21 Apr '17, 2pm

Weissman Score Calculators Migrate Online, But Metric Needs Some Improvements

Weissman Score Calculators Migrate Online, But Metric Needs Some Improvements

The first season of HBO’s Silicon Valley was all about the Weissman Score . Vying teams of compression experts used this made-for-TV metric designed to judge the success of compression algorithms . During the second season, the TV show’s spotlight turned away from compression scores to business drama, as funding and power moved from player to player. But, off screen, the Weissman Score migrated to the real world , where a few professors tested it in papers and in classes. What’s happened since? “People are indeed using it, but are trying to obfuscate its origins,” says Tsachy Weissman , the Stanford professor who, along with electrical engineering graduate student Vinith Misra, came up with the algorithm at the request of a technical advisor to the show. “They do that because they want to be taken seriously.” It has certainly become easier to use since it first appeared on...

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