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Everything (almost) in the news dealing with: machine learning, data mining, text mining, genetic algorithms, reinforcement learning. You might also be interested in my blog where I at times comment on news or write other related machine learning things. You can also subscribe to the Newsticker feed:
|Date||Abstract||Link / Source|
|Mon Jun 30 2008||The Digital Doctor Will See You Now|
The data-mining industry makes millions selling our health information, claims data, prescriptions and genetic information to insurers, employers, ...
|Mon Jun 30 2008||New Technologies in Banking are Changing Work Habits|
The BI system might give some clues, but Artificial Intelligence isn't as good as the real kind. People have to analyze clues to separate warnings from ...
|Thu Jun 26 2008||FBI Data-Mining Slashed After G-Men Dis Congress|
Earlier today, a House appropriators voted to pull $11 million to expand a controversial FBI data-mining project, after the Bureau repeatedly stiff-armed ...
|Thu Jun 26 2008||Why the cloud cannot obscure the scientific method|
That mining extends beyond traditional biological data, too, as projects like WikiProteins are also drawing on text-mining of the electronic scientific ...
|Tue Jun 24 2008||CCTV cameras to be given 'ears'|
Researchers are working on artificial intelligence software that can recognise sounds such as breaking glass, shouting or crowds gathering, ...
|Mon Jun 23 2008||Whatever happened to artificial intelligence?|
In 1965, artificial intelligence innovator Herbert Simon said that "machines will be capable, within 20 years, of doing any work a man can do. ..."
|Mon Jun 23 2008||Winning the Lawsuit: Data Miners Dig for Dirt|
These days, the number of pages commonly involved in commercial litigation discovery has ballooned into the billions. Attorneys on the hunt for a smoking gun now want to see not just the final engineering plans but the emails, drafts, personal data files, and everything else ever produced in the lead-up to the finished product. ... hundreds of others now specialize in the scanning, indexing, and data-mining of discovery documents. (The industry got a boost ...
|Tue Jun 17 2008||Report: Feds need better privacy protection for data|
Much of the way personal information is handled today, including being sifted through data-mining systems that search for patterns, is not covered by the ...
|Wed Jun 4 2008||Rafal Lukawiecki- Data Mining and Business Intelligence for Enterprises|
In Data Mining and Business Intelligence for Enterprises, Rafal Lukawiecki aims to show IT Professionals how data mining can be used in IT infrastructure to support real business scenarios demystifying the perception that Data Mining is ...
|Fri May 30 2008||The unseen threat: insider attacks and how to stop them|
His research - Data Mining Tools for Fraud Detection - was designed to work on call data record logging systems and was conducted in alliance with software ...
|Thu May 29 2008||Computer trained to "read" mind images of words|
This might lead to better treatments for language disorders and learning disabilities, said Tom Mitchell of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Melon ...
|Thu May 22 2008||FDA to Mine Medicare and Insurer Data for Drug Problems|
The data mining should boost that odds that FDA can catch safety problems that would have gone unnoticed for years under the current system.
|Tue May 20 2008||The odds are stacked against us|
That means practically every person who is branded a terrorist by our data-mining efforts is innocent. In other words, in the effort to find the terrorist ...
|Sun May 18 2008||Researchers teach 'Second Life' avatar to think|
Edd is a creation of artificial intelligence, or AI, by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who endowed him with a limited ability to converse ...
|Sun May 18 2008||Navy's Monterey school is lab for terror war|
The school has become a major research facility with laboratories embedding artificial intelligence in aerial drones, building electromagnetic railguns that ...
|Thu May 15 2008||Play with a purpose|
The results can be used to develop better artificial-intelligence strategies. Squigl, a game in which players trace the outlines of objects in photographs, ...
|Mon May 12 2008||Two New Ways to Explore the Virtual Universe, in Vivid 3-D|
... astronomy has become digitized and data rich in recent years, making it an ideal proving ground for advanced computing techniques in data mining, ...
|Thu May 8 2008||Think Over Data's Value When Deciding What To Store|
The evolution of new data mining and data analysis tools are breathing life into old data for new-found business opportunities, says Short.
|Wed May 7 2008||Machine vision's eye on driving's future|
Sebastian Thrun, director of artificial intelligence for Stanford University, said machine vision will eventually transform our transportation system in ...
|Wed May 7 2008||Microsoft Sets Sights on Data Mining Dominance|
When it comes to data mining and predictive analytics, Microsoft Corp. ...
|Thu May 1 2008||Identity 'at risk' on Facebook|
... wrote an evil data mining application called Miner, which, if we wanted, could masquerade as a game, a test, or a joke of the day. ...
|Mon Apr 28 2008||A Google Prototype for a Precision Image Search|
Mr. Shah said there had been a number of technology demonstrations by Google Labs researchers, such as a project in 2005 that used machine learning ...
|Mon Apr 28 2008||Seeing the math behind traffic jams|
Like a good gambler, Daphne Koller, a researcher at Stanford whose work has led to advances in artificial intelligence, sees the world as a web of ...
|Mon Apr 28 2008||If you want a robot to react, test the brain|
"Claude is an expert in artificial intelligence and machine learning," Professor Lovell said. "He has developed algorithms that can allow the computer ... "The better understanding of how the brain works, and the advantages that will have in the clinical realm of psychiatry and neurology is one of the big areas, but the other major area is in the development of prosthetics and in robotic surgery. Having more information about how the brain works and the development of feedback technology will allow us to integrate that information in the development of artificial limbs and hands."
|Mon Apr 28 2008||Where Orwell got it wrong|
And the correlations, data mining and precise categorizing they can do is why the US government buys commercial data from them. Nineteen Eighty-Four-style ...
