21 pastel tech accessories that look like dessert


Spring has sprung and now it's time to get your tech in gear. Just like your wardrobe needs an update each new season, your devices deserve a refresh too. Cover your iPhone 6 or 6S in a strawberry ice cream sundae that will actually protect your device. The latest Apple Watch bands arrived last week, just in time for spring. In addition to this pretty powder blue, the modern buckle is now available in vibrant marigold, lilac, mint and more.

A Conformal Prediction Approach to Explore Functional Data

arXiv.org Machine Learning

This paper applies conformal prediction techniques to compute simultaneous prediction bands and clustering trees for functional data. These tools can be used to detect outliers and clusters. Both our prediction bands and clustering trees provide prediction sets for the underlying stochastic process with a guaranteed finite sample behavior, under no distributional assumptions. The prediction sets are also informative in that they correspond to the high density region of the underlying process. While ordinary conformal prediction has high computational cost for functional data, we use the inductive conformal predictor, together with several novel choices of conformity scores, to simplify the computation. Our methods are illustrated on some real data examples.

Probability Calibration Trees

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Obtaining accurate and well calibrated probability estimates from classifiers is useful in many applications, for example, when minimising the expected cost of classifications. Existing methods of calibrating probability estimates are applied globally, ignoring the potential for improvements by applying a more fine-grained model. We propose probability calibration trees, a modification of logistic model trees that identifies regions of the input space in which different probability calibration models are learned to improve performance. We compare probability calibration trees to two widely used calibration methods---isotonic regression and Platt scaling---and show that our method results in lower root mean squared error on average than both methods, for estimates produced by a variety of base learners.

Taking a look at the confusing world of credit scores

Los Angeles Times

Dear Liz: I was recently denied a credit card and told my score was 150 points lower than what my credit reports show. Am I being deceived by the credit reporting agencies? It was such a low number that it's a little hard to believe since I have been approved for other cards recently. Answer: The creditor that denied you should have told you which score it used and from which credit bureau in addition to the actual number. Lenders employ a variety of different scores, but most use some variation of the FICO formula.

Your FICO credit score may soon be boosted -- without any change by you

Los Angeles Times

If you've heard that some people might get a magic boost to their FICO credit scores in the 10-point range -- without having to do anything -- you're right. But hundreds of thousands of consumers' increases will be much larger. According to a massive new study of 30 million credit files just completed by score developer FICO, many Americans will experience score bumps in the coming months, mainly modest increases of less than 20 points. But hundreds of thousands of the increases will be super-sized -- in the 40 to 60 points and higher range. The vast majority of consumers, however, will see no change in their scores.