New Research Brings Precision to Sampling Methods Used in Statistics and Machine Learning

Posted by George Thomas Jr. Addressing one of the core problems in statistics and machine learning, Microsoft researchers have developed a new, more efficient algorithm that enables exact sampling. Daniel Tarlow and Tom Minka Researchers Daniel Tarlow, Tom Minka, and former Microsoft intern Chris Maddison introduced the algorithm in their paper, A* Sampling, one of only…

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Top Posts of 2014: Deep Learning, Predictive Analytics, and Human-Computer Interaction

Posted by Microsoft Research Our most popular blog posts of 2014 reflect the breadth of our research and our collaborative efforts across multiple product groups as well as with external organizations worldwide. Also see the top feature stories of 2014. Bringing Big-Data Dreams Down to EarthHolograph, an interactive, 3-D data-visualization research platform that can render…

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Bringing Predictability to Cloud Server Storage

Posted by Rob Knies In theory, the logic behind cloud computing seems undeniable: lots of data-center servers providing lots of computing power and storage to lots of customers. It’s the beauty of scale: Everybody wins—right? In practice, as you might guess, things get a bit more complicated. Separate parties jostle for the same resources at…

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Quantum Computing

Posted by Rob Knies For years now, Microsoft researchers have been working with academics and scientists to unlock the riddles of quantum computing, a field that aims to merge the mysterious properties of quantum mechanics with computing. If achieved, a scalable quantum computer could rapidly accelerate how information is analyzed and processed, creating new forms…

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Helping the LGBT Community Access the Internet

Posted by Rob Knies For many of us, the Internet offers limitless opportunities for enhancing our lives. We can catch up on news, shop for whatever our hearts desire, connect with our friends. The world at our fingertips—and in our pockets. For some, though, the Internet provides more than pleasurable diversion. For lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

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The Woman Who Put the Vim in Xim

Posted by Rob Knies Yesterday in this space, you learned about the engineering behind Xim, a free app from Microsoft Research that brings fun, interactive photo sharing to users of Windows Phones, Android phones, or iPhones. Developing a new app requires a mixture of skill sets, from those focused on the plumbing and interfaces, to…

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Share Your Photos, Not Your Phone

Posted by Rob Knies Editor's note: Xim 1.3, released December 17, 2014, extends photo-sharing to large screens via a host of streaming media devices. How easy is it to share these days? Pretty darned easy, as users of any mobile phone can attest. Take a photo, and a couple of clicks later, your shot is…

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OSDI ’14 Highlight: Preserving Trust in the Cloud

Posted by Rob Knies The advent of the era of cloud computing is disrupting the IT industry, but one issue continues to impede a headlong rush to the cloud: trust. That’s the contention of Andrew Baumann, (@1andrewb) a Microsoft researcher whose paper Shielding applications from an untrusted cloud with Haven, written with colleagues Marcus Peinado…

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Interview with 2014 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award Winner Gordon Bell

Posted by Rob Knies The IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award is one of the industry's most prestigious honors. Friday, September 19th, the IEEE Computer Society announced the presentation of the 2014 award to Microsoft Researcher Emeritus Gordon Bell, for "his exceptional contributions in designing and bringing several computer systems to market that…

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