## Vowpal Wabbit 8.5.0 & NIPS tutorial

Vowpal Wabbit 8.5.0 & NIPS tutorial Yesterday, I tagged VW version 8.5.0 which has many interactive learning improvements (both contextual bandit and active learning), better support for sparse models, and a new baseline reduction which I’m considering making a part of the default update rule. If you want to know the details, we’ll be doing a mini-tutorial during the Friday lunch break at the Extreme Classification workshop at NIPS. Please join us if interested.
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## How to include formulas (LaTeX) and code blocks in WordPress posts and replies

It’s possible to include LaTeX formulas like . I entered it as $int e^x , mathrm{d}x$. You can also generate code blocks like this for (n in 1:N) y[n] ~ normal(0, 1); The way to format them is to use <pre> to open the code block and </pre> to close it. You can create links using the anchor (a) tag. You can also quote someone else, like our friend lorem ipsum, Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est…
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## The Multiworld Testing Decision Service

The Multiworld Testing Decision Service We made a tool that you can use. It is the first general purpose reinforcement-based learning system Reinforcement learning is much discussed these days with successes like AlphaGo. Wouldn’t it be great if Reinforcement Learning algorithms could easily be used to solve all reinforcement learning problems? But there is a well-known problem: It’s very easy…
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## CNTK and Vowpal Wabbit tutorials at NIPS

CNTK and Vowpal Wabbit tutorials at NIPS Both CNTK and Vowpal Wabbit have pirate tutorials at NIPS. The CNTK tutorial is 1 hour during the lunch break of the Optimization workshop while the VW tutorial is 1 hour during the lunch break of the Extreme Multiclass workshop. Consider dropping by either if interested. CNTK is a deep learning system started…
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Source: Machine Learning (Theory)

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## Vowpal Wabbit 7.8 at NIPS

Vowpal Wabbit 7.8 at NIPS I just created Vowpal Wabbit 7.8, and we are planning to have an increasingly less heretical followup tutorial during the non-“ski break” at the NIPS Optimization workshop. Please join us if interested. I always feel like things are going slow, but in the last year, but there have been many changes overall. Notes for 7.7…
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Source: Machine Learning (Theory)

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## Engineering Practices in Data Science

Cross-posted from blog.untrod.com Josh Wills wrote this excellent, pithy definition of a data scientist: Data Scientists (n.): Person who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software engineering than any statistician. It’s certainly true that software engineering and data science are two different disciplines, and for good reason – they require different skills. But as this definition…
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Source: Kaggle

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