A Year of Approximate Inference: Review of the NIPS 2015 Workshop 3

A Year of Approximate Inference: Review of the NIPS 2015 Workshop
inference lies no longer at the fringe. The importance of how we connect our observed data to the assumptions made by our statistical models—the task of inference—was a central part of this year's Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference: Zoubin Ghahramani's opening keynote set the stage and the pageant of inference included forecasting, compression, decision making, personalised modelling, and automating the ...

Machine Learning Trick of the Day (6): Tricks with Sticks 2

Machine Learning Trick of the Day (6): Tricks with Sticks
· Read in  · Our first encounters with probability are often through a collection of simple games. The games of probability are played with coins, dice, cards, balls and urns, and sticks and strings. Using these games, we built an intuition that allows us to reason and act in ways that account for randomness in the world. But ...