April 11, 2017

Can deep learning models learn like the human brain?

At last Thursday’s text as data seminar, professor Hong Yu from the University of Massachusetts Medical School explained the effort that she, along with her fellow colleagues, have made to incorporate human intelligence and cognitive functions to improve deep learning through new models. For instance, “Building an Evaluation Scale Using Item Response Theory,” is one […]

April 10, 2017

How Can Neural Networks Improve Breast Cancer Screening?

Although deep convolutional neural networks can perform image object recognition in natural images, this technology still remains inapplicable for the medical industry. Medical professionals require high resolution images to make fine details visible, and the ability to view the human body from multiple angles to draw up a complete diagnosis for their patients. Enter the […]

April 7, 2017

Using Machine Learning To Characterize Singing Styles

Before written language was invented, different cultures used music to communicate with each other. Investigating how these cultures exchanged musical styles is a major research area in the field of comparative musicology, and its scholars are becoming increasingly reliant on data science and machine learning techniques to help answer their research questions. For example, in […]

April 5, 2017

The Psychology of Conservatism and Liberalism

Political psychologists, true to their name, explore the intersection between psychology and political science. That’s precisely what John Jost, a Professor of Psychology and Politics, Co-Director of NYU’s Center for Social and Political Behavior, and affiliated faculty member at CDS investigates in his work. Earlier this year, Jost, along with Joanna Sterling, Chadly Stern, and […]

April 3, 2017

Descartes Labs come to CDS

  While Google Maps is a useful enough tool for directing you up and down Manhattan’s urban grid of avenues of streets on a daily basis, what about industries who want to examine the world on a larger scale, from multiple angles, and in real-time? Enter Descartes Labs, a venture-based start-up that is gaining traction […]