Four short links: 20 June 2019

Model Governance, Content Moderators, Interactive Fiction, and End-User Probabilistic Programming

By Nat Torkington
June 20, 2019
Four Short Links
  1. Model Governance and Model Operationsmodels built or tuned for specific applications (in reality, this means models + data) will need to be managed and protected.
  2. Bodies in Seats — the story of Facebook 30,000 content moderators: contractors, low pay (as little as $28,800 a year), and lots of PTSD for everyone. “Nobody’s prepared to see a little girl have her organs taken out while she’s still alive and screaming.” Moderators were told they had to watch at least 15 to 30 seconds of each video.
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  4. Dialoga domain-specific language for creating works of interactive fiction. Inspired by Inform and Prolog, they say.
  5. End-User Probabilistic ProgrammingWe examine the sources of uncertainty actually encountered by spreadsheet users, and their coping mechanisms, via an interview study. We examine spreadsheet-based interfaces and technology to help reason under uncertainty, via probabilistic and other means. We show how uncertain values can propagate uncertainty through spreadsheets, and how sheet-defined functions can be applied to handle uncertainty. Hence, we draw conclusions about the promise and limitations of probabilistic programming for end-users.
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