• Data Ethics - Duration: 19 minutes.

    • 6 days ago
    This week, Kyle interviews Scott Nestler on the topic of Data Ethics.

    Today, no ubiquitous, formal ethical protocol exists for data science, although some have been proposed. One example is the...
  • Escaping the Rabbit Hole - Duration: 33 minutes.

    • 1 week ago
    Kyle interviews Mick West, author of Escaping the Rabbit Hole: How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories Using Facts, Logic, and Respect about the nature of conspiracy theories, the people that believe the...
  • Theorem Provers - Duration: 19 minutes.

    • 2 weeks ago
    Fake news attempts to lead readers/listeners/viewers to conclusions that are not descriptions of reality.  They do this most often by presenting false premises, but sometimes by presenting fla...
  • Automated Fact Checking - Duration: 31 minutes.

    • 3 weeks ago
    Fake news can be responded to with fact-checking. However, it's easier to create fake news than the fact check it.

    Full Fact is the UK's independent fact-checking organization. In this epi...
  • Single Source of Truth - Duration: 29 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    In mathematics, truth is universal.  In data, truth lies in the where clause of the query.

    As large organizations have grown to rely on their data more significantly for decision making, a...
  • Detecting Fast Radio Bursts with Deep Learning - Duration: 44 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    Fast radio bursts are an astrophysical phenomenon first observed in 2007. While many observations have been made, science has yet to explain the mechanism for these events. This has led some to ask...
  • Being Bayesian - Duration: 24 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    This episode explores the root concept of what it is to be Bayesian: describing knowledge of a system probabilistically, having an appropriate prior probability, know how to weigh new evidence, and...
  • Modeling Fake News - Duration: 33 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    This is our interview with Dorje Brody about his recent paper with David Meier, How to model fake news. This paper uses the tools of communication theory and a sub-topic called filtering theory to ...
  • louvain - Duration: 26 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    Without getting into definitions, we have an intuitive sense of what a "community" is. The Louvain Method for Community Detection is one of the best known mathematical techniques designed to detect...
  • Cultural Cognition of Scientific Consensus - Duration: 31 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    In this episode, our guest is Dan Kahan about his research into how people consume and interpret science news.

    In an era of fake news, motivated reasoning, and alternative facts, important ques...
  • False Discovery Rates - Duration: 25 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    A false discovery rate (FDR) is a methodology that can be useful when struggling with the problem of multiple comparisons.

    In any experiment, if the experimenter checks more than one dependent ...
  • Deep Fakes - Duration: 30 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    Digital videos can be described as sequences of still images and associated audio. Audio is easy to fake. What about video?

    A video can easily be broken down into a sequence of still images rep...
  • Fake News Midterm - Duration: 19 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    In this episode, Kyle reviews what we've learned so far in our series on Fake News and talks briefly about where we're going next.
  • Quality Score - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 3 months ago
    Two weeks ago we discussed click through rates or CTRs and their usefulness and limits as a metric. Today, we discuss a related metric known as quality score.

    While that phrase has pr...
  • The Knowledge Illusion - Duration: 40 minutes.

    • 3 months ago
    Kyle interviews Steven Sloman, Professor in the school of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University. Steven is co-author of The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Al...
  • Click Through Rates - Duration: 31 minutes.

    • 3 months ago
    A Click Through Rate (CTR) is the proportion of clicks to impressions of some item of content shared online. This terminology is most commonly used in digital advertising but applies just as well t...
  • Algorithmic Detection of Fake News - Duration: 46 minutes.

    • 3 months ago
    The scale and frequency with which information can be distributed on social media makes the problem of fake news a rapidly metastasizing issue. To do any content filtering or labeling demands an al...
  • Ant Intelligence - Duration: 28 minutes.

    • 4 months ago
    If you prepared a list of creatures regarded as highly intelligent, it's unlikely ants would make the cut. This is expected, as on an individual level, ants do not generally display behavior that m...
  • Human Detection of Fake News - Duration: 28 minutes.

    • 4 months ago
    With publications such as "Prior exposure increases perceived accuracy of fake news", "Lazy, not biased: Susceptibility to partisan fake news is better explained by lack of reasoning than by m...
  • Spam Filtering with Naive Bayes - Duration: 19 minutes.

    • 4 months ago
    Today's spam filters are advanced data driven tools. They rely on a variety of techniques to effectively and often seamlessly filter out junk email from good email.

    Whitelists, blacklists, traf...
  • The Spread of Fake News - Duration: 45 minutes.

    • 4 months ago
    How does fake news get spread online? Its not just a matter of manipulating search algorithms. The social platforms for sharing play a major role in the distribution of fake news. But how significa...
  • Fake News - Duration: 38 minutes.

    • 5 months ago
    This episode kicks off our new theme of "Fake News" with guests Robert Sheaffer and Brad Schwartz.

    Fake news is a new label for an old idea. For our purposes, we will define fake...
  • Dev Ops for Data Science - Duration: 38 minutes.

    • 5 months ago
    We revisit the 2018 Microsoft Build in this episode, focusing on the latest ideas in DevOps. Kyle interviews Cloud Developer Advocates Damien Brady, Paige Bailey, and Donovan Brown to talk abo...
  • First Order Logic - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 5 months ago
    Logic is a fundamental of mathematical systems. It's roots are the values true and false and it's power is in what it's rules allow you to prove. Prepositional logic provides it's user variables. T...
  • Blind Spots in Reinforcement Learning - Duration: 27 minutes.

    • 5 months ago
    An intelligent agent trained in a simulated environment may be prone to making mistakes in the real world due to discrepancies between the training and real-world conditions. The areas where a...
  • Defending Against Adversarial Attacks - Duration: 31 minutes.

