Machine Learning

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Next Meeting

  • When: Thursday, January 30, 2013 @ 7:00pm
  • Where: 2169 Mission St. (Church classroom)
  • Topic: k-Nearest Neighbors and k-Means Clustering
  • Details:
  • Who: Mike S

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Talks and Workshops

We've given lots of workshops and talks over the past year or so, here's a few. Many of the workshops we've given previously are recurring and will be given again, especially upon request!

Code and SourceForge Site

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Future Talks and Topics, Ideas

  • Random Forests in R
  • Restricted Boltzmann Machines (Mike S, some day)
  • Analyzing brain cells (Mike S)
  • Deep Nets w/ Stacked Autoencoders (Mike S, some day)
  • Generalized Linear Models (Mike S, Erin L? some day)
  • Graphical Models
  • Working with the Kinect
  • Computer Vision with OpenCV


Datasets and Websites

Software Tools

Generic ML Libraries

Online ML

Graphical Models

  • BUGS
    • MCMC for Bayesian Models
  • JAGS
    • Hierarchical Bayesian Models
  • Stan
    • A graphical model compiler
  • Jayes
    • Bayesian networks in Java
  • ToPS
    • Probabilistic models of sequences

Text Stuff

Collaborative Filtering

  • PREA
    • Personalized Recommendation Algorithms Toolkit
  • SVDFeature
    • Collaborative Filtering and Ranking Toolkit

Computer Vision

  • OpenCV
    • Computer Vision Library
    • Has ML component (SVM, trees, etc)
    • Online tutorials here
    • Generic C++ ML and Computer Vision Library
  • PetaVision
    • Developing a real-time, full-scale model of the primate visual cortex.

Audio Processing

  • Friture
    • Real-time spectrogram generation
  • pyo
    • Real-time audio signal processing
  • PYMir
    • A library for reading mp3's into python, and doing analysis
    • Speech analysis toolkit
  • Sound Analysis Pro
    • Tool for analyzing animal sounds
  • Luscinia
    • Software for archiving, measuring, and analyzing bioacoustic data

Data Visualization

  • Orange
    • Strong data visualization component
  • Gephi
    • Graph Visualization
  • ggplot
    • Nice plotting package for R
  • MayaVi2
    • 3D Scientific Data Visualization
  • Cytoscape
    • A JavaScript graph library for analysis and visualisation
    • Web-based plotting

Cluster Computing

  • Mahout
    • Hadoop cluster based ML package.
  • STAR: Cluster
    • Easily build your own Python computing cluster on Amazon EC2

Database Stuff

  • MADlib
    • Machine learning algorithms for in-database data
  • Manta
    • Distributed object storage

Neural Simulation


Presentations and other Materials

Topics to Learn and Teach

NBML Course - Noisebridge Machine Learning Curriculum (work-in-progress)

CS229 - The Stanford Machine learning Course @ noisebridge

  • Supervised Learning
    • Linear Regression
    • Linear Discriminants
    • Neural Nets/Radial Basis Functions
    • Support Vector Machines
    • Classifier Combination [1]
    • A basic decision tree builder, recursive and using entropy metrics
  • Reinforcement Learning
    • Temporal Difference Learning
  • Math, Probability & Statistics
    • Metric spaces and what they mean
    • Fundamentals of probabilities
    • Decision Theory (Bayesian)
    • Maximum Likelihood
    • Bias/Variance Tradeoff, VC Dimension
    • Bagging, Bootstrap, Jacknife [2]
    • Information Theory: Entropy, Mutual Information, Gaussian Channels
    • Estimation of Misclassification [3]
    • No-Free Lunch Theorem [4]
  • Machine Learning SDK's
    • OpenCV ML component (SVM, trees, etc)
    • Mahout a Hadoop cluster based ML package.
    • Weka a collection of data mining tools and machine learning algorithms.
  • Applications
    • Collective Intelligence & Recommendation Engines

Meeting Notes