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Some Thoughts on Analytics in a Post COVID-19 Environment

 In these most difficult times, the use of analytics is certainly not top of mind for most organizations unless it is being used to combat the virus. The challenging scenarios of meeting payroll and having access to cash are the obvious immediate priorities. But from a non analytical perspective, like most people, I am amazed

Re-examining Model Evaluation: The CRISP Approach

 The performance of prediction models can be judged using a variety of methods and metrics. Some years ago, I was challenged to arrive at a set of rules that would provide both the analyst and marketer guidance...

Exploring Gender Imbalance in AI: Numbers, Trends, and Discussions

 Originally pubished in Medium, March 13, 2020 March is Women’s History Month in the US, the UK and Australia, a time to honour women’s sometimes underrated contributions to society. According to the US National Women’s History Museum,...

How AI Could Help Translate the Written Language of Ancient Civilizations

 Originally published in University of Chicago News, March 11, 2020 OI, Computer Science scholars collaborate on program to read cuneiform tablets. Twenty-five centuries ago, the “paperwork” of Persia’s Achaemenid Empire was recorded on clay tablets—tens of thousands...

The 5 Classification Evaluation Metrics Every Data Scientist Must Know. And when Exactly to Use Them?

 Originally pubished in Medium, Sept 17, 2019. What do we want to optimize for? Most of the businesses fail to answer this simple question. Every business problem is a little different, and it should be optimized differently....

The New Business of AI (and How It’s Different From Traditional Software)

 Originally published in a16z.com February 16, 2020 At a technical level, artificial intelligence seems to be the future of software. AI is showing remarkable progress on a range of difficult computer science problems, and the job of...

Predicting the President: Two Ways Election Forecasts Are Misunderstood

  Originally published by Big Think When it’s a presidential election year, speculation is in the cards. It’s the national pastime. Everyone wants to predict who’ll win. But, man, did people mismanage their own expectations leading up...

Is Machine Learning Always The Right Choice?

 Since this article will probably come out during Income tax season, let me start with the following example: Suppose we would like to build a program that calculates income tax for people. According to US federal income...

Remember FindFace? The Russian Facial Recognition Company Just Turned On A Massive, Multimillion-Dollar Moscow Surveillance System

  Originally published in Forbes.com, January 29, 2020 Built on several tens of thousands of cameras and what’s claimed to be one of the most advanced facial recognition systems on the planet, Moscow has been quietly switching...

An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus

 Originally published in Wired.com, January 25, 2020 The BlueDot algorithm scours news reports and airline ticketing data to predict the spread of diseases like those linked to the flu outbreak in China. On January 9, the World...