|Thu Apr 24 2008||Computer security Pain in the aaS|
There are now at least a dozen kinds of aaS, including data mining (DMaaS), virtualisation (VaaS) and even hardware (HaaS). Perhaps, as with the ...
|Tue Apr 22 2008||In Every Voter, A 'Microtarget'|
Find such people (by data-mining the information), craft a message that resonates with their particular bugaboos, contact them directly, and you may get ...
|Tue Apr 22 2008||Semantic video analysis: Finding the right picture|
... trying to bridge this "semantic gap" between what people can understand and what computers can manage.
|Tue Apr 22 2008||Data Mining Employee Email Contacts|
When you think about it, your contact list contains a tremendous amount of useful business information. If you need to find somebody at a certain company, don't you check both your contact list and your incoming emails for likely people ...
|Sun Apr 20 2008||New anti-terrorism rules 'allow US to spy on British motorists'|
They feared that it was a move towards the US-style system of "data mining" - in which powerful computers sifted millions of pieces of information as they ...
|Thu Apr 17 2008||Data Mining Prescribed To Ensure Drug Safety|
... "Safety Sentinel System" may help the FDA and drug makers identify medication safety problems much earlier by analyzing patient clinical and ...
|Wed Apr 16 2008||Microsoft looks to make product planning more science than art|
He joined Microsofts Natural and Interactive Services Division (NISD) to build a system that would map user activities to intent using machine-learning ...
|Wed Apr 16 2008||Web pages have 'come alive and started breeding'|
"Most of the examples of using genetic algorithms are about making something - and then showing the result for interaction. We want human creativity to be a ...
|Tue Apr 15 2008||Falling out of love with robots|
He also argues that there is no fundamental reason why a human couldn't fall in love with an artificial intelligence, and I think he's probably right about ...
|Tue Apr 15 2008||Making the Grade: Improving Student Performance with Data Mining|
The Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, achieved some of the best No Child Left Behind results in department history with data mining.
|Tue Apr 8 2008||Search data should be deleted after 6 months|
"These data can be subsequently used both for commercial purposes and [for] fishing operations and/or data mining by law enforcement authorities or national ...
|Mon Apr 7 2008||Artificial Intelligence is still the future|
...artificial intelligence, has made little progress since 1956, when he convened the first Dartmouth ...
|Sat Apr 5 2008||Computer system makes best sports bets|
Researchers have created a computer ranking system that consistently predicts US basketball rankings more accurately than polls of sportswriters, coaches, currently used formulas and computer models, and even the tournament seeds themselves. ... Dubbed the Logistic Regression Markov Chain, or LRMC, the new method is said to have proven itself by correctly picking all four of the 2008 finalists ...
|Thu Apr 3 2008||Unnatural language processing|
If the trend continues, text mining intelligence will also need a degree of "un-intelligence" -- trying to extract meaning from something that really didn't ...
|Thu Mar 20 2008||World of Warcraft Shines Light on Terror Tactics|
... rational or irrational -- gives scientists a ready-made virtual world to scrutinize that's not based on computer models or artificial intelligence.
|Wed Mar 19 2008||How To Make Smarter Software|
... He criticizes most artificial intelligence software as "custom, brittle and expensive to maintain." By contrast, "unsupervised learning [like Numenta] is a ...
|Mon Mar 17 2008||PayPal launches multi-pronged attack on e-crime|
To combat the phishing and the card-theft threats, PayPal has also introduced internally a machine learning-based system to "cover our own base and ...
|Mon Mar 17 2008||IBM's extracts data from customer service calls|
Instead of the regular practice of asking customers to rate the call centre's service, the new software takes a data mining approach, which aims to improve ...
|Sat Mar 15 2008||AI-Based Virtual Child Plays in Second Life|
Some well-meaning scientist-geeks create an artificial intelligence, and set it loose to see how it learns and behaves. Next thing we know, he's taken over ...
|Thu Mar 13 2008||Swarm robotics work hundreds of robots into one|
The multi-robot approach to artificial intelligence is a relatively new one, and has developed from studies of the swarm behaviour of insects such as ants.
|Wed Mar 12 2008||Data Mining Brings Down Governor Spitzer|
But how was he caught? The answer is that the complicated financial transactions he made in an attempt to disguise his spending on prostitutes were flagged by fraud detection software that banks now use routinely to detect money laundering and other financial crimes. In a news report on NPR this morning, reporter Adam Davidson interviewed a representative from Actimize, ...
|Mon Mar 10 2008||New Ways To Manage Health Data|
Many online PHR firms share information with data-mining companies, which then sell it to insurers and other interested parties...
|Mon Mar 10 2008||NSA data collection scrutinized more closely|
... known as the Total Information Awareness project, the National Security Agency's data mining has essentially reproduced the capabilities of the project.
|Mon Mar 10 2008||Educating the computer|
However, for a computer loaded with machine-learning technology, mastering a complex task after observing it just once might be possible.
|Wed Mar 5 2008||Psychologist Beating Math Nerds in Race to Netflix Prize|
"In 2006, he left his job at IBM to explore the idea of starting a PhD in machine learning, a field in which he has no formal training...
|Fri Feb 29 2008||Researchers Forecast Terrorist Behavior|
... counter-terror data mining is being used to suggest high-level strategies for dealing with major terrorist organizations.
|Thu Feb 28 2008||The Online Hunt for Terrorists|
That's why researchers from the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Arizona have developed a set of automated tools to collect and analyze ...
|Sat Feb 23 2008||Scraping, data mining and data harvesting|
|Sat Feb 23 2008||What Facebook Knows That You Don't|
Unlike newsfeeds and Beacon -- controversial features that broadcast users' activities to their friends -- data mining by Facebook, third-party advertisers ...
|Sat Feb 23 2008||US Spies Want to Find Terrorists in World of Warcraft|
The publicly available report -- which was mandated by Congress following earlier concerns over data-mining programs -- also mentions several other ...
