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Hector Yee
Works at Airbnb, Inc.
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New business cards arrived ... it's made of cardboard!
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For anyone checking on me I am safe
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If you have 20 minutes to spare, this video talks about Zipf's law (how it was derived, where it appears, and why languages tend to follow it), and gets to some more interesting topics such as the Pareto principle and hapax legomenon. Funnily, an example of such a word is quizzaciously, which suddenly became popular (and hence not a hapax) immediately after this video becoming popular.
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Snail mucus facial stuff. I'm amazed it is a thing. How did the first person decide to smother the stuff on their face?

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I've wondered that about a lot of things!
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Gave a talk at a data science summit today (http://conf.dato.com) and someone said .. oh you are an engineer? How come you know about machine learning. o.O . It's almost like people expect over specialization into "data science" and "data engineering" these days and data engineers are supposed to blindly implement models by data scientists. Not that long ago people who built models also shipped them :P.
Day One: July 20th - Data Science Summit. This non-profit event is organized by Intel, Comcast, Pandora, Dato, Cloudera and O'Reilly Media. The Summit brings together researchers and data scientists from academia as well as industry to discuss state of the art data science, applied machine ...
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A good disturbance Drew :)
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The home sharing company overcame some challenges in using open source analytics technology Spark to help property owners determine rates and, ultimately, boost bookings. “If you know how to tune it, it goes very fast, but it's not for the faint of heart,” Airbnb software engineer Hector Yee says.
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Congratulations!!!
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Some stuff I learnt using reinforcement learning to play pacman
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Experimenting with reinforcement learning in Aerosolve and teaching it to play pacman.

https://github.com/airbnb/aerosolve/pull/69

Here it has just started learning how to play and encountered a ghost only once before but still not doing too bad. The algorithm learns as it goes along (no rules are encoded just a reward for actions) so in just the last life it has learnt that a pellet is good and a ghost is bad. Even with a simple state space of 8 variables and 4 actions it still generates a ton of support vectors.

The math can be seen here in this chapter of Sutton's book:
https://webdocs.cs.ualberta.ca/~sutton/book/ebook/node64.html
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My microbiome sequencing came back from #AmericanGut  "Your sample contained 60 rare and 2 unique taxa". Whoa.
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They send you swabs in test tubes and you can swab whatever you want it only needs a tiny droplet of sample
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My google voice transcriptions suddenly got better. I suspect I'm in the experiment arm with hmmm deep long short term memory recurrent convolutional neural nets? ;)
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Yeah much better than windows 7 which returns gibberish
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Stopped by Amsterdam on the way to Singapore. The airbnb listing had a nice view of an old guard tower that was the outer limits of the city in mideaval times.
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I had to look up who Hayek was :P (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Hayek)

https://twitter.com/AndreyFradkin/status/634200903126503425
Airbnb (@eigenhector, @bifrach, @daveholtz) wagers against Hayek with pricing engine for millions of unique listings http://nerds.airbnb.com/airbnb-machine-learning/ …
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Software Engineer in AI
Employment
  • Airbnb, Inc.
    2014 - present
  • Google
    Research Engineer, 2007 - 2014
  • Petroglyph
    Senior 3D engineer, 2005 - 2007
  • Dreamworks
    Rendering Specialist, 2002 - 2005
  • Electronic Arts
    Game engineer, 2000 - 2002
  • NASA
    Intern, 1995 - 1995
  • 3dfx
    Intern, 1996 - 1996
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San Francisco, CA
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Mountain View, CA - Singapore - Las Vegas, NV - Ithaca, NY - Palo Alto, CA
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Applied information theorist, avid foodie. Googler (images, self-driving cars, Google [x], Google Research, Youtube). Predictions using mathematics. (http://www.youtube.com/feed/recommended)
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Hector Yee's recent projects include writing the machine learning and camera perception for the Google self driving car, automatic labeling of millions of videos in YouTube, personalized video recommendations.
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Many millions of people see my work daily. Won an Emmy award for personalized video recommendations in Youtube.
Education
  • Cornell
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The king of kings durian is sweet and firm with flat bitter seeds and the classic mao shan (cat mountain) is really delicious, sweet soft and creamy. They have tables to eat durian at and you can also buy fresh coconut water to drink from. A great durian dining experience!
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