Machine Learning Discussion Group Spring 2016

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The Machine Learning Discussion Group (MLDG) is an informal group for discussing the latest work in the field of Machine Learning. We usually discuss a paper from a recent conference (NIPS, ICML, etc) each meeting.

This term (Spring 2016) we are meeting on Wednesdays at 1:15pm in Gates 405.

Schedule of papers

Feel free to volunteer for any available week!

Date Discussion Leader Topic, Paper links
3 Feb 2016 Organizational Meeting
10 Feb 2016 James and Vlad Visualizing and Understanding Neural Models in NLP
17 Feb 2016 No MLDG
24 Feb 2016 Igor Tutorial on Probabilistic Inference, Sampling, ML estimates.
2 Mar 2016 Igor Tutorial on Variational Inference (Begins)
9 Mar 2016 Igor Tutorial on Variational Inference (Continued)
16 Mar 2016 No MLDG CS Visit Day
23 Mar 2016 Yu
30 Mar 2016 None Spring Break
6 Apr 2016 Nathan Explanations for ML. Email if you want a copy of the powerpoint.
13 Apr 2016 Ashudeep “Why Should I Trust You?” Explaining the Predictions of Any Classifier
20 Apr 2016 Dipendra Semantics (logic) versus vector/tensor representation for expressing semantics in NLP (paper 1 and 2)
27 Apr 2016 Arzoo
4 May 2016
11 May 2016 Last day of classes


Who attends the MLDG?

The group is mainly attended by graduate students. The organizers this term are Arzoo Katiyar and Moontae Lee. Suggestions for topics or papers to discuss may be sent to the mailing list and are always welcome.

How do I get involved?

Want to check out MLDG? Stop by any Wednesday. You can also sign yourself up for the mldg mailing list, You can join the list by sending an email with subject "join" (no quotes) to

Archive of previous MLDG pages