Archive for August, 2017

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Technical debt in machine learning

I think “machine learning” in this paper applies fairly well to any type of scientific pipeline code: Using the framework of technical debt, we note that it is remarkably easy to incur massive ongoing maintenance costs at the system level when applying machine learning. The authors argue that machine learning systems have the regular issues […]

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Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

IDL 8.6.1 released

IDL 8.6.1 was released today1. Some interesting new features: Conditional breakpoints from the Workbench Hexadecimal constants, e.g., a = 0xFF3A Fix for strings that begin with numerals being confused with the octal notation: “123 is an octal value; “123” used to be a syntax error, but is now a valid string. See the release notes […]

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