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Issue #98
 
 
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Andrew Ng discusses key challenges facing AI deployments and possible solutions, ranging from techniques for working with small data to improving algorithms' robustness and generalizability to systematically planning out the full cycle of machine learning projects.
 
 
 
Production machine learning models introduce complex infrastructure complexities, which require more advanced approaches for monitoring and observability. Netflix provides insights into the knowledge obtained throughout building their distributed tracing infrastructure. Distributed tracing is the ability to measure performance and other metrics across microservice hops of requests as they travel through the system.
 
 
 
Machine Learning Operations continues to growing in importance. This post discusses the importance of data quality in MLOps workflows, as well as the flow of data involved across the diffeent components of the stack.
 
 
 
Outlier detection is the identification of data set elements that vary significantly from the majority. When it comes to production systems this is a key tool to ensure sound performance of production models. This post introduces a practical use-case for image outlier detection.
 
 
 
Montreal AI Ethics Institute released a report which captures the most relevant developments in Q3 2020 in the domain of AI ethics across academia, civil society, government, and industry. It covers key areas such as AI & society, bias, disinformation, labour impacts, privacy, risk, and the future of AI ethics.
 
 
 
 
 
The topic for this week's featured production machine learning libraries is Industry Strength NLP. We are currently looking for more libraries to add - if you know of any that are not listed, please let us know or feel free to add a PR. The four featured libraries this week are:
  • SpaCy - Industrial-strength natural language processing library built with python and cython by the explosion.ai team.
  • Snorkel - Snorkel is a system for quickly generating training data with weak supervision https://snorkel.org.
  • Transformers - Huggingface's library of state-of-the-art pretrained models for Natural Language Processing (NLP).
  • Github's Semantic - Github's text library for parsing, analyzing, and comparing source code across many languages.
 
If you know of any libraries that are not in the "Awesome MLOps" list, please do give us a heads up or feel free to add a pull request
 
 
 
 
As AI systems become more prevalent in society, we face bigger and tougher societal challenges. We have seen a large number of resources that aim to takle these challenges in the form of AI Guidelines, Principles, Ethics Frameworks, etc, however there are so many resources it is hard to navigate. Because of this we started an Open Source initiative that aims to map the ecosystem to make it simpler to navigate. You can find multiple principles in the repo - some examples include the following:
  • ACM's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct - This is the code of ethics that has been put together in 1992 by the Association for Computer Machinery and updated in 2018
  • From What to How - An initial review of publicly available AI Ethics Tools, Methods and Research to translate principles into practices
 
If you know of any guidelines that are not in the "Awesome AI Guidelines" list, please do give us a heads up or feel free to add a pull request
 
 
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