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Function to predict processing service overload

We have a black box that for each input request a, it outputs a computed response b. The computation time for a given request varies in a stable way over time. Stable means here that it is still ...
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Boltzmann machines - motivation for the energy function

I've been studying Boltzmann machines lately and was wondering if anyone could give me a "high-level" explanation or motivation for the energy function used: $$E = -\sum_{i<j} w_{ij} \, s_i \, s_j ...
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Amount of information a hidden state can convey (HMM)

In this paper (Products of Hidden Markov Models, http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~hinton/absps/aistats_2001.pdf), the authors say that: The hidden state of a single HMM can only convey log K bits of ...
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How did Target figure out a teen girl was pregnant before her father did?

First of all I do not have a mathematics degree only a B.S. in finance so please take that into account when writing an answer. Generally what type of mathematics is involved here? And specifically ...
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What is a 4-8 mesh?

A paper I'm reading uses this classification for a mesh, but I'm not sure what the numbers 4 and 8 signify. Could someone clarify? Here's an image from the paper of a 4-8 mesh.