|Wed Feb 13 2008||Source code to simulate people at a party|
Herself's Artificial Intelligence Source code to simulate people at a party I've covered a fair bit of simulations of people in news stories and recently read a chapter on people simulations...
|Mon Feb 11 2008||DARPA advances artificial intelligence program for air traffic control|
The Generalized Integrated Learning Architecture (GILA) system, developed by Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories under a $22 million, 48-month contract, is intended to help the Air Force in particular keep airspace operating safely with increased air traffic and the advent of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other airborne weapons.
|Wed Feb 6 2008||New Thoughts On Language Acquisition: Toddlers As Data Miners|
Young children are able to learn large groups of words rapidly by data-mining.
|Mon Jan 28 2008||From ranking blogs to predicting posture|
One part seeks to maximize reward, in this case detecting the most news in the least amount of time. Within the algorithm, that reward concept is captured by tallying the number of people who read a news item after it appears on a specific blog.
|Tue Jan 22 2008||Israel Eyes Thinking Machines to Fight 'Doomsday' Missile Strikes|
Israeli military leaders have begun early planning for a new, robotic defense system, armed with enough artificial intelligence that it "could take over ...
|Sun Jan 20 2008||AI learns to play Ms Pac Man|
Pac-Man, a new paper published in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research 30 details a very successful experiment in teaching an AI to play Ms Pac Man:. The researchers had agents play 50 games using different RL methods.
|Wed Jan 16 2008||Irish courts can demand data mining in electronic discovery|
Irish courts can order companies to undertake expensive data mining under electronic discovery rules, according to a ruling from the Irish Supreme Court.
|Mon Jan 14 2008||Analyzing the AI Bot Library from the Quake 3 Source Code|
In particular, each goal has a fuzzy activation value (which can be optimized using genetic algorithms). The stack is used to keep track of things to do, which allows the AI to solve simple puzzles and prioritize its behavior easily.
|Sun Jan 13 2008||Avoiding Plane Crashes By Crunching Numbers|
Outside experts and FAA officials say that such data mining is part of a new era in the industry, which is enjoying its safest stretch in history.
|Sun Jan 13 2008||Return of the Baathists|
Another feature getting front page play from the WP is an evergreen on the aviation industry's growing use of data mining in preventing plane crashes.
|Thu Jan 10 2008||Attack of the flirt-bots|
Wasn't artificial intelligence (AI) supposed to be more, well, ominous? Like the rogue Skynet system in Terminator, or Agent Smith in The Matrix. ... It's a "bot" or robot program called CyberLover, designed to dynamically interact with people through Internet chat rooms and dating Web sites.
|Tue Jan 8 2008||Business intelligence rejuvenates cancer research|
Given the basic nature of the intelligence collating and data mining that had been undertaken up to then, no major data merger and integration exercise was ...
|Mon Jan 7 2008||Court battle looms over drug act on data mining|
The practice, known as data mining, allows health care organizations to collect doctors' prescribing data to sell to drug companies and academic researchers ...
|Sat Jan 5 2008||Maine Data Mining Law Overturned|
In a ruling benefiting pharma, a federal judge has overturned a Maine law restricting pharmaceutical company access to physicians' prescribing information.
|Thu Jan 3 2008||Data mining for gold|
In the Internet age, it should only take a few clicks to see the grinding of federal government's gears. But though Web surfers can read old FBI files on ...
|Thu Jan 3 2008||Out-of-state unemployment scammers caught|
With the help of a high-tech data mining staff and an investigation into phone records, the state cracked down on a national ring of ...
|Thu Jan 3 2008||Managing Information for a Purpose|
There's a lot of data out there, but using it wisely is a challenge. In this Executive Briefing, we look at the theory and practice of data-driven decision making.
|Wed Jan 2 2008||Hospitals' action stops spread of infection|
Lisa McGiffert, director of Consumer Union's Stop Hospital Infections campaign, called data-mining programs "the wave of the future" but said they were no ...
|Thu Dec 20 2007||You will never be alone|
It was the justification for the invasion of Iraq, and for the process known as "data-mining" where tens of millions of phone call records are scoured, ...
|Fri Dec 14 2007||Make sense of unstructured data|
For example, Swiss cable operator Cablecom used data and text mining to analyse the free text responses of those customers in a survey that said they were ...
|Wed Dec 12 2007||House Republican targets Google on privacy grounds|
... expand Internet surveillance performed without a court order, and a requirement to disclose federal agencies' data-mining programs to the US Congress.
|Sun Dec 9 2007||Will You Buy? More Companies Turn To Predictive Analytics Software|
In informationweek's 2007 Salary Survey, data mining pros ranked as the second-highest-paid staff job, averaging $93000 in total pay, and data mining ...
|Sun Dec 9 2007||The Robots Among Us|
But such claims proved overblown and in that era AI became a joke, and sometimes a cruel one, as exemplified by HAL, the neurotic artificial intelligence in ...
|Sun Dec 9 2007||Scientists closing in on perfecting a robotic hand|
Scientists around the world are using artificial intelligence software to bring them a step closer to building what ...
|Tue Dec 4 2007||Can Facebook feed its ad brains?|
That's why Facebook--a company known for its young, fun culture--has been trying to hire more seasoned experts in so-called machine learning who can develop ...
|Fri Nov 30 2007||Facebook runs afoul of its users|
It's the data-mining, it would seem, that's more valuable. Whether her 743 "friends" know that Sarah bought "Enchanted" tickets isn't nearly as important as ...
|Tue Nov 27 2007||FBI Denies Falafel Data Mining, But CQ Stands By Story|
Earlier this month, the internet had a mighty fine chuckle at the FBI's expense after the Congressional Quarterly reported that tech-savvy G-Men had been data-mining Bay Area grocery store records in 2005 and 2006 for suspicious falafel ...
