AI to Predict Parkinson

Looks like artifical intelligece can be used for really important things
16 November 2018   425

In Oxford, an AI-framework for the diagnosis of nystagmus is created - an early symptom of neurodegenerative pathologies, such as Parkinson's disease. Nystagmus is a form of sleep disturbance, a series of involuntary rapid tremors in the eyeballs of a sleeping person. Rapid diagnosis of nystagmus will allow to treat Parkinson’s disease at an early stage.

The researchers used data from 53 patients from an open laboratory database of the Montreal Sleep Research Archive. Records of electrical activity of the brain, skeletal muscles and eye movements were processed using the algorithm of regression decision trees (random forest).

As the main symptom of nystagmus and the approaching Parkinson's disease, researchers considered muscle atony. In total, electrograms identified 156 different features that can indicate the development of pathology.

Scientists used manual and automatic markup methods for a data set. With manual marking, they managed to achieve diagnostic accuracy of 96%, with automatic results being 4% worse. The researchers plan to improve the results of automatic processing using mathematical functions that mimic the behavior of brain neurons.

A month before the publication of the work of experts at Oxford University, scientists from the Swiss Institute of IRIS reported on the results of work on their own system for diagnosing neuropathology. The fundamental difference is that the Swiss system uses data collected using a smartphone, and the development from Oxford relies on special medical tests.

Facebook to Release PyTorch 1.0

This release added support for large cloud platforms, a C ++ interface, a set of JIT compilers
10 December 2018   125

Facebook has released a stable version of the library for machine learning PyTorch 1.0. This iteration added support for large cloud platforms, a C ++ interface, a set of JIT compilers, and various improvements.

The stable version received a set of JIT compilers that eliminate the dependence of the code on the Python interpreter. The model code is transformed into Torch Script - a superstructure over Python. Keeping the opportunity to work with the model in the Python environment, the user can download it to other projects not related to this language. So, the PyTorch developers state that the code processed in this way can be used in the C ++ API.

The torch.distributed package and the torch.nn.parallel.DistributedDataParallel module are completely redesigned. torch.distributed now has better performance and works asynchronously with the Gloo, NCCL and MPI libraries.

The developers added a C ++ wrapper to PyTorch 1.0. It contains analogs of Python interface components, such astorch.nn,torch.optim, torch.data. According to the creators, the new interface should provide high performance for C ++ applications. True, the C ++ API is still experimental, but it can be used in projects now.

To improve the efficiency of working with PyTorch 1.0, a Torch Hub repository has been created, which stores pre-trained models of neural networks. You can publish your own development using the hubconf.py file, after which the model will be available for download by any user via the torch.hub.load API.

Support for C extensions and the module torch.utils.trainer were removed from the library.

Facebook released the preliminary version of PyTorch 1.0 at the beginning of October 2018, and in two months the developers brought the framework to a stable state.