Archive for the 'data science' Category

In this episode I speak with Filip Piekniewski about some of the most worth noting findings in AI and machine learning in 2019. As a matter of fact, the entire field of AI has been inflated by hype and claims that are hard to believe. A lot of the promises made a few years ago have revealed quite hard to achieve, if not impossible. Let's stay grounded and realistic on the potential of this amazing field of research, not to bring disillusion in the near future.

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In this episode I make a non exhaustive list of machine learning tools and frameworks, written in Rust. Not all of them are mature enough for production environments. I believe that community effort can change this very quickly.

To make a comparison with the Python ecosystem I will cover frameworks for linear algebra (numpy), dataframes (pandas), off-the-shelf machine learning (scikit-learn), deep learning (tensorflow) and reinforcement learning (openAI).

Rust is the language of the future.
Happy coding!


  1. BLAS linear algebra
  2. Rust dataframe
  3. Rustlearn
  4. Rusty machine
  5. Tensorflow bindings
  6. Juice (machine learning for hackers)
  7. Rust reinforcement learning

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In the 3rd episode of Rust and machine learning I speak with Alec Mocatta.
Alec is a +20 year experience professional programmer who has been spending time at the interception of distributed systems and data analytics. He's the founder of two startups in the distributed system space and author of Amadeus, an open-source framework that encourages you to write clean and reusable code that works, regardless of data scale, locally or distributed across a cluster.

Only for June 24th, LDN *Virtual* Talks June 2020 with Bippit (Alec speaking about Amadeus)


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In the second episode of Rust and Machine learning I am speaking with Luca Palmieri, who has been spending a large part of his career at the interception of machine learning and data engineering.
In addition, Luca contributed to several projects closer to the machine learning community using the Rust programming language. Linfa is an ambitious project that definitely deserves the attention of the data science community (and it's written in Rust, with Python bindings! How cool??!).



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This is the first episode of a series about the Rust programming language and the role it can play in the machine learning field.

Rust is one of the most beautiful languages I have ever studied so far. I personally come from the C programming language, though for professional activities in machine learning I had to switch to the loved and hated Python language.

This episode is clearly not providing you with an exhaustive list of the benefits of Rust, nor its capabilities. For this you can check the references and start getting familiar with what I think it's going to be the language of the next 20 years.



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In this episode I have a chat with Sandeep Pandya, CEO at a company that uses sensor fusion, computer vision and more to provide safer working environments to workers in heavy industry.
Sandeep is a senior executive who can hide the complexity of the topic with great talent.


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Codiv-19 is an emergency. True. Let's just not prepare for another emergency about privacy violation when this one is over.


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Whenever people reason about probability of events, they have the tendency to consider average values between two extremes. 
In this episode I explain why such a way of approximating is wrong and dangerous, with a numerical example.

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In this episode I briefly explain the concept behind activation functions in deep learning. One of the most widely used activation function is the rectified linear unit (ReLU). 
While there are several flavors of ReLU in the literature, in this episode I speak about a very interesting approach that keeps computational complexity low while improving performance quite consistently.

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Dynamic ReLU

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One of the best features of neural networks and machine learning models is to memorize patterns from training data and apply those to unseen observations. That's where the magic is. 
However, there are scenarios in which the same machine learning models learn patterns so well such that they can disclose some of the data they have been trained on. This phenomenon goes under the name of unintended memorization and it is extremely dangerous.

Think about a language generator that discloses the passwords, the credit card numbers and the social security numbers of the records it has been trained on. Or more generally, think about a synthetic data generator that can disclose the training data it is trying to protect. 

In this episode I explain why unintended memorization is a real problem in machine learning. Except for differentially private training there is no other way to mitigate such a problem in realistic conditions.
At Pryml we are very aware of this. Which is why we have been developing a synthetic data generation technology that is not affected by such an issue.


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The Secret Sharer: Evaluating and Testing Unintended Memorization in Neural Networks

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In this episode I explain a very effective technique that allows one to infer the membership of any record at hand to the (private) training dataset used to train the target model. The effectiveness of such technique is due to the fact that it works on black-box models of which there is no access to the data used for training, nor model parameters and hyperparameters. Such a scenario is very realistic and typical of machine learning as a service APIs. 

This episode is supported by, a platform I am personally working on that enables data sharing without giving up confidentiality. 


As promised below is the schema of the attack explained in the episode.




Membership Inference Attacks Against Machine Learning Models



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Masking, obfuscating, stripping, shuffling. 
All the above techniques try to do one simple thing: keeping the data private while sharing it with third parties. Unfortunately, they are not the silver bullet to confidentiality. 

All the players in the synthetic data space rely on simplistic techniques that are not secure, might not be compliant and risky for production.
At pryml we do things differently. 

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There are very good reasons why a financial institution should never share their data. Actually, they should never even move their data. Ever.
In this episode I explain you why.



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Building reproducible models is essential for all those scenarios in which the lead developer is collaborating with other team members. Reproducibility in machine learning shall not be an art, rather it should be achieved via a methodical approach. 
In this episode I give a few suggestions about how to make your ML models reproducible and keep your workflow as smooth.

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Data science and data engineering are usually two different departments in organisations. Bridging the gap between the two is essential to success. Many times the brilliant applications created by data scientists don't find a match in production, just because they are not production-ready.

In this episode I have a talk with Daan Gerits, co-founder and CTO at


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