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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

    • Technology
    • 4.5 • 479 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.

    Signal in the Noise

    Signal in the Noise

    In this episode, we are joined by Barbara Webb and Anna Hadjitofi. Barbara runs the Insect Robotics lab at the University of Edinburgh, and Anna is a PhD student at the School of Informatics at the university. She is interested in studying and understanding the neural mechanism of the honeybee waggle dance. They join us to discuss the paper: Dynamic antennal positioning allows honeybee followers to decode the dance.

    • 41 min
    Pose Tracking

    Pose Tracking

    Many researchers and students have painstakingly labeled precise details about the body positions of the creatures they study. Can AI be used for this labeling? Of course it can! Today's episode discusses Social LEAP Estimates Animal Poses (SLEAP), a software solution to train AI to perform this tedious but important labeling work.

    • 50 min
    Modeling Group Behavior

    Modeling Group Behavior

    Our guest in this episode is Sebastien Motsch, an assistant professor at Arizona State University, working in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Science. He works on modeling self-organized biological systems to understand how complex patterns emerge.

    • 40 min
    Advances in Data Loggers

    Advances in Data Loggers

    Our guest in this episode is Ryan Hanscom. Ryan is a Ph.D. candidate in a joint doctoral evolution program at San Diego State University and the University of California, Riverside. He is a terrestrial ecologist with a focus on herpetology and mammalogy.  Ryan discussed how the behavior of rattlesnakes is studied in the natural world, particularly with an increase in temperature.

    • 35 min
    What You Know About Intelligence is Wrong (fixed)

    What You Know About Intelligence is Wrong (fixed)

    We are joined by Hank Schlinger, a professor of psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. His research revolves around theoretical issues in psychology and behavioral analysis.  Hank establishes that words have references and questions the reference for intelligence. He discussed how intelligence can be observed in animals. He also discussed how intelligence is measured in a given context.

    • 41 min
    Animal Decision Making

    Animal Decision Making

    On today’s episode, we are joined by Aimee Dunlap. Aimee is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and the interim director at the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center.
    Aimee discussed how animals perceive information and what they use it for. She discussed the connection between their environment and learning for decision-making. She also discussed the costs required for learning and factors that affect animal learning.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
479 Ratings

479 Ratings

calzone.onsets ,

Great resource

A colleague introduced me to Data Skeptic last year and I’ve been enjoying the episodes. Kyle’s good at covering topics from many levels of data science understanding—his mini series with a non-data scientist are a great way to learn the basics!

joey...1989 ,

Data science

Lots of interviews

Steveo CO ,

Amazing

I have been following for a few months now. If you’re looking for a wide perspective on big data and AI, this is the place. Kyle has a wide knowledge base, he’s not focused on a simple thing, rather, he explores multiple models, to help with research. His guests are amazing. I can’t wait to be invited to appear on the show to discuss standard operations for an average guy doing signs and lighting.

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