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From Gilles <>
Subject Re: [math] Apachecon slides
Date Mon, 06 Apr 2015 13:19:41 GMT
Hi Phil.

On Sun, 05 Apr 2015 13:25:02 -0700, Phil Steitz wrote:
> Thanks for the feedback and contributions!
> I added a disclaimer making it clear that the challenges / lessons
> learned stuff was just one contributor's view.  The content is now
> pretty much complete (unless someone has some awesome better example
> I can swap in).  I would appreciate a review of the completed
> optimization slides and both the final challenges and lessons
> learned slides.  I will wait a few days to upload the slides so I
> can clean them up some more and incorporate any feedback I get.
> Anyone who wants to review but does not want to fuss with
> tex/beamer, shoot me a note and I will cut a pdf based on master
> when I get the request.

After this:

public PAIR optimize(OptimizationData... optData)

you could perhaps add one or two slides (to indicate the current
state of affairs and what remains to be implemented for the next
major release); something along the following lines:

Decision: Refactor of all classes in "o.a.c.m.optim"

* Phase out "OptimizationData"
* Use "fluent" API
* Separate optimization problem from optimization procedure

New ideas (brought forward by our most recent committer, Evan Ward)
experimented on least-squares optimizers:
* LevenbergMarquardtOptimizer
* GaussNewtonOptimizer

New classes/interfaces in "o.a.c.m.fitting.leastsquares":
* LeastSquaresProblem and LeastSquaresProblem.Evaluation
* LeastSquaresOptimizer and LeastSquaresOptimizer.Optimum
* LeastSquaresFactory
* LeastSquaresBuilder
* LevenbergMarquardtOptimizer
* GaussNewtonOptimizer
* AbstractEvaluation
* ...


final LeastSquaresProblem problem = LeastSquaresFactory.create( /* ... 
*/ );
final LeastSquaresOptimizer optim = new LevenbergMarquardtOptimizer( /* 
... */ );
final Optimum result = optim.optimize(problem);

Yet to be done (before next major release?): Refactor all the other 


> Phil
> On 4/1/15 10:27 AM, Phil Steitz wrote:
>> Starting with Thomas and Gilles' tex setup from FOSDEM 2013, I have
>> started creating slides for my talk in a couple of weeks at
>> Apachecon NA [1].  The basic idea is to combine an overview and
>> quick examples with some discussion of the many design and
>> implementation challenges that we have faced.  I have put the tex
>> sources on github [2] and would appreciate any comments or just PRs
>> there.  There is a make file (thanks, Thomas!) that creates a pdf
>> from the sources and also has a clean target to clean up cruft.  You
>> need to have beamer installed for the build to work.
>> The content looks like too much for 50 mins, but I can fly through
>> most of it, so don't be discouraged to provide more examples.  I can
>> also swap out some of the ones that are there.  I have also
>> obviously not made it look pretty yet.  Patches of all kinds welcome
>> :)  My goal is to have the slides complete and uploaded to LF by the
>> end of this weekend.
>> Thanks in advance for review / feedback.  Its probably best to
>> provide the feedback on github.  If we get into any code
>> discussions, we can take things back here.
>> Phil
>> [1]
>> [2]

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