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Miles Osborne
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Ex-academic working on machine translation, social media; cats and beer
Ex-academic working on machine translation, social media; cats and beer

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somewhat poignant. photos of the last meals of people executed in the US.  http://bigpicture.ru/?p=291704

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+Kiri Wagstaff has an interesting position paper (http://www.wkiri.com/research/papers/wagstaff-MLmatters-12.pdf) on the irrelevance (my word choice) of much academic machine learning (ht +Charles Sutton). It overlaps quite a bit with a conversation I was having with +Tom Mitchell yesterday about related issues in natural language processing. I haven't thought enough about all of Kiri's points, but I'm kind of skeptical about her proposed six challenges. I don't think irrelevance is the result of "bad" choices of problems to work on, it is the result of academic incentive systems that operate well beyond machine learning. Incentive systems also play a big (bigger?) role in what we do in industry: a good part of what we work on makes sense or cost-benefit considerations, but it's not the kind of result that excites anyone except those of us deep into the specifics of the problem at hand. Sometimes, such choices would only be of interest to our competitors, in which case we won't talk about them anyway. Nevertheless, we need all to talk more about these issues to find questions that are both scientifically exciting and practically useful. I'm very happy that we have plenty of those at work, and I hope to help bring more of those fun+profit problems to the forefront.

well this is a nice surprise to me.  i just checked to see if a standard full-sized USB keyboard would work with my ICS tablet.  and it did!  

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hell has a special place for people who publish a paper essentially repeating your own work without actually citing you.  our work from 2011: Sasa Petrovic, Miles Osborne and Victor Lavrenko. RT to win! Predicting Message Propagation in Twitter. ICWSM, Barcelona, Spain. July 2011. http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/miles/papers/icwsm11.pdf

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trying to book accommodation in Jeju is maddening. just why did the organisers list a set of hotels each of which has a website just in Korean and using flash?

how strange. I have received an offer to spend Google Adwords money (ok), except the message is in Croatian.
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