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The Data Skeptic Podcast features interviews and discussion of topics related to data science, statistics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and the like, all from the perspective of applying critical thinking and the scientific method to evaluate the veracity of claims and efficacy of approaches.
 
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Learning Machines 101

Richard M. Golden, Ph.D., M.S.E.E., B.S.E.E.

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Smart machines based upon the principles of artificial intelligence and machine learning are now prevalent in our everyday life. For example, artificially intelligent systems recognize our voices, sort our pictures, make purchasing suggestions, and can automatically fly planes and drive cars. In this podcast series, we examine such questions such as: How do these devices work? Where do they come from? And how can we make them even smarter and more human-like? These are the questions that wil ...
 
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It's another topic-filled week in Marvel Strike Force with the introduction of Update 6.7. The long-awaited Apocalypse is finally here, Quicksilver is on the way and there are NEW Datamines about what to expect. I discuss these topics with DorkyDad along with the other highlights of the week including: Introduction 00:00 Update 6.7 Reaction 02:01 R…
 
Crafting survey questions is one thing but getting your audience to fill it is yet another. On the show today, we speak with Alexander Nolte, an Associate Professor at the University of Tartu. Alexander discussed the use of Casual Affective Triggers (CAT) to incentivize people to accept survey invitations and improve the completion rate. He reveale…
 
It's been an event-filled week in Marvel Strike Force with 2 events ending and 2 more on the way. It's also time to get ready for the Rebirth and Masters of Evil teams. Will they be worth the investment or are they more trap teams. I'm discussing these topics and more with Mr Hartgrave this week. Our additional topics include: Introduction 00:00 Be…
 
Traditional surveys have straight-jacket questions to be answered, thus restricting the information that can be gotten. Today, Ziang Xiao, a Postdoc Researcher in the FATE group at Microsoft Research Montréal, talks about conversational surveys, a type of survey that asks questions based on preceding answers. He discussed the benefits of conversati…
 
How to make the most of this bad Peggy Carter Event, what are the best teams for each room in the upcoming season 2 of Cosmic Crucible and is Apocalypse worth the grind. I discuss these item and the rest of the MSF current events with prplestiky. Our additional topics include: Introduction 00:00 Trashy Peggy Event 02:28 Best Orbs to open? 08:28 WX …
 
Today, Jenny Tang, a Ph.D. student of societal computing at Carnegie Mellon University discusses her work on the generalization of privacy and security surveys on platforms such as Amazon MTurk and Prolific. Jenny shared the drawbacks of using such online platforms, the discrepancies observed about the samples drawn, and key insights from her resul…
 
It's been a relatively player-friendly week in Marvel Strike Force. Back-to-back events which don't require a lot of of extra grinding and Red Hulk's Scourge event is back. On this edition of your MSF News Update, I'm joined by Run Seven and we discuss these topic and more including: Introduction 00:00 War Scourge Returns 01:46 War Saga Coming Soon…
 
This episode kicks off the new season of the show, Data Skeptic: Surveys. Linhda rejoins the show for a conversation with Kyle about her experience taking surveys and what questions she has for the season. Lastly, Kyle announces the launch of survey.dataskeptic.com, a new site we're launching to gather your opinions. Please take a moment and share …
 
Decimal Point Jeff Strikes again in Marvel Strike Force with more free stuff. We also saw a new monthly event arrive and the present store going away soon. I discuss these topics and more with Pathfinder Gaming including: Introduction 00:00 The Real Hero of MSF 01:36 4k Weaver Shards for FREE 02:20 Last STRIKE Team members announced when? 06:43 Ult…
 
It's been a year of ups and downs in Marvel Strike Force and in this video I review the Best and Worst of 2022 with MobileGamer. Our topics include: Introduction 00:00 Pocket Dimension 01:30 Avengers Tower Mode 02:18 Knowhere Heist 04:24 Scourge Events 07:10 MSF.gg Improvements 12:09 Cosmic Crucible Introduced 14:19 Many Bugs of 2022 17:54 Orange G…
 
The holidays are upon us and it's the season of giving in Marvel Strike Force. This week I am joined by Run Seven and we discuss the great Free Stuff in the game this week as well as some upcoming events you should be preparing for. Our other topics include: Introduction 00:00 Favorite Holiday Movie 01:36 PSA Don't claim Iso-8 energy til Friday 02:…
 
There were reports of Russia’s interference in the 2016 US elections. In today’s episode, Koustuv Saha, a researcher at Microsoft Research walks us through the effect of targeted ads for political campaigns. Using practical examples, he discusses how targeted ads can propagate fake news, its ripple effects on electioneering, and how to find a sweet…
 
Get up to 20% off your in-game purchases with Amazon coins: https://l.linklyhq.com/l/L6XG Introduction 00:00 Ready for Death Scourge? 02:19 Shield vs AIM vs Ravagers vs Multiple Minions 04:36 Death Scourge Problem Nodes 07:17 No Minion Rework confirmed 13:07 Best Winter Store Purchases 17:02 Crucible Store Best Purchases 21:06 Herald of Death Event…
 
It's been a HUGE week in Marvel Strike Force with a massive 2-month Patch dropping. In this edition of your Marvel Strike Force Weekly News Update, I am joined by Pathfinder Gaming and we're discussing the upcoming Death Scourge event, the best and worst of patch 6.6 and much more including: Introduction 00:00 Update 6.6 Overall 02:05 No Minion Rew…
 
Welcome back to this edition of your Marvel Strike Force Weekly News Update. An update is coming next week and I discuss the highlights with Run Seven. Our other topics include: Introduction 00:00 Thanksgiving Holiday 01:27 Update Next Week! 02:29 6th Character Predictions 05:13 Archangel Kit Reaction 08:37 Nemesis Kit Reaction 14:40 Red Hulk Awake…
 
When we navigate a webpage, it is fairly easy for our mouse movement to be tracked and collected. Today, Luis Leiva, a Professor of Computer Science discusses how these mouse tracking data can be used to predict age, gender and user attention. He also discusses the privacy concerns with mouse tracking data and possible ways it can be curtailed.…
 
Happy Thanksgiving week. In this special holiday edition of your Marvel Strike Force Weekly News Update, I am joined by Boilon to discuss some of the recent events in MSF. Our topics this week include: Introduction: 00:00 Minions- What to do 03:29 Nakia Event- better or worse than expected 12:06 Hoard Now! 17:38 Final Thoughts: 19:36 see more Boilo…
 
On the show, Aleksandra Urman and Mykola Makhortykh join us to discuss their work on the comparative analysis of web search behavior using web tracking data. They shared interesting results from their analysis, bordering around the user preferences for search engines, demographic patterns, and differences between how men and women surf the net.…
 
The News in MSF is back this week and the latest datamines reveal a lot of upcoming news. Is Dark Beast the next month-long milestone character? I also discuss the events for Nakia and Namor's outfit with GoofyRhexxi on this edition of your Marvel strike Force Weekly News Update. Introduction 00:00 New Villain Hard Nodes 03:09 Difficulty and Charac…
 
Did Aristotle Use a Laptop? That's a question from the StrategyQA benchmark which highlights the stretch goals for current artificial intelligence systems. Answering a question like that requires several cognitive steps and reasoning. Constructing a dataset of similarly challenging questions is a major undertaking. On today's episode, Mor Geva retu…
 
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