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Algorithms

YouTube demonetization algorithm leaks: Google’s artificial intelligence is artificially biased

Recently leaked screenshots show YouTube’s questionnaires that subjectively determine what videos are acceptable for monetization, and consequently, what videos would appear higher in search and on trending lists.  There’s no money after all if a video has no ads, so demonetized videos will generally be suppressed by the search and tre… Read more

The truth about SEO and ASO — Part 2: is SEO a BS industry?

Let’s analyze Quora’s most upvoted answer on the question: “To what extent is SEO a bullshit industry?

NON-Bullshit practice of “SEO” is about;

  • adding value to the web
  • creating unique and engaging content
  • improving traffic and conversions (not just rankings)
  • understanding web-site technology (html/css, pro
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The truth about SEO and ASO

Prior to the rise of social media, the popular way to get your product noticed online was through SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Despite all the self-proclaimed experts saying SEO is not “gaming the system”, optimizing is by definition reverse engineering and exploiting through pattern recognition. It is a cycle of subtle changes, meas… Read more

Exploiting the “big data” monopoly: YouTube, Google and Facebook are vulnerable in ways small startups are not

“Big data” is a relatively new domain in software. Programming languages such as Python and R have sharply risen in popularity as they specialize in statistical analysis of large data sets.  Fluency in these languages is a requirement for aspiring employees of Alphabet (YouTube/Google) and Facebook.

“Big data” only exist… Read more

Rapidly Computing the Standard Deviation for a Fixed Period (Length of Data)

Wikipedia’s page for Standard Deviation presents a formula for rapidly calculating the standard deviation of a growing set of numbers:

[1] Qk = Qk-1 + (xk – Ak-1)(xk – Ak) where xk is the kth element in the set and Ak is the mean of the first kth numbers.

The standard deviation squared of the first n numbers of a set is Qn / n.

From this, it is easy … Read more

An efficient but effective artificial intelligence for Big 2

(tl;dr: You can play against an AI computer user I designed for an online Big 2 game here.  The bots are capable of calulcating the expectation for its score for every possible line of play very quickly, resulting in a rather worthy opponent for even the most seasoned Big 2 players).

The dynamics in Big 2 make programming AI for it an interesting problem.  The … Read more