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Football Outsiders Almanac 2018 Preview Q&A: LA Rams’ defense rising - Turf Show Times
In part II of our preview Q&A with FO, we look at Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips’ new-look defense.
We’re partnering with Football Outsiders again this year to promote the release of the Football Outsiders Almanac 2018. FO continues to raise the bar for quantitative analysis, and the 2018 almanac is proof positive. In our five-part preview, we’ll look at how they modeled the 2017 Los Angeles Rams and what they’re looking at for 2018 with FO’s Bryan Knowles (@BryKno).
Pt. I: An offense renewed
Last year, the projection was for the defense to jump to 2nd defensively in DVOA from 15th. They about halved that getting to 6th. What was foreseen in terms of defensive improvement that didn’t take place that could take place this year and close that gap even further?
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1 hour ago by rgl7194
Science Won't Settle the Mammogram Debate
The latest recommendations show that the fight isn’t about evidence, it’s about values.
2 hours ago by tlricherson
Tech workers are divided over Google's reported new Chinese search engine: CHARTS - Business Insider
This chart shows how divided tech workers are over Google's reported new Chinese search engine (GOOG) August 21, 2018 at 06:36PM

Eight years after Google pulled its search engine from China due to concerns over censorship and cyber attacks, the company is considering relaunching a censored search function there — and members of the broader tech community aren't happy about it.

But they're outnumbered by Google employees. As this chart from Statista shows, 65% of the 472 polled are in favor of the company's reversed position.

There's a clear division of opinions amongst tech workers as China's existing human rights issues leave some skeptical that Google's accommodation of Chinese censorship rules is a good idea.

SEE ALSO: Google is gaining major ground on Amazon in the smart speaker market

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NOW WATCH: This machine perfectly pours concrete

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5 hours ago by leconeyc
From GAN to WGAN
As a result, training a GAN faces a dilemma:

If the discriminator behaves badly, the generator does not have accurate feedback and the loss function cannot represent the reality.

If the discriminator does a great job, the gradient of the loss function drops down to close to zero and the learning becomes super slow or even jammed.

Compared to the original GAN algorithm, the WGAN undertakes the following changes:

After every gradient update on the critic function, clamp the weights to a small fixed range, [−c,c].
Use a new loss function derived from the Wasserstein distance, no logarithm anymore. The “discriminator” model does not play as a direct critic but a helper for estimating the Wasserstein metric between real and generated data distribution.
Empirically the authors recommended RMSProp optimizer on the critic, rather than a momentum based optimizer such as Adam which could cause instability in the model training. I haven’t seen clear theoretical explanation on this point through.
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6 hours ago by mike
Fanning the Flames of Hate: Social Media and Hate Crime by Karsten Müller, Carlo Schwarz :: SSRN
This paper investigates the link between social media and hate crime using Facebook data. We study the case of Germany, where the recently emerged right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has developed a major social media presence. We show that right-wing anti-refugee sentiment on Facebook predicts violent crimes against refugees in otherwise similar municipalities with higher social media usage. To further establish causality, we exploit exogenous variation in major internet and Facebook outages, which fully undo the correlation between social media and hate crime. We further find that the effect decreases with distracting news events; increases with user network interactions; and does not hold for posts unrelated to refugees. Our results suggest that social media can act as a propagation mechanism between online hate speech and real-life violent crime.
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7 hours ago by csantos
Kitchen Designs From Famous Movie Scenes [Infographic]
Kitchen Designs From Famous Movie Scenes August 21, 2018 at 11:45AM

What are the best kitchen scenes in film history? The following infographic from hipages is for film fanatics and renovation fans to enjoy. It lists the most memorable kitchen scenes and costs for remodeling your kitchen to replicate their style.

[Click here for full size version]

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The Power of Scent: Smell Facts [Infographic]
The Power of Scent: Smell Facts August 21, 2018 at 11:14AM Smells are first processed by the olfactory bulb, which runs along the bottom of the brain. The olfactory bulb has direct connections to two other brain areas, the amygdala and the hippocampus. These ares have a strong implication in emotion and memory. None of the other senses pass through these two parts of the brain, which makes the sense of smell the most successful for triggering emotion and memory. via Infographic Journal
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11 Modern Marketing Skills for Business Innovators to Master [Infographic]
11 Modern Marketing Skills for Business Innovators to Master August 21, 2018 at 11:14AM Technology and social media have made a profound impact on marketing over the past few years. So much so, that small business owners, entrepreneurs, and marketers may need to update their skill sets to properly engage with he next generation of consumers (Gen Z) while effectively leveraging progressive technologies. via Infographic Journal
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Colon Cancer 101 [Infographic]
Colon Cancer 101 August 21, 2018 at 11:14AM Colorectal cancers are extremely common, the third most frequently-diagnosed malignancy in US patients, according to the National Library of Medicine. But the disease is also very deadly. Colorectal cancer, which most often metastasizes to the liver, lung or abdomen, is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Learn more about this disease in the following […] via Infographic Journal
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How to Become a Master at Networking | Daily Infographic
Become A Master At Networking August 21, 2018 at 08:04AM

Become A Master At Networking

By Robin | source:Here Aug 21st, 2018

The benefits of networking extend beyond finding new employment opportunities and growing your career. Stronger relationships can improve all facets of life as your network expands.

A network of colleagues and friends provides advice and support, fosters creativity through fresh ideas, offers varying perspectives, builds self-confidence, and raises your profile. In fact, studies show that people with large networks are generally healthier and happier.

However, networking involves much more than handshakes and exchanging information. Some think of it as a process of selling yourself, which seems daunting for many people.

First, use available technology to clean up your social media outlets by separating social and business accounts from one another. Then, update your accounts regularly with fresh content that is professional and interesting.

While social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter each have their own strengths, creating a LinkedIn profile is imperative for business networking, as 70 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs use the platform exclusively.

While you might make initial connections through online services, face-to-face meetings are still the most important way to engage folks in your network and make long-lasting impressions. Step away from your computer, and step outside of your office to meet people personally through community service clubs and professional associations.

Networking is how business and contracts develop, projects are funded and finished, and how artists and professionals become famous. Master the art of networking by connecting strategically.

Dad, adventurer, writer, and patriot who lives by the Albert Camus notion that "the only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebel...


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