Oleksandr Pryymak, a data scientist who works at Facebook, grapples with this challenge: how can you quantify surprise?
Speaking to an audience of computing experts at PyData London 2015, he explained concepts and mathematics that might be used for this purpose. Pryymak’s math is rather esoteric, but it can be applied to common uses. The object is to enable computers to do something we all do every day: identify unusual things and events. He presents the example of detecting newsworthy stories in a social media feed..
Author: Meta S. Brown