Posted by Danny TarlowThe International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) is happening now in Haifa, Israel. There have been attempts at sites to discuss papers in previous years as well, but this year, there is a revamped version. Most notably, you can subscribe to an RSS feed of the discussion, which should make it easier for people to keep tabs on discussions.
Like many others, I think discussion sites are a nice idea. It's a step towards making research more interactive beyond just the conference poster session, it can help clarify ambiguities the readers might have of the paper, and I think it has the potential to make authors more accountable for their work. Hopefully it will catch on.
Oh, and I haven't had a chance to read any of them in detail yet, but here are the papers that caught my eye and will probably make it to my reading list:
Continuous-Time Belief Propagation
Tal El-Hay (Hebrew University); Ido Cohn; Nir Friedman (Hebrew University); Raz Kupferman (Hebrew University)
Interactive Submodular Set Cover
Andrew Guillory (University of Washington); Jeff Bilmes (University of Washington, Seat)
A fast natural Newton method
Nicolas Le Roux (Microsoft Cambridge); Andrew Fitzgibbon (Microsoft Research)
Non-Local Contrastive Objectives
David Vickrey (Stanford University); Cliff Chiung-Yu Lin (Stanford University); Daphne Koller (Stanford University)
Accelerated dual decomposition for MAP inference
Vladimir Jojic (Stanford University); Stephen Gould (Stanford University); Daphne Koller (Stanford University)