1. Please: Say "Twin" Networks, Not "Siamese" Networks

    I'm a big fan of using a pair of identical networks to create output vectors that are then fed into a network that is trained to judge whether it's two input vectors are the same or different.

    This is a powerful technique for "low k-shot" comparisons. Most ML techniques that …

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  2. Ricky Jay R.I.P

    Ricky Jay was one of my heroes. I first became aware of him in the pages of the remarkable “Cards as Weapons,” an oversized paperback that I bought at age 13 because it had a few pictures of topless women in it (you really can’t appreciate how much the …

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  3. The Simplest Deep Learning Program That Could Possibly Work

    Once upon a time, when I, a C programmer, first learned Smalltalk, I remember lamenting to J.D. Hildebrand "I just don't get it: where's the main()?" Eventually I figured it out, but the lesson remained: Sometimes when learning a new paradigm, what you need isn't a huge tutorial, it's …

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  4. "The Deuce" Stinks. A Rant.

    I’m a hair’s-breadth away from declaring that “The Deuce,” HBO’s Sunday night “prestige drama” about flesh-peddling and pornos in Times Square and 42nd Street in the mid-70s, is an exercise in trolling, some kind of meta-level commentary on the lack of drama, characterization, or stakes in, y …

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  5. Writing to Azure Storage With F#

    This last weekend I participated in the "Hack for the Sea" hackathon. As part of that, I needed to store images and structured data to Azure Storage. The process is very straightforward using F#'s async capabilities.

    First, you'll need the connection string for your Azure Storage:

    Use that to …

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  6. Deep Whalesharks

    Whalesharks are the largest fish in the ocean, but very little is known about their movements (where they breed, for instance, has been a huge mystery, although there's now pretty good evidence that some, at least, breed in the Galapagos).

    Whalesharks have a "fingerprint" in the form of distinct spots …

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  7. I Didn't Like "Enlightenment Now"

    They say to never write a negative review of a book until it has received too many positive ones. Which brings us to “Enlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress,” by Steven Pinker.

    The tl;dr is that he doesn’t actually argue this case, he just …

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