|Sun Nov 25 2007||An EEG-controlled robotic arm|
High-efficiency algorithms analyze these signals using machine-learning methods. They are capable of detecting changes in brain activity triggered by the ...
|Mon Nov 19 2007||Computer Scientists Use Data Mining To Advance Neuroinformatics|
Advances in sensing technologies have made exquisite measurements of brain activity possible in the past decade. Using these measurements, computer scientists will now help neuroscientists discover the ...
|Wed Nov 14 2007||Future phones will be spookily "aware"|
Artificial intelligence could soon find its way into our mobile phones, enabling them to act as a virtual personal assistants. Researchers at Palo Alto ...
|Mon Nov 12 2007||Attack of the Super Crunchers: Adventures in Data Mining|
Ian Ayres, Yale Law School professor, Forbes columnist, and data fanatic, has now written a book on data mining, Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers Is ...
|Sun Nov 11 2007||FBI Denies Data Mining Grocery Records|
The San Francisco bureau of the FBI emphatically denies that it searched through grocery store records in the Bay Area to identify Iranian operatives or terrorists, as was reported by Congressional Quarterly 's Jeff Stein and commented ...
|Wed Nov 7 2007||Whistleblower: AT&T Allows US to Spy on Internet Data|
NSA security clearance was allowed inside, but documents he obtained form AT&T showed that highly sophisticated data mining equipment was kept there.
|Wed Nov 7 2007||Predictive Analytics: Slow Adoption Despite Big Benefits|
"SPSS has also emphasized its capabilities for the text mining of unstructured content, a functionality that further enhances its ability to address CRM ...
|Wed Nov 7 2007||FBI Mined Grocery Store Records to Find Iranian Terrorists|
Bay Area FBI agents wanting to find Iranian secret agents data-mined grocery store records in 2005 and 2006, hoping that tahini purchases would lead them to domestic terrorists, according to Congressional Quarterly 's Jeff Stein.
|Sun Nov 4 2007||Don't bet on Vegas privacy|
Like nowhere else in the United States, Las Vegas has embraced the twin trends of data mining and high-tech surveillance, with arguably more cameras per square foot than any airport or sports arena in the country ... America's playground also at the forefront of surveillance, data-mining.
|Wed Oct 31 2007||Programming for Wholesale Surveillance and Data Mining|
They use high-tech data-mining algorithms to scan through the huge daily logs of every call made on the AT&T network; then they use sophisticated algorithms to analyze the connections between phone numbers: who is talking to whom?
|Wed Oct 31 2007||Pharma industry touts cure for data security ills|
Every security professional is intimately familiar with the Law of Unintended Consequences; sometimes it even works in their favor. Case in point? The data-protection advances that RxHub needed to build to protect their real-time ...
|Tue Oct 30 2007||AT&T Invents Programming Language for Mass Surveillance|
It even owns a patent on some of its data mining methods, issued to two of Hancock's creators in 2002. Programs written in Hancock work by analyzing data as ...
|Mon Oct 29 2007||Ghosts in the machine, spooks on the wire|
You're haunted these days by your own life, says Jon Espenschied, with every step you take recorded, categorized, aggregated and weighed -- and, too often, misinterpreted. Are we setting ourselves up for a perpetual house of horrors?
|Mon Oct 29 2007||The Semantic Web Goes Mainstream|
Spivack says that Twine leverages decades' worth of work done in esoteric research fields such as machine learning and natural-language processing.
|Wed Oct 24 2007||We have nothing to fear, except those who have something to sell|
data-mining businesses are not a model for civil society. The political promotion around such websites is often the old trick of taking a ...
|Sun Oct 21 2007||The future is here right now, if you can read the signs|
... somewhere between the years 2020 to 2035, artificial intelligence will equal human intelligence and by definition, it will then double it.
|Mon Oct 15 2007||Universal data retention specification demonstrated|
XAM essentially acts as a layer of abstraction between operating systems, various fixed content applications -- such as e-mail, file or database archiving products -- and the management software that accesses the fixed-content data so that users can retrieve that data no matter what application created it.
|Sun Oct 14 2007||Ex-Phone Chief Says NSA Sought Data Earlier|
... the agency initiated domestic surveillance and data mining programs to monitor Al Qaeda communications. But the documents unsealed Wednesday ...
|Sat Oct 13 2007||Sex and marriage with robots? It could happen|
... to legalize marriages with robots," artificial intelligence researcher David Levy at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands told LiveScience.
|Sat Oct 6 2007||Don't invent, evolve|
Among those revealed at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference held in London this summer were long-life USB memory sticks, superfast racing-yacht keels, ultra-high-bandwidth optical fibres, high performance Wi-Fi antennae (evolved to avoid patent fees), cochlear implants that can optimise themselves to individual patients and a cancer-biopsy analyser that was evolved to match a human pathologist's tumour-spotting skills.
|Fri Oct 5 2007||Artificial Intelligence In Retail Site Selection|
Leveraging AI helps untangle the complexity of the many variables influencing sales to give the best possible assessment of potential store performance. Companies that have made the shift toward combining statistics, GIS and AI for ...
|Thu Oct 4 2007||Soca to use data mining to fight fraud|
The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) is using data mining technology to identify the social networks and "trade routes" used by fraudsters who are ...
|Wed Oct 3 2007||Robot brain makes the same mistakes as humans|
behaviour - something that is easier to do in a computer program than a real brain - could help improve our understanding of artificial intelligence.
|Mon Oct 1 2007||Data mining unearths hidden talent|
There'sa certain kind of penetrating insight that comes from spending far too long in one industry. You can begin to predict trends before they arrive, ...