    • 5 months ago
    In this week’s episode, our host Kyle interviews Gokula Krishnan from ETH Zurich, about his recent contributions to defenses against adversarial attacks. The discussion centers around his latest pa...
  • Transfer Learning - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 5 months ago
    On a long car ride, Linhda and Kyle record a short episode. This discussion is about transfer learning, a technique using in machine learning to leverage training from one domain to have a head sta...
  • Medical Imaging Training Techniques - Duration: 25 minutes.

    • 6 months ago
    Medical imaging is a highly effective tool used by clinicians to diagnose a wide array of diseases and injuries. However, it often requires exceptionally trained specialists such as radiologists to...
  • Kalman Filters - Duration: 21 minutes.

    • 6 months ago
    Thanks to our sponsor Galvanize

    A Kalman Filter is a technique for taking a sequence of observations about an object or variable and determining the most likely current state of that objec...
  • AI in Industry - Duration: 43 minutes.

    • 6 months ago
    There's so much to discuss on the AI side, it's hard to know where to begin. Luckily,  Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of AI Business, and Carlos Pessoa, a software en...
  • AI in Games - Duration: 26 minutes.

    • 6 months ago
    Today's interview is with the authors of the textbook Artificial Intelligence and Games.
  • game-theory - Duration: 24 minutes.

    • 7 months ago
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  • The Experimental Design of Paranormal Claims - Duration: 27 minutes.

    • 7 months ago
    In this episode of Data Skeptic, Kyle chats with Jerry Schwarz from the Independent Investigations Group (IIG)'s SF Bay Area chapter about testing claims of the paranormal. The IIG&n...
  • Winograd Schema Challenge - Duration: 37 minutes.

    • 7 months ago
    Our guest this week, Hector Levesque, joins us to discuss an alternative way to measure a machine’s intelligence, called Winograd Schemas Challenge. The challenge was proposed as a possible al...
  • The Imitation Game - Duration: 1 hour.

    • 7 months ago
    This week on Data Skeptic, we begin with a skit to introduce the topic of this show: The Imitation Game. We open with a scene in the distant future. The year is 2027, and a company called Shamony i...
  • Eugene Goostman - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 8 months ago
    In this episode, Kyle shares his perspective on the chatbot Eugene Goostman which (some claim) "passed" the Turing Test. As a second topic Kyle also does an intro of the Winograd Schema Challenge.
  • The Theory of Formal Languages - Duration: 23 minutes.

    • 8 months ago
    In this episode, Kyle and Linhda discuss the theory of formal languages. Any language can (theoretically) be a formal language. The requirement is that the language can be rigorously described as a...
  • The Loebner Prize - Duration: 33 minutes.

    • 8 months ago
    The Loebner Prize is a competition in the spirit of the Turing Test.  Participants are welcome to submit conversational agent software to be judged by a panel of humans.  This episode inc...
  • Chatbots - Duration: 27 minutes.

    • 8 months ago
    In this episode, Kyle chats with Vince from iv.ai and Heather Shapiro who works on the Microsoft Bot Framework. We solicit their advice on building a good chatbot both creatively and technically.
  • The Master Algorithm - Duration: 46 minutes.

    • 8 months ago
    In this week’s episode, Kyle Polich interviews Pedro Domingos about his book, The Master Algorithm: How the quest for the ultimate learning machine will remake our world. In the book, Domingos...
  • The No Free Lunch Theorems - Duration: 27 minutes.

    • 9 months ago
    What's the best machine learning algorithm to use? I hear that XGBoost wins most of the Kaggle competitions that aren't won with deep learning. Should I just use XGBoost all the time? That might wo...
  • ML at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Duration: 38 minutes.

    • 9 months ago
    For a long time, physicians have recognized that the tools they have aren't powerful enough to treat complex diseases, like cancer. In addition to data science and models, clinicians also needed ac...
  • Optimal Decision Making with POMDPs - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 9 months ago
    In a previous episode, we discussed Markov Decision Processes or MDPs, a framework for decision making and planning. This episode explores the generalization Partially Observable MDPs (POMDPs) whic...
  • AI Decision-Making - Duration: 43 minutes.

    • 9 months ago
    Making a decision is a complex task. Today's guest Dongho Kim discusses how he and his team at Prowler has been building a platform that will be accessible by way of APIs and a set of pre-made scri...
  • [MINI] Reinforcement Learning - Duration: 23 minutes.

    • 10 months ago
    In many real world situations, a person/agent doesn't necessarily know their own objectives or the mechanics of the world they're interacting with. However, if the agent receives rewards which are ...
  • Evolutionary Computation - Duration: 24 minutes.

    • 10 months ago
    In this week’s episode, Kyle is joined by Risto Miikkulainen, a professor of computer science and neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin. They talk about evolutionary computation, its ap...
  • [MINI] Markov Decision Processes - Duration: 20 minutes.

    • 10 months ago
    Formally, an MDP is defined as the tuple containing states, actions, the transition function, and the reward function. This podcast examines each of these and presents them in the context of simple...
  • Neuroscience Frontiers - Duration: 29 minutes.

    • 10 months ago
    Last week on Data Skeptic, we visited the Laboratory of Neuroimaging, or LONI, at USC and learned about their data-driven platform that enables scientists from all over the world to share, transfor...
  • Neuroimaging and Big Data - Duration: 26 minutes.

    • 11 months ago
    Last year, Kyle had a chance to visit the Laboratory of Neuroimaging, or LONI, at USC, and learn about how some researchers are using data science to study the function of the brain. We’re going to...
  • The Agent Model of Artificial Intelligence - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 11 months ago
    In artificial intelligence, the term 'agent' is used to mean an autonomous, thinking agent with the ability to interact with their environment. An agent could be a person or a piece of software. In...
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