Skeptical Analysis

October 22, 2017

In recent years, much discussion has taken place about machine learning models being black boxes. Some models are said to be so complex that a human can't comprehend the function these models comp... View More >

June 19, 2017
Tabs vs Spaces

by Kyle Polich

Thanks to @daniel_budd and @coolaj86 for pointing me to the recent post from David Robinson on the stackoverflow blog titled Developers Who Use Spaces Make More Money Than Those Who Use Tabs<... View More >

March 10, 2017

A frequent use case for applying machine learning is predicting some outcome based on Internet traffic. Although some effort is required, a well formated web server log can provide a wealth of raw data to be transformed into useful features for learning. Every company with an internet presence has a web server. With the exception of high security sites that make a point of not logging, these relatively compact text files are often managed through log rotation that moves the history to a persistent store (S3 being a popular choice) where they are (relatively) inexpensive to keep and may live for a very long time without threat of archiving for sp... View More >

February 19, 2017

The last few years have brought breathtaking breakthroughs in image, video, and audio recognition using techniques we broadly label as deep learning. The most optimistic of people will tell you that true general artificial intelligence will inevitably occur when we can finally build and train a network of comperable size to the human brain. My own thoughts on that conjecture need to be confined to the "opinions" section of this blog. At least, until my arguments are a bit more rigor... View More >

January 30, 2017

Last week, I attended a meetup presentation titled Testing the Veil of Darkness Hypothesis with LA Open Data. Although the presentation was not recorded, a blog post on We Quant LA sums up the findi... View More >

January 9, 2017
Missing411

by Kyle Polich

In early 2016, I first encountered claims being made by author David Paulides under the headline of Missing411. In his series of four books and numerous appearances on paranormal radio programs and podcasts, Paulides puts for the claim that people are going missing under unusual circumstances from national parks and that the National Park Service is either doing their best to hide this data or are at least negligent in their monitor... View More >

December 25, 2016

When listening to a podcast earlier today (one I normally like), the guest made a fairly spurious comment that I thought would be interesting to unp... View More >