|Mon Oct 1 2007||Shaped How Machines Learn|
George Mason University professor whose research helped shape the field of machine learning, bringing computers ...
|Mon Oct 1 2007||Technology Could Enable Computers To 'Read The Minds' Of Users|
A $445000 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow the interdisciplinary team to incorporate real-time biomedical data with machine learning to ...
|Mon Oct 1 2007||USC student's computer program enlisted in security efforts at LAX|
"That things in our society run in very predictable ways, on the dot, on time, is being used against us," said Tambe, an expert in artificial intelligence ...
|Thu Sep 27 2007||Civil liberties: surveillance and privacy Learning to live with Big Brother|
The more data are collected and stored, the greater the potential for "data mining"--using mathematical formulas to sift through large sets of data to ...
|Wed Sep 26 2007||Ex-Agent Decries Dead End of Data Mining|
"But there never has been a study to show that data mining is effective. We have 300000 people on a national terrorist watch list. Less than 400 have been prosecuted and convicted. Some 87 percent of terrorism cases brought by the FBI are declined for prosecution."
|Tue Sep 25 2007||MySpace has data-mining plans|
Social networking site MySpace has launched an initiative to capture personal information from the profile pages and blogs of its 110 million active users, and then use that to target ads.
|Tue Sep 25 2007||How data miners hope to strike gold|
Or at least its foundations are, in the form of data mining: the extraction of insight from data gathered during the operation of things as varied as ...
|Sun Sep 23 2007||The Gradual Public Awareness of the Might of Algorithms|
It looks like computer scientists, especially those with machine learning training, are getting their day in the sun. From the NYT piece: 'It was the Internet that stripped the word of its innocence. Algorithms, as closely guarded as ...
|Sat Sep 22 2007||How To Mine All That Customer Data|
Data mining is the backbone of BI--it means sorting through company data and identifying and extracting valuable information about ...
|Tue Sep 18 2007||House committee chair wants info on cancelled DHS data mining programs|
Pointing to the ADVISE program, Thompson noted that the data mining tool could have helped DHS and law enforcement agencies sift through large volumes of ...
|Tue Sep 18 2007||MySpace: All your data belongs to us|
The New York Times reports that MySpace has launched a massive data mining operation, with 100 employees, to grab every piece of personal information it can ...
|Mon Sep 17 2007||Sneaking Behind Thief's AI: 14 Tricks to Steal for Your Game|
The artificial intelligence in stealth games has always had the edge over conventional action shooters. When you have actors that live for more than 7 seconds on average, you have more behavior-time to play with!
|Thu Sep 13 2007||Virtual worlds making artificial intelligence apps 'smarter'|
AI vendor is set to show how it will use humans in virtual worlds to update the capabilities of its software.
|Tue Sep 11 2007||Scientists Use the "Dark Web" to Snag Extremists and Terrorists Online|
Using advanced techniques such as Web spidering, link analysis, content analysis, authorship analysis, sentiment analysis and multimedia analysis, Chen and his team can find, catalogue and analyze extremist activities online.
|Mon Sep 10 2007||Everything Must Stay|
And "everything" is just what you need for an increasingly popular class of techniques called statistical machine learning, he says. As the name suggests, ...
|Mon Sep 10 2007||Coming to grips with intelligent machines|
In one, it's the point at which advances in artificial intelligence bring about self-improving machines that are smarter than humans.
|Mon Sep 10 2007||Rogue FBI Letters Hint at Phone Companies Own Data Mining Programs|
The Intelligence Community and academics have worked on data mining to figure out webs of connections between individuals for years. ... In short, the request for "communities of interest" suggests that there may be a collaborative, rather than question and answer, relationship between the telephone companies and the FBI.
|Sat Sep 8 2007||FBI Data Mining Went Beyond Targets|
The community of interest data sought by the FBI is central to a data-mining technique intelligence officials call "link analysis."
|Thu Sep 6 2007||Data Mining Improves Fraud Mitigation Efforts|
... moving rapidly toward adding text-mining capabilities and predictive modeling to the front end of its claims and fraud-fighting platforms, ...
|Wed Sep 5 2007||DHS Discontinues Anti-Terror Data-Mining Project|
A controversial data-mining project aimed at catching terrorists has been discontinued by the Homeland Security Department ...
|Mon Sep 3 2007||Computers can predict your pwnage|
So, it's hardly surprising that artificial intelligence has taken another leap forward. What is surprising though is that computers are now capable of predicting the future actions of players by measuring heart rates and skin conductance.
|Fri Aug 31 2007||Steve Omohundro: Building self-aware AI systems|
He is applying machine learning and theorem proving to the task, building systems with models of their own behavior. "With a detailed model, it will be able ...
|Thu Aug 30 2007||Spam: There's No Canning It|
Network operators and software firms are deploying ever-better filtering tools, using advanced machine learning and collaborative filtering (if others say ...
|Thu Aug 30 2007||3 data-mining firms sue state|
This trio of "data-mining" companies charge that Vermont's new law -- and a similar statute in Maine -- are unconstitutional violations of the First and ...
|Wed Aug 29 2007||Self Organizing Maps Take Control of Your Email|
The researchers have studied various supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques that could carry out the task, including support vector machines, decision tree learners, instance-based classifiers, ...
|Tue Aug 28 2007||Artificial brains for robots?|
"The SENSOPAC project will combine machine learning techniques and modelling of biological systems to develop a machine capable of abstracting cognitive ...
|Tue Aug 21 2007||Customer service gets human again|
There are many definitions of this term, but let me explain how one expert in artificial intelligence defines it. E-mail is not a robust technology solution ...
