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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.

Data Skeptic Kyle Polich

    • Science
    • 4.5 • 39 Ratings

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.

    Even Cooperative Chess is Hard

    Even Cooperative Chess is Hard

    Aside from victory questions like “can black force a checkmate on white in 5 moves?” many novel questions can be asked about a game of chess. Some questions are trivial (e.g. “How many pieces does white have?") while more computationally challenging questions can contribute interesting results in computational complexity theory.
    In this episode, Josh Brunner, Master's student in Theoretical Computer Science at MIT, joins us to discuss his recent paper Complexity of Retrograde and Helpmate Chess Problems: Even Cooperative Chess is Hard.
    Works Mentioned
    Complexity of Retrograde and Helpmate Chess Problems: Even Cooperative Chess is Hard
    by Josh Brunner, Erik D. Demaine, Dylan Hendrickson, and Juilian Wellman
    1x1 Rush Hour With Fixed Blocks is PSPACE Complete
    by Josh Brunner, Lily Chung, Erik D. Demaine, Dylan Hendrickson, Adam Hesterberg, Adam Suhl, Avi Zeff

    • 23 min
    Consecutive Votes in Paxos

    Consecutive Votes in Paxos

    Eil Goldweber, a graduate student at the University of Michigan, comes on today to share his work in applying formal verification to systems and a modification to the Paxos protocol discussed in the paper Significance on Consecutive Ballots in Paxos.
    Works Mentioned :
    Previous Episode on Paxos 
    https://dataskeptic.com/blog/episodes/2020/distributed-consensus
    Paper:
    On the Significance on Consecutive Ballots in Paxos by: Eli Goldweber, Nuda Zhang, and Manos Kapritsos
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    • 30 min
    Visual Illusions Deceiving Neural Networks

    Visual Illusions Deceiving Neural Networks

    Today on the show we have Adrian Martin, a Postdoctorial researcher from the Univeristy of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. He comes on the show today to discuss his research from the paper “Convolutional Neural Networks can be Decieved by Visual Illusions.”
    Workes Mentioned in Paper:
    “Convolutional Neural Networks can be Decieved by Visual Illusions.” by Alexander Gomez-Villa, Adrian Martin, Javier Vazquez-Corral, and Marcelo Bertalmio
    Examples:
    Snake Illusions
    https://www.illusionsindex.org/i/rotating-snakes
    Twitter:
    Alex:
    @alviur
    Adrian: 
    @adriMartin13
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    • 33 min
    Earthquake Detection with Crowd-sourced Data

    Earthquake Detection with Crowd-sourced Data

    Have you ever wanted to hear what an earthquake sounds like? Today on the show we have Omkar Ranadive, Computer Science Masters student at NorthWestern University, who collaborates with Suzan van der Lee, an Earth and Planetary Sciences professor at Northwestern University, on the crowd-sourcing project Earthquake Detective. 
    Email Links:
    Suzan: suzan@earth.northwestern.edu 
    Omkar: omkar.ranadive@u.northwestern.edu
    Works Mentioned: 
    Paper: Applying Machine Learning to Crowd-sourced Data from Earthquake Detective
    https://arxiv.org/abs/2011.04740
    by Omkar Ranadive, Suzan van der Lee, Vivan Tang, and Kevin Chao
    Github: https://github.com/Omkar-Ranadive/Earthquake-Detective
    Earthquake Detective: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/vivitang/earthquake-detective
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    • 29 min
    Byzantine Fault Tolerant Consensus

    Byzantine Fault Tolerant Consensus

    Byzantine fault tolerance (BFT) is a desirable property in a distributed computing environment. BFT means the system can survive the loss of nodes and nodes becoming unreliable. There are many different protocols for achieving BFT, though not all options can scale to large network sizes.
    Ted Yin joins us to explain BFT, survey the wide variety of protocols, and share details about HotStuff.

    • 35 min
    Alpha Fold

    Alpha Fold

    Kyle shared some initial reactions to the announcement about Alpha Fold 2's celebrated performance in the CASP14 prediction.  By many accounts, this exciting result means protein folding is now a solved problem.


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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

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My favourite listen!

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Excellent . But...

Kyle is a good presenter but is problematic at times

AEAMAEA ,

monotonous and boring

i don’t really know what it is, the way this person talks or the way he presents the ideas, but i have never been able to focus on a single episode... it’s a long boring monologue that takes so long to get to the point that i’ve drifted off to some other thought

most of the examples given don’t make any sense ... his girlfriend is always disinterested and treated as an intellectually inferior person who’s been part of it from day one and been part of most podcasts but still doesn’t have a clue what this guy is talking about.

right now i’m listening to the BERT podcast and the guy has flitted around to 8 different things and i have NO CKue what the hell hes talking about

i subscribed to it after it was recommended by some youtube and i regret subscribing to it it’s been a total waste of my time

i’ve given it two stars instead of one, that one extra star is for effort, mainly.

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