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Michael Nielsen
Have some coffee — TheLi.st @ Medium — Medium - https://medium.com/theli-s...
I've heard people talk a lot about the "need for mentors". It's a slightly odd obsession. This little essay has a lot that's smart to say about the notion: (1) It's a mistake to think in terms of "mentors", just think in terms of what you want to learn, and who you want to learn from; (2) Approach people with very specific questions; (3) Pick people who you think would be particularly well suited to answer your question; (4) Think carefully about how to structure the conversation (without going overboard); and (5) Make sure to followup, simply because people like to hear that they've done something useful. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
The problems with object-oriented coding - http://mollyrocket.com/casey...
A thoughtful criticism of object-oriented programming, from an experienced programmer. The analogous argument for English would be something like: don't start by thinking about the nouns. "The fallacy of “object-oriented programming” is exactly that: that code is at all “object-oriented”. It isn’t. Code is procedurally oriented, and the “objects” are simply constructs that arise that allow procedures to be reused. So if you just let that happen instead of trying to force everything to work backwards, programming becomes immensely more pleasant." - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Shadow DOM — Acko.net - http://acko.net/blog...
Nice summary of some of the problems in the design of the web. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Wacom Tablet Work on Windows 7 - http://viziblr.com/news...
The Wacom Bamboo tablet has lots of problems when installed by default on Windows 7. This page is a pretty good guide to how to fix those problems. It's working much better now! - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
▶ Game Changers: Trip Hawkins - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
▶ Game Changers: Trip Hawkins
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Hawkins on where games (and in particular educational) games are going. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Build Your Own Adobe Creative Suite with Free and Cheap Software - http://lifehacker.com/5976725...
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Michael Nielsen
Bitcoin As Protocol | Union Square Ventures - http://www.usv.com/posts...
Nice abstraction of Bitcoin as a way of maintaining a distributed, public ledger - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Leonard Kleinrock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
"The first message on the ARPANET was sent by UCLA student programmer Charley Kline, at 10:30 p.m, on October 29, 1969 from Boelter Hall 3420, the school's main building.[6] Supervised by Kleinrock, Kline transmitted from the university's SDS Sigma 7 host computer to the Stanford Research Institute's SDS 940 host computer. The message text was the word "login"; the "l" and the "o" letters were transmitted, but the system then crashed. Hence, the literal first message over the ARPANET was "lo". About an hour later, having recovered from the crash, the SDS Sigma 7 computer effected a full "login". The first permanent ARPANET link was established on November 21, 1969, between the IMP at UCLA and the IMP at the Stanford Research Institute. By December 5, 1969, the entire four-node network was established.[7]" - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
HyperCard: What Could Have Been - http://www.wired.com/gadgets...
Atkinson's attitude to the web: "Atkinson feels that if only he'd realized separate cards and stacks could be linked on different people's machines through the Net -- instead of cards and stacks on a particular machine -- he would have created the first Internet browser." - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
PLOS ONE: Big Science vs. Little Science: How Scientific Impact Scales with Funding - http://www.plosone.org/article...
Some evidence to suggest that there's little payoff from larger grants. Lots of caveats, of course. Interesting references, too. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Auctions and bidding: a guide for computer scientists - http://www.sci.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~parson...
A useful review. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Research Blog: Improving Photo Search: A Step Across the Semantic Gap - http://googleresearch.blogspot.ca/2013...
On Google's use of Hinton-Ng-Dean-LeCun's work to do automatic photo tagging. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Evaluation of Pooling Operations in Convolutional Architectures for Object Recognition - http://www.ais.uni-bonn.de/papers...
Reports two experiments in which max pooling handily beat out subsampling. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Agre on what it means to be critical: to be aware of one's own biases, and the cultural assumptions one brings to something. He talks about close reading an AI text, and trying to understand all the sociological background. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Tera-scale deep learning - Quoc V. Le on Vimeo - http://vimeo.com/52332329
On the 2012 Google-Stanford deep learning paper. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
An Analysis of Single-Layer Networks in Unsupervised Feature Learning - http://www.stanford.edu/~acoate...
More learned features helps a lot; smaller stride length helps a lot. Larger local receptive fields barely helps at all. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Classification datasets results - http://rodrigob.github.io/are_we_...
Results for MNIST, CIFAR-10, CIFAR-100, STL-10 and SVHN - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Best practices for convolutional neural networks applied to visual document analysis - http://citeseer.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc...
Simard, Steinkraus, and Platt on the value of image distortion and convolutional networks. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Good interview with an online troll: "I am lucky to have not had people who liked me for who I was when I was truly awful" - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
How My Neural Net Sees Blackboards | Christopher Olah's Blog - http://christopherolah.wordpress.com/2013...
Chris uses neural nets to clean up handwritten blackboard images. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Convolutional Deep Belief Networks for Scalable Unsupervised Learning of Hierarchical Representations - videolectures.net - http://videolectures.net/icml09_...
Honglak Lee's 2009 paper on hierarchical infererence in convolutional DBNs. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
ACM Web Science talk, as written | Quinn Said - http://www.quinnnorton.com/said...
On the aesthetics of the network. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
[1003.0358] Deep Big Simple Neural Nets Excel on Handwritten Digit Recognition - http://arxiv.org/abs/1003.0358
An example where we can use back-prop to train a deep net. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Test Your Intuition (19): The Advantage of the Proposers in the Stable Matching Algorithm | Combinatorics and more - http://gilkalai.wordpress.com/2013...
Gil Kalai on the Gale-Shapley theorem. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
IPAM: Deep Learning, Feature Learning - https://www.ipam.ucla.edu/schedul...
Summer School lectures - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
CERN Chooses Coverity to Ensure Accuracy of Large Hadron Collider Software - Coverity - http://www.coverity.com/company...
Coverity found 40,000 defects in the LHC's code. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
How LeBron James transformed his game to become a highly efficient scoring machine - Grantland - http://www.grantland.com/story...
LeBron James's ethic of improvement. - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
You aren't getting any better | Robert Heaton - http://robertheaton.com/2013...
On being realistic about how much better you're getting at what you do - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
Stochastic Gradient Tricks - http://leon.bottou.org/papers...
Paper by Bottou on how to do stochastic gradient descent - Michael Nielsen
Michael Nielsen
NIST Special Database 19 - http://www.nist.gov/srd...
The successor to NIST Special Databases 3 and 7, earlier databases for doing character recognition. MNIST was based in part on sepcial database 3. - Michael Nielsen
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