Internet of Things and Bayesian Networks


As big data becomes more of cliche with every passing day, do you feel Internet of Things is the next marketing buzzword to grapple our lives. So what exactly is Internet of Thing (IoT) and why are we going to hear more about it in the coming days. Internet of thing (IoT) today denotes advanced connectivity of devices,systems and services that goes beyond machine to machine communications and covers a wide variety of domains and applications specifically in the manufacturing and power, oil and gas utilities. An application in IoT can be an automobile that has built in sensors to alert the driver when the tyre pressure is low. Built-in sensors on equipment's present in the power plant which transmit real time data and thereby enable to better transmission planning,load balancing.

Bayesball: Bayesian analysis of batting average – Towards Data Science


One of the topics in data science or statistics I found interesting, but having difficulty understanding is Bayesian analysis. During the course of my General Assembly's Data Science Immersive boot camp, I have had a chance to explore Bayesian statistics, but I really think I need some review and reinforcement. This is my personal endeavour to have a better understanding of Bayesian thinking, and how it can be applied to real-life cases. For this post, I am mainly inspired by a Youtube series by Rasmus Bååth, "Introduction to Bayesian data analysis". He is really good at giving you an intuitive understanding of Bayesian analysis, not by bombarding you with all the complicated formulas, but by providing you with a thought-process of Bayesian statistics. The topic I chose for this post is baseball.

Statistical Anomaly Detection for Train Fleets

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We have developed a method for statistical anomaly detection which has been deployed in a tool for condition monitoring of train fleets. The tool is currently used by several railway operators over the world to inspect and visualize the occurrence of event messages generated on the trains. The anomaly detection component helps the operators to quickly find significant deviations from normal behavior and to detect early indications for possible problems. The savings in maintenance costs comes mainly from avoiding costly breakdowns, and have been estimated to several million Euros per year for the tool. In the long run, it is expected that maintenance costs can be reduced with between 5 and 10 % by using the tool.

Thompson sampling with the online bootstrap Machine Learning

Thompson sampling provides a solution to bandit problems in which new observations are allocated to arms with the posterior probability that an arm is optimal. While sometimes easy to implement and asymptotically optimal, Thompson sampling can be computationally demanding in large scale bandit problems, and its performance is dependent on the model fit to the observed data. We introduce bootstrap Thompson sampling (BTS), a heuristic method for solving bandit problems which modifies Thompson sampling by replacing the posterior distribution used in Thompson sampling by a bootstrap distribution. We first explain BTS and show that the performance of BTS is competitive to Thompson sampling in the well-studied Bernoulli bandit case. Subsequently, we detail why BTS using the online bootstrap is more scalable than regular Thompson sampling, and we show through simulation that BTS is more robust to a misspecified error distribution. BTS is an appealing modification of Thompson sampling, especially when samples from the posterior are otherwise not available or are costly.