Scientific Discovery


Data Discovery and Lineage Simplified for Cloud Analytics

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Findings show that data practitioners spend a majority (up to 80%1) of their time on data wrangling instead of mining data for analytics and machine learning projects. Organizations want to find trusted datasets so they gain visibility into workloads across data sources as well as their upstream and downstream impact. Take the first step towards successful cloud modernization with Databricks and Informatica. The partnership provides an end-to-end data discovery and lineage enabled by Informatica's AI-powered Enterprise Data Catalog that helps enterprises be highly strategic about data engineering with complete visibility into their data stack. Register now to see an in-depth demo of the Databricks and Informatica joint solution for data lineage.


Hypothesis Testing in Machine Learning: What for and Why

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Suppose you are working on a machine learning project, for which you want to predict if a set of patients have or not a mortal disease, based on several features on your dataset as blood pressure, heart rate, pulse and others. Sounds like a serious project, for which you'll need to really trust your model and predictions, right? That's why you got hundreds of samples, that your local hospital very gently allowed you to collect, given the importance and the seriousness of the topic. But how do you know if your sample is representative of the whole population? And how can we know how much difference might be reasonable?


A data scientist calls for caution in trusting AI discoveries Science News

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We live in a golden age of scientific data, with larger stockpiles of genetic information, medical images and astronomical observations than ever before. Artificial intelligence can pore over these troves to uncover potential new scientific discoveries much quicker than people ever could. But we should not blindly trust AI's scientific insights, argues data scientist Genevera Allen, until these computer programs can better gauge how certain they are in their own results. AI systems that use machine learning -- programs that learn what to do by studying data rather than following explicit instructions -- can be entrusted with some decisions, says Allen, of Rice University in Houston. Namely, AI is reliable for making decisions in areas where humans can easily check their work, like counting craters on the moon or predicting earthquake aftershocks (SN: 12/22/18, p. 25).


Science and Technology Advance through Surprise

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Figure 4 (left) shows that the probability of being a hit paper increases gradually with career and team novelty, but expedition novelty rises much more quickly as the strongest predictor. Papers involving the most unexpected publication events or conversations are 3.5 times more likely than random to be hit papers. Figure 4 (left) also shows that career and team novelties are highly correlated, suggesting that successful teams not only have members from multiple disciplines, but also members with diverse backgrounds who "glue" interdisciplinary teams together (also see Figure S3). Successful knowledge expeditions, however, are the most likely path associated with breakthrough discovery. When regressing content and context novelties of a paper separately on the three background novelty measures, we find that expedition novelty has by far the largest effect on context novelty (), but team novelty has the marginal top effect on . 2 3, p 0 0 1 β 2 .


Text Mining Machines Can Uncover Hidden Scientific Knowledge

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Berkeley Lab researchers Vahe Tshitoyan, Anubhav Jain, Leigh Weston, and John Dagdelen used machine learning to analyze 3.3 million abstracts from materials science papers. Sure, computers can be used to play grandmaster-level chess, but can they make scientific discoveries? Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shown that an algorithm with no training in materials science can scan the text of millions of papers and uncover new scientific knowledge. A team led by Anubhav Jain, a scientist in Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division, collected 3.3 million abstracts of published materials science papers and fed them into an algorithm called Word2vec. By analyzing relationships between words the algorithm was able to predict discoveries of new thermoelectric materials years in advance and suggest as-yet unknown materials as candidates for thermoelectric materials.


AutoDiscovery-Exploring Complex Relationships for Scientific Discovery

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More detailed analysis would follow from initial discoveries of interesting and significant parameter correlations within complex high-dimensional data. An article was recently published in Nature on "Statistical Errors – p Values, the Gold Standard of Statistical Validity, Are Not as Reliable as Many Scientists Assume" (by Regina Nuzzo, Nature, 506, 150-152, 2014). In this article, Columbia University statistician Andrew Gelman states that instead of doing multiple separate small studies, "researchers would first do small exploratory studies and gather potentially interesting findings without worrying too much about false alarms. Then, on the basis of these results, the authors would decide exactly how they planned to confirm the findings." In other words, a disciplined scientific methodology that includes both exploratory and confirmatory analyses can be documented within an open science framework (e.g., https://osf.io)


Demystifying hypothesis testing with simple Python examples

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Hypothesis testing is a critical tool in inferential statistics, for determining what the value of a population parameter could be. We often draw this conclusion based on a sample data analysis. With the advent of data-driven decision making in business, science, technology, social, and political undertakings, the concept of hypothesis testing has become critically important to understand and apply in the right context. There are a plethora of tests, used in statistical analysis, for this purpose. See this excellent article for a comprehensive overview of which test to use in what situation.


Explorium reveals $19.1M in total funding for machine learning data discovery platform – TechCrunch

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Explorium, a data discovery platform for machine learning models, received a couple of unannounced funding rounds over the last year -- a $3.6 million seed round last September and a $15.5 million Series A round in March. Today, it made both of these rounds public. The seed round was led by Emerge with participation of F2 Capital. The Series A was led by Zeev Ventures with participation from the seed investors. The total raised is $19.1 million.


Pathology - Pixel Scientia Labs - Quantifying Images For Scientific Discovery

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Recent improvements in whole slide scanning systems, GPU computing, and deep learning make automated slide analysis well-equipped to solve new and challenging analysis tasks. These learning methods are trained on labeled data. This could be anything from annotating many examples of mitosis, labeling tissue types, or categorizing a full slide or set of slides from a particular patient sample. The goal is then to learning a mapping from the input images to the desired output on training data. Then the same model can be applied to unseen data.


Empowering Innovation & Scientific Discoveries

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CAS drives Increase in R&D productivity with launch of breakthrough Retrosynthesis Planner in SciFinder-n. This unites advanced technology with CAS's unmatched collection of chemical reaction data to increase efficiency of chemical synthesis planning.