Google Fonts: 915 free font families

Looking for a custom typeface to use in your data visualizations? Google Fonts is an awesome databank of nearly a thousands font families you can access, download, and use for free. If you’re into design, the website includes a blog featuring articles on font design. Google Fonts among others provided the font for my dissertation…

Privacy, Compliance, and Ethical Issues with Predictive People Analytics

November 9th 2018, I defended my dissertation on data-driven human resource management, which you can read and download via this link. On page 149, I discuss several of the issues we face when implementing machine learning and analytics within an HRM context. For the references and more detailed background information, please consult the full dissertation. More interesting reads on ethics in machine learning can be found here….

Machine Learning and AI courses at Google

Google has announced to provide open access to its artificial intelligence and machine learning courses. On their overview page, you will find many educational resources from machine learning experts at Google. They announced to share AI and machine learning lessons, tutorials and hands-on exercises for people at all experience levels. Simply filter through the resources and…

Super Resolution: Increasing image quality CSI-like

Super-resolution imaging is a class of techniques that enhance the resolution of an imaging system (Wikipedia). The entertainment series CSI has been ridiculed for relying on exaggerated and unrealistic applications of it: Until recently, such upscaling of images were though near impossible. However, we have evidenced some pretty amazing breakthroughs in the deep learning space recently. Artificial Intelligence can think ahead, learn physics, and…

Video: Bias in Machine Learning

Mainstream media have caught onto the difficulties of machine learning. Most saliently, they just love to report how AI and bots can be as racist, discriminatory, or biased as humans. Some examples: Microsoft’s racist Twitter bot (Verge, 2016) Gender-biased text mining AI (Guardian, 2017) Racist criminal profiling bot (ProPublica, 2016) Google’s Sentiment Analyzer Thinks Being…

t-SNE, the Ultimate Drum Machine and more

This blog explains t-Distributed Stochastic Neighbor Embedding (t-SNE) by a story of programmers joining forces with musicians to create the ultimate drum machine (if you are here just for the fun, you may start playing right away). Kyle McDonald, Manny Tan, and Yotam Mann experienced difficulties in pinpointing to what extent sounds are similar (ding, dong)…

Geographical maps using Shazam Recognitions

Shazam is a mobile app that can be asked to identify a song by making it “listen”’ to a piece of music. Due to its immense popularity, the organization’s name quickly turned into a verb used in regular conversation (“Do you know this song? Let’s Shazam it.“). A successful identification is referred to as a Shazam recognition. Shazam users can opt-in…

Google Facets: Interactive Visualization for Everybody

Last week, Google released Facets, their new, open source visualization tool. Facets consists of two interfaces that allow users to investigate their data at different levels. Facets Overview provides users with a quick understanding of the distribution of values across the variables in their dataset. Overview is especially helpful in detecting unexpected values, missing values, unbalanced…