Demystifying machine learning

first_imgIn 1959, Arthur Samuel defined machine learning as a “field of study that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.” No, wait – Did I just type “1959?”  Yes, true!Machine learning, which is a branch of artificial intelligence (AI), has been around a while, but the technology has made enormous strides since 1959.  The ability to learn without explicitly being programmed sounds like a mantra taken from a child-rearing manual from the 1950s. However, this concept has even greater potential today when we apply the technology to fraud prevention.Machine learning will still require the presence of humans to calibrate and confirm fraud, and to assist the model in learning from historical data.  But the promise of a faster and more accurate solution for fraud prevention has CO-OP very excited about the possibilities – which is why our company is becoming an early adopter of this technology. continue reading » 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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How taxpayers are cheating themselves

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWBKB spoke with certified public accountant Bernie Lamp, Straley Lamp and Kraezlein, on what taxpayers should do prior to filing for this year’s income tax returns.He said the first step is gathering all the necessary statements. For example, w-2 and 10-99 forms. In the same breath, Lamp said taxpayers are losing money in the bank by cutting themselves short.“One of the mistakes perhaps is not considering all the deductions they might be entitled to,” Lamp said. He also said there’s a lot of opportunity for business owners in particular.  “They can use the actual deductions of using a business vehicle versus [using] the IRS…standard mileage rate.”He said this could be more beneficial for taxpayers. Another example is contributing to individual retirement accounts. These accounts are deductible according to the CPA.Lamp said taxpayers are allowed to take a donation for the reasonable value of items they donate sent to thrift stores such as the ones in town.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: income tax, irs, losing money, savingsContinue ReadingPrevious Lakewood home fire classified as ‘accident’Next Field trips known to boost in-school successlast_img read more

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BiH Basketball Team Starts Today Preparations for the Eurobasket

first_imgSenior national basketball team of BiH will gather today in Sarajevo to start preparing for the European Championship in Slovenia, which will be held in September.Selector of the national team of BiH Aleksandar Petrović invited 16 players for preparations: Zackary Wright, Muhamed Pašalić, Filip Adamović, Nihad Đedovic, Nemanja Gordić, Marko Šutalo, Ante Mašić, Dalibor Peršić, Adin Vrabac, Mirza Teletović, Edin Bavčić, Miralem Halilović, Nedžad Sinanović , Elmedin Kikanović, Andrija Stipanović, Jusuf Nurkić.Petrović expects to have all invited players, except Zach Wright and captain Mirza Teletović who will join the team later.The first part of the preparation will be carried out in Sarajevo, and after seven days they will go to Slovenia, where they will work on fitness and tactics. After that, they will return to Sarajevo where they will stay for three or four days, and then in Slovenia, they will play against Slovenia, Georgia and Russia.‘’Impact of the seven-part preparations consists of two tournaments in Germany and Greece, where they will play six games’’ said the coach Petrović for Fena.In Germany BiH national team will play against a local team, against Greece and Macedonia, while during “Akropolis tournament” in Athens they will play against Italy, Greece and Latvia.European Championship in Slovenia will be held from 4th to 22th September 2013. Players of BiH will play in Jesenice in the B-group with Macedonia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Latvia and Serbia. (Source:Fena)last_img read more

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Seattle wears the villain’s hat for SB

