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Multi-Armed Bandits, Conjugate Models and Bayesian Reinforcement Learning | Eigenfoo
Let’s talk about Bayesianism. It’s developed a reputation (not entirely justified, but not entirely unjustified either) for being too mathematically sophisticated or too computationally intensive to work at scale.
statistics  multi-armed  bandit  algorithms  AI 
17 days ago
Multi-Armed Bandits
"Analysis of Thompson Sampling for the multi-armed bandit problem."
statistics  multi-armed  bandits  algorithms  AI 
17 days ago
The amyloid hypothesis on trial
The amyloid hypothesis on trial
As the development of treatments for Alzheimer’s disease continues to stumble, is it time for researchers to broaden their list of the condition’s potential causes?
amyloid  Alzheimer’s 
7 weeks ago
Life is Short
Life is short, as everyone knows. When I was a kid I used to wonder about this. Is life actually short, or are we really complaining about its finiteness? Would we be just as likely to feel life was short if we lived 10 times as long?
philosophy  life  short  kids  bullshit  Paul  Graham  HN  YC  YCombinator 
april 2018
Why You Can’t Remember Being a Kid
etween birth and our early teens, the brain is still laying down some of its fundamental circuitry and thickening its electrical pathways with fatty tissue to make them more conductive. In a massive surge of growth, the brain sprouts innumerable new bridges between neurons. In fact, we have far more links between brain cells in our earliest years than we end up with in adulthood; most are pruned away. All that excess brain mass is the wet clay from which our genes and experiences sculpt a brain to suit its particular environment. Without such limber brains, young children would never be able to learn as much as quickly as they do.
memory  psychology  childhood 
march 2018
Transistor Full Documentary - YouTube
Transistored.
John Bardeen, William Shockley and Walter Brattain at Bell Labs
PBS  transistor  history  computer  science  Bell  Labs  John  Bardeen  William  Shockley  Walter  Brattain 
january 2018
Life in the Age of Noise - Original Essay by Erling Kagge
Because the more you do to avoid boredom, the more bored you become. 
productivity  boredom  inspiration  noise  FOMO  mental  health 
january 2018
How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus - The Atlantic
The Coddling of the American Mind
In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.
education  psychology  millennials  students  mental  health 
january 2018
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