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Colloquium - Norvig

MATH 100

Theorizing from Data: Avoiding the Capital Mistake
Google, Inc.
Peter Norvig photo

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's words from 1891 remain true today. Researchers in computational linguistics and information retrieval now have a million times more data than was available 30 years ago. This talk explores what this data can do for problems in language understanding, translation, information extraction, and inference, and extrapolates to what more data may bring in the future.

Peter Norvig is the Director of Research at Google Inc, where he has been since 2001. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field. Previously he was head of Computational Sciences at NASA and a faculty member at USC and Berkeley.

Food will be provided.

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Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact Stephanie Morris at least five days prior to the colloquium.

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