Yarin Gal

The Science of Deep Learning December 17th, 2015 The field in which we work, applied machine learning (and deep learning in particular), is a unique one. It mixes together engineering, mathematics, natural sciences, and even social sciences. We develop tools trying to explain the world, extrapolate it, and interpolate it. The natural and social sciences often make use of these tools to try and explain observed phenomena. But for many of the tools we develop (especially in deep learning) we have a very limited understanding of why they themselves work… That’s been bothering me for quite some time now, and I used my time at the last NIPS conference discussing this with anyone willing to listen to me. One possible solution that comes to mind is quite beautiful (in a…


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