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7th - The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data: Peter Norvig, Google

Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google,will be delivering the Annual Boole Lecture on December 15th 2009.

Tuesday 15th December 2009 at 8.00 PM
Venue: Boole IV Lecture Theatre

All  are  Welcome

Title: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data
Subtitle: How Billions of Trivial Data Points can Lead to Understanding

Abstract: In decades past, models of human language were wrought from the sweat and pencils of linguists.  In the modern day, it is more common to think of language modeling as an exercise in probabilistic inference from data: we observe how words and combinations of words are used, and from that build computer models of what the phrases mean. This approach is hopeless with a small amount of data, but somewhere in the range of millions or billions of examples, we pass a threshold, and the hopeless suddenly becomes effective, and computer models sometimes meet or exceed human performance. This talk gives examples of the data available in large repositories of text, images, and videos, and shows some tasks that can be accomplished with theresulting models.

The Annual Boole Lecture Series in Informatics was established and is sponsored by the Boole Centre for Research in Informatics, the Cork Constraint Computation Centre, the Department of Computer Science, and The School of Mathematical Sciences.