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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Thursday, April 12 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Word Embeddings Under the Hood: How Neural Networks Learn from Language

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Since their introduction in the early 2010s, word vector embedding models have exploded in popularity and use. They are one of the key breakthroughs that have enabled a new, state-of-the-art approach to natural language processing based on deep learning. But despite their impact, relatively few practitioners understand how word vector models work under the hood to capture the semantic relationships within natural language data and produce their remarkable results. Patrick Harrison opens up the black box of a popular word embedding algorithm and walks you through of how it works its magic. Along the way, Patrick also covers core neural network concepts, including hidden layers, loss gradients, backpropagation, and more. This talk is based on an excerpt from the forthcoming book Deep Learning with Text from O’Reilly Media.

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Patrick Harrison

Director, AI Engineering, S&P Global
Patrick W. Harrison serves as Director of AI Engineering at S&P Global, a business and financial intelligence provider, and started the AI Engineering group there. Working in a major company for which data is both the primary raw material and finished product provides an unusually... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →

Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Violet Crown - Theater 5
  Machine Learning, Summit
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