Sunday, May 15, 2016

PyDataLondon 2016

Last week I gave a talk at PyDataLondon 2016 hosted at the Bloomberg offices in central London. If you don't know anything about PyData it is an community of Python data science enthusiasts that run various meetups and conferences across the world. If your interested in that sort of thing and they are running something near to you I would highly recommend checking it out.

Below is the YouTube video for my talk and this is the associated GitHub, which includes all the example code.

The complete collection of talks from the conference is here. The standard across the board was very high, but if you only have time to watch a few, of those I saw here are two that you might find interesting.

Vincent D Warmerdam - The Duct Tape of Heroes Bayesian statistics

Bayesian statistics is a fascinating subject with many applications. If your trying to understand deep learning at a certain point research papers such as Auto-Encoding Variational Bayes and Auxiliary Deep Generative Models will stop making any kind of sense unless you have a good understanding of Bayesian statistics(and even if you do it can still be a struggle). This video works as a good introduction to the subject. His blog is also quite good.

Geoffrey French & Calvin Giles - Deep learning tutorial - advanced techniques

This has a good overview of useful techniques, mostly around computer vision(though they could be applied in other areas). Such as computing the saliency of inputs in determining a classification and getting good classifications when there when there is only limited labelled data.

Ricardo Pio Monti - Modelling a text corpus using Deep Boltzmann Machines in python

This gives a good explanation of how a Restricted/Deep Boltzmann Machine works and then shows an interesting application where a Deep Boltzmann Machine was used to cluster groups of research papers.

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