve the forecast (for example, a variable indicating if Peyton Manning had just won a game, or had a particularly good performance, or appeared in some news articles).


Fantasy Football Artificial Intelligence Cheat Sheet!

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After hours and days of trial and error (and error and trial again) I feel confident enough to release the culmination of my two previous articles (part 1 & part 2) -- a Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence fantasy football 2017 cheat sheet. Sometimes the best applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning simply uncover new insights or confirm insights already in hand. So we can infer from this that overall previous year rank is a fairly good indicator of where their rank will be the subsequent year but if we're looking to identify top point scorers or exclude the bottom rung scorers this may not be a great help. It wants us to exclude Quarterbacks to get there and anyone who has the name "ronnie":) Quarterbacks are few and far between and as we traverse the right side of the tree (the high rank number -- lower performance rank) quarterbacks are at the top.


AI-to-AI communication in advertising increases brand safety and improves ad performance

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A marketer inputs brand names, product names and celebrity names that the brand has identified as important to their campaign. Watson Discovery News analysis of one article, "What young people can learn from Tom Brady's Super Bowl Win," results in a high sentiment score and activates a positive keyword phrase "Super Bowl Win" in the Rocket Fuel platform. This article would receive a negative sentiment score and trigger negative keywords ("Concussion, "Football Player Safety") in the Rocket Fuel Platform. While no single AI technique can meet every need, the Discovery News AI was developed to find and interpret millions of articles each week to determine sentiment; Rocket Fuel's AI was developed for the specific task of transforming millions of customer data points into predictive marketing intelligence.


AI seeks fantasy football challengers

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Computer scientists at University of Southampton are testing an artificially intelligent tool for predicting Premier League football results. The machine learning algorithm has managed to beat BBC football commentator Mark Lawrenson's predictions for two seasons in a row. Fantasy football is a game in which users assemble an imaginary team of real-life footballers and score points based on the players' actual statistical performance during the season. Fantasy managers can compete with Squadguru's AI in the Challenge the Squadguru league in the free Fantasy Premier League salary cap game by entering league code 2917382-677658.


Smart Software Learns to Run And Play Football - Learning Simplify

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The idea of a dystopia in which intelligent machines learn human tasks and resolve to put an end to our existence, so common in literature and science fiction cinema, seems to be only a matter of time. The intelligent software uses machine learning and was created just to develop skills on its own. In the future, DeepLoco can make a very impressive contribution to the development of games in the future. If the evolving characters of Mordor Shadows are already attractive, imagine characters not controlled by the player with the ability to learn new skills as the game unfolds?