Weak Supervision

location The Core | 6 PM-8 PM Wednesday 10 October 2018 (GMT)

Feeding the AI monster

Python North East welcomes you to our new home at The Core on the corner of Bath Lane with an exciting new talk to usher in an exciting new era! On 10th October, Tom Merritt-Smith is seeing us in.

The availability of machine learning packages with friendly APIs, alongside ever cheaper technology, has made building a gigantic neural network child's play. However, developing a useful machine learning classifier is often dependent on having an accurately labelled data set which can be used to train the classifier, and the bigger the neural network, the more hungry it is. This comes at a significant cost - even generating 1 label per second, 100 000 labels would require ~28 hours of work for one person. In this talk, we'll cover some approaches to solve this, some challenges, and have a look at a python package released by one of the key research groups on weak supervision: hazyresearch.

There will be some code-along / code-play opportunities during and after the talk, so bring along your laptop. The package we'll look at is https://github.com/HazyResearch/babble, if you want to try installing it in advance.

We also have a new sponsor! Caspian have joined Sharpe Recruitment in supplying our usual pizzas in our new home.

Doors are open from 6pm and the talk will begin at 7. Don't forget, it's our new home at The Core.

We're looking forward to seeing you next week!


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The Core

Science Central, Bath Ln, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5TF, UK

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