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Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right? | WIRED
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Kate O’Neill, writing for Wired:

But let’s play out this idea.

Imagine that you wanted to train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics and, more specifically, on age progression (e.g., how people are likely to look as they get older). Ideally, you’d want a broad and rigorous dataset with lots of people’s pictures. It would help if you knew they were taken a fixed number of years apart — say, 10 years.

Sure, you could mine Facebook for profile pictures and look at posting dates or EXIF data. But that whole set of profile pictures could end up generating a lot of useless noise. People don’t reliably upload pictures in chronological order, and it’s not uncommon for users to post pictures of something other than themselves as a profile picture. A quick glance through my Facebook friends’ profile pictures shows a friend’s dog who just died, several cartoons, word images, abstract patterns, and more.

In other words, it would help if you had a clean, simple, helpfully labeled set of then-and-now photos.

I think it’s very fair to say we should all assume the worst with Facebook all the time now. That’s I posted my 10-year challenge to Twitter instead of Instagram.

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Her eyes widened. “You have a name?
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Postgres Weekly Issue 288: January 16, 2019
💡 Tip of the Week
Finding which tables need extra indexes

pg_stat_user_tables is a fantastic system view that can show us invaluable information about the tables in our databases and can be used in diagnosing performance issues. Vacuum statistics like last_autovacuum and n_dead_tup will show if there are tables that aren’t being vacuumed efficiently and n_tup_hot_upd if you aren't performing HOT updates.

One of the things to look for first, though, is if there are tables that need new indexes as this can have a significant impact on your database's overall performance:

SELECT relname,
    seq_scan,
    seq_tup_read,
    idx_scan
FROM pg_stat_user_tables
WHERE seq_scan > 0
ORDER BY 3 DESC LIMIT 10;

This simple query will help highlight tables that are heavy on sequential scans and potential candidates for adding an index.

By looking at the seq_scan results, you can see precisely how many sequential scans have happened on a table. Then looking at seq_tup_read you can see how many tuples are being read during those scans. If those numbers are significantly higher on certain tables, some further indexes may be badly needed.
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