Statistical foundations of virtual democracy

Statiscal foundations of virtual democracy Kahng et al., ICML'19 This is another paper on the theme of combining information and making decisions in the face of noise and uncertainty - but the setting is quite different to those we’ve been looking at recently. Consider a food bank that receives donations of food and distributes it … Continue reading Statistical foundations of virtual democracy

Robust learning from untrusted sources

Robust learning from untrusted sources Konstantinov & Lampert, ICML'19 Welcome back to a new term of The Morning Paper! Just before the break we were looking at selected papers from ICML’19, including “Data Shapley.” I’m going to pick things up pretty much where we left off with a few more ICML papers... Data Shapley provides … Continue reading Robust learning from untrusted sources

Meta-learning neural Bloom filters

Meta-learning neural bloom filters Rae et al., ICML'19 Bloom filters are wonderful things, enabling us to quickly ask whether a given set could possibly contain a certain value. They produce this answer while using minimal space and offering O(1) inserts and lookups. It’s no wonder Bloom filters and their derivatives (the family of approximate set … Continue reading Meta-learning neural Bloom filters

Challenging common assumptions in the unsupervised learning of disentangled representations

Challenging common assumptions in the unsupervised learning of disentangled representations Locatello et al., ICML'19 Today’s paper choice won a best paper award at ICML’19. The ‘common assumptions’ that the paper challenges seem to be: "unsupervised learning of disentangled representations is possible, and useful!" The key idea behind the unsupervised learning of disentangled representations is that … Continue reading Challenging common assumptions in the unsupervised learning of disentangled representations

Data Shapley: equitable valuation of data for machine learning

Data Shapley: equitable valuation of data for machine learning Ghorbani & Zou et al., ICML'19 It’s incredibly difficult from afar to make sense of the almost 800 papers published at ICML this year! In practical terms I was reduced to looking at papers highlighted by others (e.g. via best paper awards), and scanning the list … Continue reading Data Shapley: equitable valuation of data for machine learning

View-centric performance optimization for database-backed web applications

View-centric performance optimization for database-backed web applications Yang et al., ICSE 2019 The problem set-up in this paper discusses the importance of keeping web page load times low as a fundamental contributor to user satisfaction (See e.g. ‘Why performance matters’). Between client-side tools such as Google’s Lighthouse, back-end tools that can analyse ORM usage and … Continue reading View-centric performance optimization for database-backed web applications