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shifting the odds in gambling

ISIP on Facebook - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 08:57
shifting the odds in gambling This is a very interesting story about what can happen in gambling if you can slightly shift the odds in your favor: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/famed-poker-pro-with-%E2%80%98remarkable%E2%80%99-dollar96-million-scheme-has-to-pay-it-back-judge-rules/ar-BBxm97Q?li=BBnba9I In Information Theory next semester we will discuss a theorem that proves that you can consistently win if you can do slightly better than the house in betting.
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plotting tools: www.tableau.com and Pandas

ISIP on Facebook - Mon, 12/19/2016 - 01:15
plotting tools: www.tableau.com and Pandas A lot of our undergrads seem to like using this tool: http://www.tableau.com/ to visualize data. It seems to have a lot of nice functionality built into it. They also seem to like to use pandas in Python (http://pandas.pydata.org/) to load and manipulate Excel spreadsheets.
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MS Word Tip: updating crossreferences

ISIP on Facebook - Sat, 12/17/2016 - 09:04
MS Word Tip: updating crossreferences One way to do this seems to be the following: Edit-Select All Put the mouse on a crossreference right mouse click select update field You can also generate a pdf document - this forces Word to update crossreferences. -Joe
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Python and memory management ...

ISIP on Facebook - Thu, 12/15/2016 - 21:37
Python and memory management ... I just got schooled in Python... Consider this code: Case 1: x = joe[10]; cnf = [] for i in range(10): cnf.append(joe) Case 2: cnf = [] for i in range(10): x = joe[10]; cnf.append(joe) In C++, this code would produce the same result because the object is essentially passed by value (at least this is how we implement such things in the ISIP IFCs). In Python, Case 1 results in an array, cnf, in which all elements point to the same copy of "joe". Case 2 results in an array where there are 10 unique copies of "joe". In Case 1, if you change a value in one element of cnf[], all elements of cnf have that same value. (So my confusion matrices were all the same, which didn't make sense.) In Case 2, every element of cnf has its own copy of an object to type joe. So they are independent values. This is a good example of why you need to understand how these languages allocate memory. Python abstracts a lot of pointer stuff that you would normally deal with in C++. This can be good or bad. In my case, the above bug cost me too many hours of debugging... -Joe
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deep learning and hearing aids

ISIP on Facebook - Thu, 12/15/2016 - 21:37
deep learning and hearing aids http://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electronics/audiovideo/deep-learning-reinvents-the-hearing-aid?utm_source=TechAlert&utm_campaign=TechAlert_12-15-16&utm_medium=Email&bt_alias=eyJ1c2VySWQiOiAiMjM3ZjA1OGItMzM0OC00M2Y5LWI4MGEtZmU1NTI1ODZhZjFjIn0%3D
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formatting 4-page conference papers

ISIP on Facebook - Thu, 12/15/2016 - 21:37
formatting 4-page conference papers One of the things many of you struggle with is the endless editing we do on 4-page conference papers. These are a bit of a challenge because you want the technical content to be good, but you also need the paper to look good. The textbooks that you use typically look good in addition to being well-written. You don't often appreciate this because you don't see all the edits that publishers do to make the book look visually pleasing. Figures and tables are moved around so that "everything fits". We have somewhat of a formula for 4-page (references on 5th page) conference papers. There are a few simple rules: - first page is usually an intro plus a figure - second page is theory - third page is implementation details and experimental description - fourth page is results and conclusions - fifth page is references On top of this there are some formatting rules: - figures and tables in the corners of a page (e.g., lower right corner) - figures and tables in textboxes - single-spaced right justified paragraphs - references in IEEE (numeric) or APA (author and year) format - crossreferences, etc. - there must be a paragraph of text between a major heading and a subheading. On top of all of these, there are some micro-formatting issues that you need to pay attention to. Two screenshots are attached that demonstrate these issues: - you can't have a single line of text at the top of a page (called an orphan line) - a heading can't appear at the bottom of a page with only one line of text before the page break There are a lot of small things like this I pay attention to when editing your papers. It might seem like an overconstrained problem. However, if you play with the wording, you can often make all these things work. What you end up with is a paper that reads well and looks good. Proper placement of figures, etc., makes the paper easier to read. I know many researchers favor content over formatting, and are often not that concerned about formatting. On the other hand, marketing people worry more about visual impact than content. We try to straddle those lines so that your papers are technically sound and yet read well and look good. After all, your work will be on the Internet forever... so it will be part of your legacy. Someday your grandchildren will look at that paper and ask "Did you really write this silly piece of pseudo-science?" and you can reply "Well, at least the paper looked good! :)" Then you will tell them the story of this crazy professor you once knew... -Joe
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commonly used Latin words

ISIP on Facebook - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 12:26
commonly used Latin words We all struggle with some of these rules in English writing. One we face frequently is whether "et al." is italicized. For example, Smith et al. (2016) states that you should not italicize "et al." One definitive source seems to state: Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (p.365) says that commonly used Latin words and abbreviations should not be italicized, and lists "et al." as an example. Let's try to follow this in the future.
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MS Word Trick: Shift Return

ISIP on Facebook - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 07:48
MS Word Trick: Shift Return If you don't know what "Shift Return" pressed simultaneously does, you are missing out on an important feature in Word. You must know the difference between "Shift Return" and "Return" (or Enter as some of you call it). The two key sequences serve completely different purposes.
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Fwd: Must Know Tips for Deep Learning Neural Networks

ISIP on Facebook - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 12:42
Fwd: Must Know Tips for Deep Learning Neural Networks Meysam has found a nice article: http://www.kdnuggets.com/2016/03/must-know-tips-deep-learning-part-1.html on how to adapt deep learning to image processing.
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Mendeley

ISIP on Facebook - Sun, 10/02/2016 - 22:53
Mendeley Some of you are automatically importing references into Mendeley. Unfortunately, this doesn't really work, and the author lists and journal names tend to get corrupted. I typically import the reference and then fix it by hand. Often, when typing an entry, Mendeley will automatically complete the name (e.g., the journal title). So it is fairly quick to fix these entries. However, it is important that you manually review each entry and make sure it is correct. Once that is done, you can use the "Copy as Formatted Text" to paste the entry into your document.
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Nvidia GPUs

ISIP on Facebook - Sat, 10/01/2016 - 10:36
Nvidia GPUs We don't talk a lot about computer hardware in ECE 3822 - Software Tools for Engineers, but here is an article about the increasing use of GPUs in the cloud: https://www.hpcwire.com/2016/09/30/aws-beats-azure-k80-general-availability/ We have a GPU machine and I must say that it is an extremely fast machine. As long as you have software that exploits these processors, the price/performance ratio is quite unbelievable. Here is an overview of our cluster: https://www.isip.piconepress.com/publications/unpublished/conferences/2016/ieee_spmb/cluster/abstract_v03.pdf A web page monitoring performance can be seen here: https://www.isip.piconepress.com/projects/neuronix/ It took Nvidia a long time to reach this point, but now they are in the enviable position that they can't make these processors fast enough. GPUs have definitely become mainstream.
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MS Word Tips: Crossreferences

ISIP on Facebook - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 19:34
MS Word Tips: Crossreferences In Word, we use the Insert->Cross-reference... menu to insert crossreferences. Here is an example of a long-standing bug in MS Word that has been reported by never fixed. When you select the cross-reference and insert it by paragraph number, Word often inserts the number 0. If you click insert several times, it will eventually insert the correct number. Then you have to manually delete the 0 values. Quite annoying... but it can be circumvented. If you don't understand what I am talking about... then you don't know how to do cross-references properly in our group :(
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spell-checking problems

ISIP on Facebook - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 22:18
spell-checking problems From time to time, MS Word disables spell checking. There are a variety of reasons this happens. Here is a nice article on how to reset the spell checker: https://www.timeatlas.com/word-spell-check-not-working/
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congratulations to Amir!

ISIP on Facebook - Sat, 09/10/2016 - 19:21
congratulations to Amir! He successfully presented a portion of his dissertation work at INTERSPEECH yesterday: https://www.isip.piconepress.com/publications/conference_proceedings/2016/interspeech/std_query/ Very nice work!
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section headings

ISIP on Facebook - Sat, 09/10/2016 - 12:20
section headings I often see students do something like this in a paper: --- 3. Experiments 3.1. Baseline System Lots of interesting text...Lots of interesting text...Lots of interesting text...Lots of interesting text...Lots of interesting text...Lots of interesting text...Lots of interesting text...Lots of interesting text...Lots of interesting text... 3.2. New System ... --- Unfortunately, it looks bad to have two consecutive headings without some intervening text. There really needs to be some (relevant) text between the major heading and the first subheading. I often describe this as "papers should look good" as well as read well. This usually sends my linguist friends into a frenzy as they will argue that content takes priority over looks. Of course they are technically correct, but research is as much about marketing these days as it is technical content. In technical papers, particularly 4-page conference papers, you want them to look good as well as read well. Often, successful documents share these properties, making them a pleasure to read. Now, does this mean you make up some meaningless text to fill space. Of course not. It is just part of the process of writing to find ways to structure things so that text falls in the right places. So, as you write your conference papers, consider arranging things so that they look good as well as read well.
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crossreferencing in MS Word

ISIP on Facebook - Sat, 09/10/2016 - 12:20
crossreferencing in MS Word As many of you know, we use crossreferences extensively to make sure as a document is updated the references automatically update. By default, Word hyperlinks these references. If you look closely in the crossreferences dialog box, there is a check box for hyperlinking. I prefer we not hyperlink them. This simply makes it hard to navigate the document when editing it. If you uncheck the hyperlink box, once, it stays unchecked going forward. Unfortunately, there is not easy way to convert a hyperlinked crossreference to a non-hyperlinked crossreference - at least I haven't found one. Thanks in advance for your compliance ;) The Management ;)
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Technology such as speech recognition involves intricate knowledge of the user experience to make it useful. There are a lot of interesting parallels with web design.

ISIP on Facebook - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 17:04
Technology such as speech recognition involves intricate knowledge of the user experience to make it useful. There are a lot of interesting parallels with web design.
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Welcome To Our New Students

ISIP on Facebook - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 17:04
Welcome To Our New Students Welcome to Sidra Haneef and Rajpreet Gulati. Both enter our program in Fall 2016 as PhD students.
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The twitter feed for this group is "@_isip". We are trying to improve the integration of social media.

ISIP on Facebook - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 14:57
The twitter feed for this group is "@_isip". We are trying to improve the integration of social media.
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Twitter connections to email

ISIP on Facebook - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 14:57
Twitter connections to email I recently installed an Android app that lets me receive messages in my email - very useful. Pat Somaru pointed me to a similar tool, http://tweetymail.com/, that lets me send a tweet via email. You register your Twitter account and then you can send email to tweet@tweetymail.com. This is pretty nice.
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