|Tue Aug 21 2007||Finding new diseases for known cures|
And with an artificial intelligence computer program he's creating, a Canadian researcher is honing in on that link. "By the time (an outbreak) occurs it's already too late to create a new drug from the ground up" ... He says there are untold numbers of drugs on the market that may have more than one pharmaceutical function. His program aims to identify those additional medical capabilities and match them up...
|Mon Aug 20 2007||DHS Data Mining Program Suspended After Evading Privacy Review|
A controversial Homeland Security data mining system called ADVISE that dreamed of searching through trillions of records culled from government, public and private databases analyzed personal information without the required privacy ...
|Wed Aug 15 2007||Data mining program near rock bottom|
A key data mining program at the Homeland Security Department is on the verge of cancellation if it does not succeed in winning more more support within the department ...
|Wed Aug 15 2007||Fraudbusters|
Michigan's IT department integrates data from multiple repositories into a single data warehouse, helping investigators identify $8.7 million in fraud last year.
|Tue Aug 14 2007||Was Ma Bell Playing Big Brother?|
A secret room packed with data-mining equipment. A "special job" commissioned by the government's spy agency. A technician who claims to have seen it all ...
|Fri Aug 10 2007||New flight screening program proposed|
... prescreening program, stripped of controversial data mining elements that had aroused privacy concerns and led Congress to block earlier versions.
|Fri Aug 10 2007||Police Data Mining Done Right|
It's nice to find an example of the police using data mining correctly: not as security theater, but more as a business-intelligence tool: When Munroe took over as chief two years ago, his department was drowning in crime and data.
|Thu Aug 9 2007||Ethics in a Virtual World|
Artificial Intelligence may turn out to be beyond our abilities as a species. But if we developed artificially intelligent machines, I suppose a whole new area of ethics would open up. How exactly should we treat these computer beings?
|Thu Aug 9 2007||Insurance Fraud Bureau's data-mining initiatives net fraudsters|
Data mining to expose insurance fraud networks has led to 74 arrests and a five-to-one return on investment in the Insurance Fraud Bureau's first year.
|Tue Aug 7 2007||Semi-Automated Negotiation for Divorces|
The following news item on an automated divorce negotiatior caught my eye. The technique they propose is simple:. The program, which is based on the game theory concepts developed by mathematician John Nash, separately asks the husband ...
|Wed Aug 1 2007||Robots with a sense of humor|
Now Julia Taylor and Lawrence Mazlack of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio have built a computer program or ?bot? that is able to get a specific type of joke - one whose crux is a simple pun. They say this budding cyber wit could lend a sense of humour to physical robots acting as human companions or helpers, which will need to be able to spot jokes if they are to be accepted and not just annoy people. The bot is also teasing apart why some people laugh at a joke, such as the one above, when most just groan.
|Wed Aug 1 2007||Loyalty programs: Mining for gold in a mountain of data Knowledge|
Of course the quality of the data and how it's used is key. Goul says that one of the challenges of getting value from such a program is to make sure that one is working with so-called "clean" data.
|Tue Jul 31 2007||Bayesian Judo|
I was once at a dinner party, trying to explain to a man what I did for a living, when he said: "I don't believe Artificial Intelligence is possible because only God can make a soul." At this point I must have been divinely inspired, ...
|Tue Jul 31 2007||Committee demanding details of NSA data-mining|
A House committee is requesting Justice Department documents on a data-mining project that identified the senders and recipients of ...
|Mon Jul 30 2007||Evolutionary algorithms now surpass human designers|
Proponents of EAs say they could replace traditional methods in many fields from designing exotic new types of optical fibre and USB memory sticks to more aesthetic computer-generated art. Critics argue that the technique may lead to designs that can't be properly evaluated since no human understands which trade-offs were made and therefore where failure is likely.
|Mon Jul 30 2007||A Peek into the Ad Measurement Crystal Ball|
The point is to focus heavy-lifting data researchers on problems posed and opportunities presented by the enormous amount of data generated by advertising.
|Mon Jul 30 2007||Data Mining Figured In Dispute Over NSA|
The agency's data mining was also linked to a dramatic chain of events in March 2004, including threats of resignation from senior Justice Department ...
|Thu Jul 26 2007||FBI asks Congress for phone record slush fund|
National Public Radio reported this week that the FBI has requested $5.3m from Congress to pay telecommunications companies for customer data, funding a massive database that would provide agents with convenient access to customer phone and email records.
|Thu Jul 26 2007||Social Network Spam|
They employed a straightforward machine learning approach using features that we mostly local to a profile. "We selected our features by thinking broadly about how people use MySpace. This includes information available on the user ...
|Wed Jul 25 2007||Humans narrowly beat computer in poker|
Scientists had billed the competition as a milestone for computer artificial intelligence, similar to the 1997 match in which a computer named Deep Blue ...
|Wed Jul 25 2007||Prescription mining raises millions for doctors' group|
A growing number of states have taken measures to end data mining because the AMA will not. Maine and Vermont recently passed legislation banning the sale ...
|Tue Jul 24 2007||NSA Data-Mining Domestic Call Records|
The NSA, with the help of the largest phone providers, has been data-mining and analyzing the phone records of nearly every American since 9/11 in hopes of detecting calling patterns indicative of terrorists ... Contents of the calls are not being monitored, as they are in the previously disclosed warrantless eavesdropping program that targets ...
|Tue Jul 24 2007||The Promise Of Data Warehousing Made Easy|
Is it possible to build a multi-terabyte data warehouse in less than an hour? ... requiring systems integration, data extraction and cleansing, query optimization, data mining algorithms, desktop analysis tools, and more.
|Mon Jul 23 2007||Organized crime infiltrates financial IT|
"All of these companies have been using data mining for years externally, but less than ten percent told us that they were using it internally to fight fraud, which doesn't make sense" ... "Less than 50 percent said they had any form of automation in place to fight fraud, which tells us, the majority have been using reactive processes or manual reporting to investigate suspected problems ...
