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A New Measurements-Based Approach to Machine Learning for Bioinformatics

  • Fri, October 02, 2020
  • 09:00 - 10:00
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-0gHvk7p5A

Fri, October 2, 2020, 09:00 – 10:00AM (PDT), 12:00 – 1:00PM (EST)

Online Video Review:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-0gHvk7p5A 


Every field of science and engineering starts with measurements. ​To quote Siddhartha Mukherjee in The Emperor of All Maladies, "Science begins with counting. To understand a phenomenon, a scientist must first describe it; to describe it objectively, he must first measure it."​

Unfortunately, when working on supervised machine learning problems, modern data science experts rely more on computation (let's throw more GPUs at the problem) and guesswork (let's see if we can modify Alexnet for our specific problem) than on any kind of engineering measurements. This is because, until now, no one has developed an effective framework for measuring the information density (learnability) of the data sets that underlie all machine learning models.

​In this webinar, we will discuss an entirely new and different approach to supervised machine learning - one that is rooted in measurements. We will explain how this new approach (which is actually as old as science itself) can be used to solve difficult bioinformatics problems, many of which have previously been out of reach. We will explain the fundamentals of how measurements-based machine learning works, and also explore how the approach can be applied to solve real-world problems in bioinformatics & biostatistics. 

This measurements-based approach builds on the work of Claude Shannon, John Hopfield, and David MacKay. It incorporates techniques from statistical mechanics, information theory and computer science. The theory and practice of the approach is explained in this paper, and in this YouTube lecture, both of which would be helpful background material to absorb before joining the webinar.


Gerald Friedland (https://www.linkedin.com/in/geraldfriedland/)

Co-founder & CTO of Brainome Inc.

Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley

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