downloading folders from google drive.

I wanted to download some course material on RL shared by the author via Google drive using the command line.  I got a bunch of stuff using wget a folder in google drive was a challenge. I looked it up in SO which gave me a hint but no solution. I installed gdown using pip and then used: gdown --folder --continue if there are more than 50 files you need to use --remaining-ok and only get the first 50. In such a case its best to download using the folder using the UI and decompress locally. Decompressing from the command line created errors related to unicode but using the mac UI I decompressed without a glitch.

PyData 13

1st speaker JP Morgan

Continuous Delivery in Python on a Massive Scale, by Or Been-Zeev (JP Morgan) delivery at JP Morgan


J.P. Morgan has one of the largest Python codebases in the world.  We will discuss the challenges of working with millions of lines of Python and how one can deal with those. We will also show you how Python makes it easy to achieve continuous delivery and ”push to production” approaches regardless of scale.

My notes:

  •  CD = CI + Push to production
  • 20 million lines of code - use a monolithic code base...
  • time to market is the KPI 
  • but how to avoid breaking the code many times a day?
  • Python simplifies the typical CI pipeline as there is no compile or build
  • They have a single head but not clear about how they are merging changes - they have shared staging layers to handle this issue.

Speaker separation in the wild, and the industry's view - Rapahel Cohen (


Audio recordings are a data source of great value used for analyzing conversations and enabling digital assistants. An important aspect of analyzing single-channel audio conversations is identifying who said what, a task known as speaker diarization. The task is further complicated when the number of speakers is a priori unknown. In this talk we’ll dive into the deep learning research of speaker "embedding" (verification and diarization). Connect it to a framework of “real” speaker separation needs (as in audio applications such as’s Conversation Analytics platform), and present the pipeline required for integrating these solutions in a semi supervised manner without requiring any effort by the end user

My Notes

  • conversation are 10 to minutes
  • task 1: identify consecutive speaking range by some speaker.
  • task 2 : given a labeled sample label range.
  • Sounds like a simplification of the cocktail party problem 
you might remember this from Andrew NG course lecture 1
  • Extra Tasks:
    • find and share features
    • produces call summary
    • generates todo list (actionable analytics)
    • voice metrics - sentiment etc. (e.g. whatson)
    • Provide guidance
  • DWH
    • Store sales conversation as a database - for future query
  • Proprietary tech:
    • Speech recognition
      • who said what?
  • Prior Art
    • EigenVoices in scifi (predates Shazam by 5-6 years !?)
    • iVector - simple concept but complex paper & many implementation details. 
    • replaced by Deep learning + Softmax classification architecture instead

  • Large Softmax issue - handled based on Le-Cuns idea of a "Siamese network" 
    • instead of detecting who is talking 
    • check if it is the same or different speaker then 
    • we need the big SoftMax just once per speaker's utterance.
  • Since different people sound different a Siamese network quickly learn a fit and later does not generalise very well. (This is actually an issue of imbalance in the dataset as segments used are short and switches between speakers are rare...) 
  • They used triplet ($speaker_1, speaker_1, speaker_2$) etc. to teach the network about speaker boundaries.
Some slides:

initial segmentation - segment using a 2 second window
The overall architecture

i-vector is based on Dehak et all 2011 - complicated

DNN to the rescue!
Big SoftMax !?! - so they use Siamese architecture 
Which won't generalise too well (highly unbalanced DS)
sample triplets with 2 speakers to the rescue (Li et all 2017 Baidu)
Can we do better (Google paper -? which)
The overall architecture
smarter distance metric via PLDA!

Automated Extractions for Machine Generated Mail, by Irena Grabovitch-Zuyev (Yahoo Research)


A few months ago I presented Xcluster - a technique for clustering of machine generated emails and we focused on the classification use case.
Well, now that we have those classified clusters, what else can we gain from it?
In this follow-up talk I will present our solution to the Mail extraction task, whose objective is to extract valuable data from the content of mail messages.
This task is key for many types of applications including re-targeting, mail search, and mail summarisation, which utilises the important personal data pieces in mail messages to achieve their objectives. The heart of our solution is an offline process that leverages the structural mail-specific characteristics of the clustering, and automatically creates extraction rules that are later applied online for each new arriving message. This process has been productised in Yahoo mail backend and has been tested in large-scale experiments carried over real Yahoo mail traffic.

My Notes:

  • This talk how Systems like Google Inbox and in particular Yahoo Mail handle grouping and smart processing of emails. Inbox does smart clustering that seems to go beyond a simple bag of words. Also they are able to extract the most salient facts and present them. While parsing is the traditional approach they paper below explains how this type of work is scaled up. 
  • Talk covers the paper: 
  • Look at the structure and hash it AKA X-Cluster. Within each X-Cluster
    • extract text as x-path - creates tables 
    • some paths will be constants
    • others will be different
  • Use rule extraction
    • dictionary based (names, places, ... ) need only to be a 70% hit a dictionary to annotate
    • output is a regex
  • Rule refinement
    • use classification
    • use xpath previously ignored...
    • Features (light annotations)
      • relative xpath postion
      • annotation before/after
      • constant values before/after
      • HTML headers\
    • The we have a contextual ...
  • Ecaluation

Beyond A-B testing in the AdTech industry - Uri Goren (Bigabid)


A-B Testing is the default evaluation method used all across the advertising industry.
However, despite the simplicity of A-B testing, it is not a silver bullet suitable for all scenarios.
We would cover several flavours of A-B testing and their applications, and their upsides and downsides. We would introduce a Bayesian model to tackle some of the issues, and cover the "conjugate_prior" pypi module that is authored by the speaker.

A/B testing is a great subject for speakers to demonstrate their level of sophistication. Uri Goren did about as well as I've heard - Kudos! He has misses some of the big issues but avoids most of the sand pits:-) while covering the terrain.

bio - impressive
All data scientists end up working on CTR!?
mentioned avoiding confounding factors by limiting test scope.

the reason by we can assume a normal distribution
however we soon see the distribution is highly skewed

how long before stopping. explained p-value
so the data is far from normal.
we want to estimate CTR probability using Bernoulli Distribution

This auction pricing slide shows that CPC
is based on ctr ... (aren't we missing the next bid) ...)

Any prior might converge eventually ... but if there is a congregate
prior, it is the best choice. Also introducing a new Python package with
bayesian Monte Carlo simulation for a/b tests, (which lets us guestimate
the remaining probability of a win for the A or B)
using a conjugate prior (as it fits the posterior)
the package matches posteriors with priors :-)

My Notes

  • combing features requires a factorial design
  • p value - is the chance of getting the same result in a A/A test
  • like others before talks about N shows 30 is good for a uniform diftribution
  • when do we stop - in ad-tech cross validation ? 
  • Stratified cross validation.- did not talk about it
  • Bernoulli is better but ...
  • Bayesian one armed bandits save you money that would be lost on the worst branch of the test while running the test.
  • Asked how do they know the test has run its course and/or validate the results....
some answers:
 recommended tutorial on bayesian for data science - Robert Downey's Think Bayes!


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