|Sun Jul 22 2007||Clients first, products later|
Modern business is meant to be customer-centric. So should every small firm now be out shopping for CRM/software and data-mining tools?
|Sun Jul 22 2007||Alarm at US right to highly personal data|
The EU parliament said it was concerned the data would lead to 'a significant risk of massive profiling and data mining, which is incompatible with basic ...
|Sat Jul 21 2007||Getting support for data mining (and decision management)|
... focused first on the business objective - the decision you are trying to improve - and only then on the mechanics of data assembly, cleansing etc. His steps would work just as well when thinking about how to get support for decision management projects also and when ...
|Fri Jul 20 2007||Obtaining Management Support for Data Mining and BI|
Prior to beginning a data mining project, obtain management support. Complete the necessary steps, including: identify the targeted business problem or opportunity, ...
|Fri Jul 20 2007||Poker pros to challenge computer in mind-vs.-metal match|
"With poker, the key thing is unpredictability," said Jonathan Schaeffer, one of the lead artificial intelligence researchers on the Polaris project.
|Fri Jul 20 2007||Proposed FBI Data Center Sparks Privacy Fears|
Critics of the proposed program say this is an FBI data-mining program by another name. In its budget request, the FBI said it expected the new center would ...
|Thu Jul 19 2007||Scientists Solve Checkers|
Computer scientists at the University of Alberta have solved checkers, the popular board game with a history that dates back to 3,000 B.C. After 18-and-a-half years and sifting through 500 billion billion (a five followed by 20 zeroes) checkers positions, Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer and colleagues have built a checkers-playing computer program that cannot be beaten. Completed in late April this year, the program, Chinook, may be played to a draw but will never be defeated. ... "I think we've raised the bar--and raised it quite a bit--in terms of what can be achieved in computer technology and artificial intelligence,"
|Thu Jul 19 2007||Candidates spend heavily on voter lists|
"What we're doing is we are data-mining like we have never done before," said Cathy Allen, a Democratic political consultant in Seattle and a board member ...
|Mon Jul 16 2007||12 IT skills that employers can't say no to|
1) Machine learning As companies work to build software such as collaborative filtering, spam filtering and fraud-detection applications that seek patterns in jumbo-size data sets ... 9) Business intelligence systems Momentum is also building around business intelligence ...
|Mon Jul 16 2007||Google and the quest for personalization|
Google's Director of Research seems to suggest that our online search companion involves lot more AI (Artificial Intelligence), than meets the eye.
|Mon Jul 16 2007||US Details Some Data-Mining Programs, Hints at Others|
Justice Department and Homeland Security inspectors slid a broad range of government data-mining programs under a microscope last week in two reports to ...
|Thu Jul 12 2007||FBI data mining programs target more than just terrorists|
In a report to Congress this week, the Department of Justice said the FBI is using data mining programs to track everyone from potential terrorists to people who file fraudulent auto insurance claims.
|Thu Jul 12 2007||Arresting developments|
They are using what used to be called artificial intelligence and is now referred to as machine learning to explore the relationships between the two.
|Wed Jul 11 2007||FBI reveals its data-mining practices|
searched for common threads to aid law enforcement officials, the Justice Department said in a report to Congress on the agency's data-mining practices.
|Wed Jul 11 2007||ArtificiaI intelligence a benefit rather than threat|
Artificial intelligence (AI) is proving to be a highly effective recruitment tool, with the technology demonstrating that it can bring cost and efficiency ...
|Wed Jul 11 2007||FBI computer-profiling system would sift data for terror threats|
The use of data mining in the war on terror has sparked criticism. An airplane-passenger screening program called CAPPS II was revamped and renamed because ...
|Tue Jul 10 2007||FBI Plans Initiative To Profile Terrorists|
The Federal Bureau of Investigations is developing a computer-profiling system that would enable investigators to target possible terror suspects, according to a Justice Department report submitted to Congress yesterday. The System to Assess Risk, or STAR, assigns risk scores to possible suspects based on a variety of information ...
|Mon Jul 9 2007||Human touch beats looking back|
Moss says a basic fact of life with data mining is that it tries to model financial markets by always looking backwards.
|Sun Jul 8 2007||Genetic Engineers Who Don't Just Tinker|
"Biology will never be the same," Thomas F. Knight of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory wrote recently in describing the new ...
|Thu Jul 5 2007||Alex Gage & Microtargetting: "Putting A Very Fine Point on the obvious"|
Microtargeting pollsters like Gage combine the same techniques they have been using for years to identify persuadable voters on surveys with data mining software that facilitates the analysis of those "thousands" of commercial data ...
|Tue Jul 3 2007||Researchers Use Data Mining To Find Possible Rare Side Effects of Prescription Drugs|
Wall Street Journal on Wednesday examined prescription drug data mining, a process by which sophisticated software enables health officials to search ...
|Tue Jul 3 2007||'This Is at Least a Signal'|
Data mining is just a tool that's used to screen a huge amount of data. It doesn't remove the need for very careful judgment. Just because you come up with ...
|Tue Jul 3 2007||Search Engine Optimization (SEO) & Data Mining|
I posted about the power of Data Mining when analyzing your blog's traffic and how to maximize your Google Adword advertising relative to your Adsense earnings, but I forgot to mention one critical thing!
|Tue Jul 3 2007||EU, US passenger data sharing deal under scrutiny|
Eyeing the agreement between the European Union and US to share air-passenger data, the leader of the European Parliament's civil liberties committee pledged Tuesday to ensure that the deal was respectful of citizens' civil liberties.
|Mon Jul 2 2007||The Future Of Cruising: Botox And Data Mining|
Cruise lines are also exploring the data mining opportunities made possible by tying all shipboard purchases to a single stateroom key.
