Machine Learning artwork

Today I tried out a great site to generate tag clouds, it is called wordle.net. I rendered some images just by copy-pasting the text from wikipedia about machine learning.

The results were pretty cool and I guess one could print awesome t-shirts with them. What do you say?

One could also use them as wallpapers:

Update [2013] : due to an issue migrating images from blogspot, I kept only two images here.

ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award 2008

The 2008 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award was awarded to Corinna Cortes and Vladimir Vapnikfor the development of Support Vector Machines, a highly effective algorithm for classification and related machine learning problems“.

It’s not the first time this award is given to Machine Learning people. In 2004 it was awarded to Yoav Freund and Robert Schapirefor the development of the theory and practice of boosting and its applications to machine learning.”

I found a bit weird that they left Bernhard Boser and Isabelle Guyon out of the prize, because they were Vapnik’s co-authors in the 1992 paper “A training algorithm for optimal margin classifiers“, which I guess is considered to be the first paper on Support Vector Machines…

Anyway, congratulation to the winners. These are indeed elegant algorithms with sound theoretical foundations and numerous sucessful applications to vision, speech, natural language and robotics, to name just a few.

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Thanks to my cousin Rui for the link to this news.

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Related post:

Vapnik’s picture explained.