Social Simulation 2018 in Stockholm

Last week we attended the Social Simulation conference in Stockholm. It was the 14th annual event organised by the European Social Simulation Association that work to promote social simulation and computational social science. The theme of this year's conference was: looking in the mirror; reflecting on a growing field and community. There were about 120 …
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PyData London 2017: Forecasting social inequality using agent-based modelling

James gave a brilliant talk about forecasting social inequality using ABM at the recent PyData London 2017 conference. You can check out the video here and the slides here. The abstract: "How can we assess the future impact of changes to government policy? One tool that is gaining in popularity is agent-based modelling, in which a population …
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NIPS 2016: Deep Reinforcement Learning

Last week, the 29th conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) was held in Barcelona. Attendance has swelled in recently years, this year 6000 attendees, following breakthroughs in applying deep neural networks in industry and academia. Our primary interest for attending was to absorb the latest research coming out of the deep reinforcement learning community. On …
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Should you leave your house to your grandchildren?

Last week, housing minister Gavin Barwell suggested that people should leave their houses to their grandchildren when they die, rather than their children. The reasoning is straightforward: young people are much less likely to own a property than their parents were at the same age, so the inheritance of a lump sum will help them get …
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Strata+Hadoop London 2016

Last week we spoke at the Strata+Hadoop London conference held at the ExCel centre. We presented as part of the new Data 101 track held on Wednesday that intended to introduce the principles of data architecture and doing data science. Our talk was on doing data science for strategic business problems. We spoke about issues with …
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TensorFlow Meetup (21/03)

Last night we attended, and really enjoyed, the first TensorFlow (TF) London meetup hosted at Twitter. TensorFlow is Google's 2nd generation open source machine learning framework. To find out about TensorFlow checkout the website or read the whitepaper. First up Rebecca Murphy, a Data Scientist at Ocado Technology, gave an overview of TensorFlow. Rebecca showed how …
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