|Thu Jun 28 2007||Risks of Data Reuse|
Contrary to decades of denials, the U.S. Census Bureau used individual records to round up Japanese-Americans during World War II. The Census Bureau normally is prohibited by law from revealing data that could be linked to specific individuals ... Understanding error rates and how they propagate is vital when evaluating any system that reuses data, especially for law enforcement purposes.
|Wed Jun 27 2007||Maine Governor to Sign Bill Banning Data Mining|
The state of Maine will soon the join the ranks of those banning the sale of prescription drug information to pharma companies, which use it to help pitch their products to physicians.
|Wed Jun 27 2007||Xerox launches intelligent search engine|
Researchers have developed an intelligent text-mining tool which is tuned to the way humans think, speak and ask questions.
|Fri Jun 22 2007||Five Workers Trapped in Data Mining Accident|
"These guys were working on a dangerous area of demographics, so there's not telling what set off the collapse. It could've been anything, from a rogue statistical model to a Nerf-gun battle," said Thomas Thompson, a partner in the firm.
|Fri Jun 22 2007||Neural Network Creates Music CD|
Computers have composed music before, but those efforts were little more than high-tech mixed tapes. Most computer composers have been taught rules of music through extensive programming or by breaking down works of human musicians and creating new pieces from the parts.
|Fri Jun 22 2007||Be vigilant about data mining|
Recently my daughter's elementary school brought in a community organization to conduct a health survey on our children. ... In this case, we had the opportunity to have a cholesterol analysis performed on our daughter without paying a high deductible or lab fees. But do we really know who gets our children's information and what is being done with it?
|Fri Jun 22 2007||Direct Marketing Meets Wholesale Surveillance|
... to align parcel data with the high resolution imagery to identify the exact address and boundaries of a property, and second to develop feature extraction techniques that can exploit the contextual information to accurately identify novel features, such as roofs, cars, pools, landscaping, etc., that can be used for direct marketing.
|Fri Jun 22 2007||Teachers pick up on data mining|
Cutting edge schools are starting to open up their management information systems so staff can get immediate access to unique pupil data and give a fresh fresh meaning to performance monitoring.
|Mon Jun 18 2007||AI behind smart car wheels|
Scientists at the University of Portsmouth, UK, have developed an artificial intelligence system to build the world's first thinking car wheel.
|Sun Jun 17 2007||Game designers test the limits of artificial intelligence|
A lot of the most interesting work in artificial intelligence is being done by game developers
|Sat Jun 16 2007||It Confidential: Google Vs. The FBI: Who's Got More Right To Data?|
I might console myself with the idea that the FBI will never get its huge data mining operation built. It would represent a big waste of my tax dollars, ...
|Fri Jun 15 2007||Is DHS Privacy Chief Writing Checks US Data Mining Won't Honor?|
Homeland Security's chief privacy officer Hugo Teufel III told reporters in Paris that the US will soften its stance on some portions of a contentious agreement about airline passenger data send to DHS.
|Fri Jun 15 2007||Stanford robot passes driving test|
Now comes the hard part: a race on mock city streets that will raise the bar for artificial intelligence in the 21st century. A team of officials from the ...
|Thu Jun 14 2007||What Data Mining Can and Can't Do|
... Another question that's really important isn't which bucket people fall into, but when will things occur? How long will it be until this prospect becomes a customer? How long until this customer makes the next purchase? So many of the questions we ask have a longitudinal nature, and I think in that area data mining is quite weak. Data mining is good at saying, will it happen or not, but it's not particularly good at saying when things will happen. ...
|Mon Jun 11 2007||Google's Data Mining Reveals Web Server Security Trends|
Google recently launched its Online Security Blog, in which new information reveals which server platforms host the most malware, including drive-by ...
|Sun Jun 10 2007||Ai behind virtual Van Gogh|
Green took programming capability one-step further by producing thousands of images using a set color scheme and style from multiple images simultaneously created on multiple machines.
|Fri Jun 8 2007||Can IT Redeem Politics Gone Wrong?|
I heard this theme in 2003 when Richard Perle, former assistant secretary of defense, spoke at a Capital Hill program on data mining.
|Wed Jun 6 2007||Artificial Imagination Liberates Robots From Original Programming|
An outgrowth of evolutionary-style programming, where software re-writes itself to adapt to problems it faces, the approach starts with robots acting like children, acquiring elemental skills and learning from its environment.
|Tue Jun 5 2007||Cathedrals, Bazaars, Crowds, Ignorance and Predictive Analytics|
As I said once before (in Hits and Niches), predictive analytics take the past behavior of all customers and uses it to infer the likely future behavior of a specific customer. This is akin to what is sometimes called the "wisdom of crowds" and, at some level, to the idea of a bazaar. ...
|Tue Jun 5 2007||Computer Science Thesis Helps Train Firefighters|
A former Viterbi School computer science graduate student now has his PhD, and this thesis project continues in development as a way to train firefighters and other responders to fight conflagrations.
|Sun Jun 3 2007||Netflix Prize Still Awaits a Movie Seer|
About 18000 teams from more than 150 countries -- using ideas from machine learning, neural networks, collaborative filtering and data mining...
|Fri Jun 1 2007||Spammers establishing use of artificial intelligence|
Just when experts thought the spam tide was receding, it did what tides will do. The problem's worse than ever, and image-based attacks using artificial intelligence are to blame.
|Wed May 30 2007||Commercial Productivity: Using Statistical Analysis to Drive Sales|
Instead, companies should delve into their own workings using the concept of commercial productivity (CP). This new approach to improving revenue performance relies on statistical analysis of detailed ...
|Wed May 30 2007||County weighs data mining to spot fraud|
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to study the use of "data mining" technologies to target fraud in all ...
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