first_imgSeattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, left, laughs along side teammate Michael Robinson as the participate in a media availability Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Down at the end of a hotel hallway, about 50 people gathered along with a dozen television cameras to record the thoughts of a running back who doesn’t much like the idea of sharing his thoughts.Marshawn Lynch was in true Beast Mode, though he surely couldn’t appreciate the irony he was actually helping fuel the insatiable beast that is the media surrounding the Super Bowl at a time the game was in need of another good story line.“I’m here, man,” Lynch said. “So, I don’t have to pay the fine, boss.”Lynch likely succeeded in that mission, escaping the wrath of the NFL for not speaking with the media. But the image of him glaring out from beneath a hat and hoodie, gold headphones on top of his head, may be one that sticks this week with the Seattle Seahawks, just as sure as Richard Sherman’s postgame rant did the week before.They’re the designated bad guys in this Super Bowl. And they seem to be enjoying the role.“What is there to get?” asked receiver Doug Baldwin. “He doesn’t like talking to the media.”Worse crimes have been committed, of course, and there are more than enough other players on the Seahawks to fill the void. Sherman himself has emerged as a loquacious spokesman for the team, showing a great depth of thought while answering all questions that have come his way.But a team built behind a ferocious defense by a coach who left the college ranks under a cloud has some rough edges around it. Chief among them is the suspension of seven Seattle players for substance-abuse or performance-enhancing drugs violations by the NFL since 2011.Matched up against Peyton Manning’s great season and his quest for a second Super Bowl ring late in his career, and it’s easy enough to paint the Seahawks in the role of villain.“We don’t worry about reputations and things like that,” said Sherman, who himself was suspended by the league last season for PEDs before winning an appeal. “We worry about football and we have a tremendous football team that goes out there and executes week in and week out. At the end of the day this is the NFL and that’s all that matters.”At the end of the day, the Seahawks are in the Super Bowl, too, which is all that matters to any NFL team. They’ve also got a bit of a different take on the teammates they spend most waking hours with than the media that gets a glimpse just here and there of their varied personalities.That showed with their spirited defense of Sherman in the wake of his tirade against Michael Crabtree following the spectacular play that beat the San Francisco 49ers and put the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. And they were more than happy to line up in support of Lynch’s right to do whatever he wants leading up to the big game.“He’s a misunderstood person, a great guy off the field,” linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “He’s been through a lot in his life and sometimes the media puts words in your mouth and makes a guy mad. He’s not the person you want to make mad.”Still, it was telling that the first two questions to coach Pete Carroll at his Wednesday press conference weren’t about how to defend Manning or stop the touchdown scoring machine that is the Denver Broncos. Instead, they were about Lynch’s refusal to talk and the perception that the vaunted Seattle defense was built on the backs of players taking banned PEDs.Carroll’s answers often meander on any topic, and this one was no different. He talked about how his team is young but is learning from its mistakes and that he doesn’t mind allowing them to be individuals as long as they stay within the team concept.He said the coaching staff has constantly preached the message of having to play clean, despite the suspension as recently as last month by cornerback Brandon Browner for substance abuse and cornerback Walter Thurmond in late November for the same thing.“I’m not concerned about the message,” Carroll said. “We would like to do right and get better, so we’re trying to improve and learn from everything that comes along.”What comes along next is the biggest game any of the Seahawks have ever played. Much has been made of the fact it’s the first Super Bowl any of them will play in, and they’ve made much of their intention to play it as physical as any game they’ve ever played.Odds are they’ll deliver on that promise, though that’s no guarantee of success against Manning and Denver’s precision offense. Seattle isn’t likely to win a shootout, but most handicappers like the Seahawks to win their first Super Bowl trophy if the defense plays like it has all season and Lynch runs the ball effectively.If that happens, all the talk about bad behavior will suddenly go away.And chances are Lynch might even have something to say about that.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister absolutely steamrollers ‘dear Virgil’ on social media after Liverpool star’s Ballon…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Instagram(@katiaaveirooficial)/GettyAdvertisement b7l2hyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs715yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E380pib( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 37pkya5Would you ever consider trying this?😱1mCan your students do this? 🌚6wiziuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Cristiano Ronaldo did not attend last night’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris. Coming in third, the one footballer separating him with the winner Lionel Messi is Virgil van Dijk, who’s cocky remarks towards the Juventus talisman has cut him alot of slack from Ronaldo’s fans. However, the one person who has basically called upon a war on the Liverpool FC defender is Ronaldo’s own sister, Katia Aveiro.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@katiaaveirooficial)/GettyAs reporters asked him about Ronaldo’s whereabouts from the event, the Dutch defender said with a light poke at the Portuguese: “Why? Was he a candidate?”Now this has fired up Katia, who has used the power of social media to form a befitting reply to the 2018-19 UEFA champions League winner.Advertisement Katia, who is a singer by profession, wrote on her official Instagram @katiaaveirooficial on van Dijk’s remark on her beloved brother, reminding the Anfield star about Ronaldo’s monumental career achievements.The 43 year old wrote:Advertisement “Now, dear Virgil, where you are going, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone and has come a thousand times. ““You see, my dear Virgil, that Cristiano Ronaldo was a tri-champion in the country where you have been playing for years and you still haven’t got your hand on the trophy.” Ronaldo won three Premier League titles under Sir Alex before departing for the Spanish capital in 2009, six years before van Dijk set foot on England.“Cristiano Ronaldo was even the best player and best scorer in the country where you play Virgil. By the way, he was even younger than you.”“Then, dear Virgil, Cristiano Ronaldo went to other places and became the greatest player in the history of a club, Real Madrid. Tell you something Virgil? Maybe so, because this club, with this Cristiano guy, even beat you in the Champions League final.”She mentioned the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League final, when Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Advertisementlast_img read more

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