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Collaborative team win Facebook Research ‘Probability and Programming’ research award


Sam Staton and Luke Ong are part of a collaborative team that has won a Facebook Research ‘Probability and Programming’ research award. The award is for the team’s research on differentiable probabilistic programming semantics.

Probabilistic programming is a method for writing complex statistical models as programs. Many machine learning methods use gradients, and differentiable probabilistic programming takes advantage of those methods. The team proposed to investigate the foundations of this kind of programming.

Facebook gave unrestricted gifts to 10 research teams. Read more about the awards here: