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9 Key Machine Learning Algorithms Explained in Plain English


Machine learning [] is changing the world. Google uses machine learning to suggest search results to users. Netflix uses it to recommend movies for you to watch. Facebook uses machine learning to suggest people you may know. Machine learning has never been more important. At the same time, understanding machine learning is hard. The field is full of jargon. And the number of different ML algorithms grows each year. This article will introduce you to the fundamental concepts

Grassley disappointed Iowa-Iowa State game nixed after Big Ten make schedule change

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on The Big Ten's plan to have a conference-only schedule during the college football season stunned many fans and left at least one U.S. senator upset. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tweeted his disappointment Thursday after learning one of the top conferences in college football was changing up its schedule as the U.S. continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic with no real end in sight. Grassley was particularly upset that there would be no rivalry game between Iowa and Iowa State this year.

Spot and Pepper robots will perform at spectatorless baseball games in Japan


Sports leagues and teams around the world have been filling stadiums with stuffed toys and cardboard cutouts to stand in for fans who can't watch in person due to the coronavirus pandemic. SoftBank, however, is taking things a step further in an effort to make its Japanese baseball team's games a lot livelier. The company has revealed (via Engadget Japanese) that its robotic division's Pepper humanoid robot and Boston Dynamics' quadruped robot Spot will perform together at Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks' home games. SoftBank built a special stage where the two machines will dance together to the tune of the Hawks' theme song Iza Yuke Wakataka Gundan. The home games will be held at the Fukuoka PayPay Dome, and the robots are expected to perform there from July 7th through the 31st.

Tempo Studio Review: The Future of Gyms


Even before gyms closed down (because they'd quickly become coronavirus Petri dishes), I always found it intimidating to walk through the door. All I've ever done to stay fit growing up has been participating in youth sports. I played soccer, ran laps, and did the occasional pushups, planks, and other bodyweight exercises as coaches demanded them. But as I got older and it came time to tame my steadily expanding beer belly, I'd walk past the free weights section of my local gym and head straight to the treadmill. I know strength training is important but I had no idea where to begin.

Virtual humanoid RoboCup workshops


The 24th edition of RoboCup, due to take place in Bordeaux in late June, has been postponed until 2021. Obviously an event which centres on soccer matches between opposing teams of robots is something that cannot be recreated online. However, keen to do something in place of the annual extravaganza, the organisers laid on a virtual workshop for the RoboCup humanoid community. This provided a venue for teams to present updates, discuss ideas and solve problems. The workshop took place from 25 to 28 June and included presentations, workshops and lightning talks.

Kobe Bryant to be featured on NBA 2K21's 'Mamba Forever' edition

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Kobe Bryant will grace the cover of NBA 2K21's "Mamba Forever" edition. The video game series will honor the late Los Angeles Lakers legend on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game and the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions as well. The current video game consoles will have cover art featuring Bryant during his 81-game performance in 2006 and the future generation console game will picture Bryant waving to the Staples Center crowd in his final game.

How Artificial Intelligence Can Impact the Future of eSports - IMC Grupo


It is highly likely that artificial intelligence will impact many different parts of our lives moving forward. The gaming and gambling industries are likely to lean heavily on AI in the future and with eSports bridging both of those, we are likely to see AI involved a lot in the future of eSports. They already use many types of technology to improve their services, expect to see AI amongst those in the future. In 2019, 6.6 billion hours of eSports content was watched by fans, which was available to players through approximately 56,000 different live broadcasting channels. The potential for those looking to invest in eSports is huge, and with AI, those who are choosing to look towards the future can have a better guess at what is going to happen.

IBM uses AI to enhance old Wimbledon tennis footage for the digital era


Along with just about every other major sporting event, the Wimbledon grand slam tennis tournament was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, organizers at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) have tapped long-time partner IBM to create a virtual two-week event consisting of classic matches dating back more than 40 years. To go beyond just bringing old matches to modern digital platforms, IBM and AELTC have leveraged AI techniques to revitalize old footage and appeal to modern viewers. With matches stretching as far back as 1977, a wide range of video quality is to be expected, and older recordings tend to have an issue with visual "noise." "To the naked eye, this noise is like static in the image, with color pixels dancing," IBM executive Sam Seddon told VentureBeat.

Using machine learning to predict NBA All-Stars, Part 2: Modelling


By nature, this isn't a time series forecasting problem, but we still have some features that aren't stationary with time. This has the potential to distort the model and lead to poorer results if left unchecked. Average pace is defined by the number of possessions a team uses per game, and this varies across different NBA eras (e.g. 90 in '04 versus 100 in '18). Consequently, a player averaging 30ppg in 2018 should be held to the same standard as a player averaging 27ppg in 2004. So, we divide all the pace-dependent features (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, 3pm) by the league average pace in that season to rectify this issue. It's at this point where we create the Play Pct.

Mark Wood column: Life in England's 'sci-fi movie'

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The bio-secure environment in Southampton, where we are preparing for the Test series against West Indies, feels a bit like a sci-fi movie. When we first turned up, there was a huge tent outside the hotel, where we had to pass through to get our temperature scanned. We dropped our bags off so they could be sprayed before they were taken in. Inside, there are no room keys - you open doors with an app on your phone. There is hand sanitiser at every turn, and on the floor there are arrows, lines and footprints to show the way to go.