• A new Kaggle competition! Yelp Restaurant Photo Classification. From the article: In this competition, Yelp is challenging Kagglers to build a model that automatically tags restaurants with multiple labels using a dataset of user-submitted photos. Currently, restaurant labels are manually selected by Yelp users when they submit a review.

  • ggplot, one of the most useful R plotting libraries, just had its version 2.0.0 released.

  • From Wired, How Rogue Techies Armed the Predator, Almost Stopped 9/11, and Accidentally Invented Remote War, a quite detailed story on how the Predator drone was born.

  • A poster from last NIPS conference: A Model Explanation System. Or, as was nicely summarized here, Explainability is not a property of the model. As some that (until last week) used to do research in Neuroscience, applying machine learning models to medical imaging in order to extract useful information with potential clinical predictive applications, this is a topic of great interest to me.

  • With the end of the year almost here, lists of Best books of 2015 are starting to show up. Here's one devoted to data science.