[ml] [Noisebridge-discuss] Probability study group
Ben Weisburd
ben.weisburd at gmail.com
Mon Nov 1 22:47:49 PDT 2010
Thanks Josh! I've been looking for something like this.
Just added it to our wiki.
-Ben
On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 10:28 PM, Josh Myer <josh at joshisanerd.com> wrote:
> FWIW, I'm about halfway through a Monte Carlo implementation of the
> questions in "50 Challenging Problems in Probability," which is a great
> resource for Mastery Questions.
>
> http://blog.appliedplatonics.com/tag/fifty-problems/ is an index of them.
> I'm now pretty firmly in the camp that believes nuanced probability
> formulations are mostly obsolete, and it's sufficient to do regressions on
> top of a bunch of Monte Carlo simulations. Some problems are intractable
> (due to combinatorial explosion, etc), but computers are just too fast for
> me to spend a lot of time getting hung up in the ways one can simplify (or
> symbolically approximate) exact solutions.
>
> (Don't tell the me of five years ago, he'd be kind of pissed that I went
> over to the SVMs-suffice camp.)
> --
> /jbm
>
>
> On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 10:12 PM, Ben Weisburd <ben.weisburd at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> Great to see there's some interest.
>> Kai - thanks for setting up the wiki. (
>> https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Probability)
>> I just put up a proposed meeting format on there and also a set of chapter
>> 1 problems which we can hopefully go over at the 1st meeting.
>>
>> To figure out the meeting time, can everybody please put in what time
>> works for you at:
>>
>> http://www.scheduleonce.com/MP.aspx?param=VT02OTA3My5UPTEuTT0zMzE1Ngqualqual
>>
>> Look forward to meeting you all,
>> -Ben
>>
>> Ps. Does somebody know how to set up a mailing list?
>>
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 5:25 PM, Kai Chang <kai.salmon.chang at gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>>> I'd be down for teaching a chapter.
>>>
>>> https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Probability
>>>
>>> On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 3:48 PM, Mike Schachter <mike at mindmech.com>wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hey Ben,
>>>>
>>>> I'd be interested in meeting up but I'm usually pressed for time. I
>>>> cc'ed the machine learning group - probability is pretty important
>>>> for them and surely some ML'ers are interested!
>>>>
>>>> mike
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 3:44 PM, Ben Weisburd <ben.weisburd at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> Is anyone interested in joining up to learn probability over the next
>>>>> 1.5 months or so?
>>>>> There is a great text book that's available free online: Fundamentals
>>>>> of Applied Probability Theory by Al Drake<http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-041-probabilistic-systems-analysis-and-applied-probability-spring-2006/related-resources/>
>>>>> The author taught probability at MIT for many years.
>>>>> Ideally, we would meet once a week and go over 1 chapter. Depending on
>>>>> people's interest, we could either have one person teach the chapter to
>>>>> everyone else during the meeting, or we could each read the chapter at home
>>>>> and do 10-or-so of the recommended problems. Then, we could spend the
>>>>> meeting discussing what we found interesting/confusing and comparing answers
>>>>> to the problems.
>>>>>
>>>>> -Ben
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
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>
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> Josh Myer 650.248.3796
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