To do: Construct a build-your-own-relevant-statistics-class kit.

Alexis Lerner, who took a couple of our courses on applied regression and communicating data and statistics, designed a new course, “Jews: By the Numbers,” at the University of Toronto:
But what does it mean to work with data and statistics in a Jewish studies course?

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Integration method to map model scores to conversion rates from example data

This note addresses the typical applied problem of estimating from data how a target “conversion rate” function varies with some available scalar score function — e.g., estimating conversion rates from some marketing campaign as a function of a targeting model score. The idea centers around estimating the integral of the rate function; differentiating this gives the rate function.

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Predictive Analytics World for Industry 4.0

6-7 May, 2019 – MunichPredictive Analytics World is the leading vendor independent conference for applied machine learning for industry 4.0.Business users, decision makers and experts in predictive analytics will meet on 6-7 May 2019 in Munich to discover and discuss the latest trends and technologies in machine & deep learning for the era of Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.

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Prediction intervals for Random Forests

An aspect that is important but often overlooked in applied machine learning is intervals for predictions, be it confidence or prediction intervals. For classification tasks, beginning practitioners quite often conflate probability with confidence: probability of 0.5 is taken to mean that we are uncertain about the prediction, while a prediction of 1.

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Two Recent Results in Transfer Learning for Music and Speech

In this post, I want to highlight two recent complementary results on transfer learning applied to audio — one related to music, another related to speech.
The first paper, related to music, is by Keunwoo Choi and friends, which incidentally also won the best paper award at ISMIR 2017. But that’s not the only reason why you should read it.

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