[ml] ML 11/28 @ 7:00pm: Sampling in Python and Ising Models

Mike Schachter mike at mindmech.com
Wed Nov 23 22:05:06 UTC 2011

Oh, also, the meetup is in the Church room.

On Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 2:03 PM, Mike Schachter <mike at mindmech.com> wrote:
> Hey there,
> On Monday evening at 7:00pm *sharp* (note the time!) I'd like
> to present a short workshop on sampling from probability
> distributions in Python. We'll cover the very basic stuff,
> like generating random numbers and plotting their histograms
> using matplotlib.
> Then we'll step it up a bit and talk about Gibb's sampling for
> a fun thing called an Ising model:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ising_model
> We'll talk about how to sample from an Ising model and
> potentially generate really cool correlated TV noise images.
> Also, the restricted boltzmann machine is a type of Ising
> model that's used for deep belief nets, so learning how to
> do Gibb's sampling for an Ising model would be quite
> helpful for anyone interested in deep nets.
> Before you show up, please have the following Python
> packages installed:
> Numpy
> Scipy
> NetworkX
> Matplotlib
> See you then! Since the HTML/CSS/Javascript people are
> going to meet up around 8pm, I'm hoping we can run through
> things somewhat quickly and not interfere much with their stuff.
>  mike

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