geekoverdose is all about software examples and source snippets around artificial and machine intelligence, data analysis, computer vision, ubiquitous computing, security, and other interesting fields. Posts and examples are written for people somewhat familiar with programming and the corresponding field of science. There are also posts on how to automate your everyday tasks to save yourself some time (mostly for Linux). If you spot typos, mistakes, dead links, or other broken stuff please drop me a short comment. Now feel free to check out some examples yourself!

About me: my name is Rainhard Findling. Currently I’m a research associate with u’smile, the research center for usable mobile security, at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Campus Hagenberg, from which I received my BSc and MSc degrees in Mobile Computing in 2011 and 2013. I’m interested in all kinds of up-to-date science and research, specially in fields somehow correlated to artificial and machine intelligence, automation, mobility, and security.

Why do I run this blog? Simply because I once in while try out new stuff and all those small proof-of-concept-programs that pop out as a result are not of use to anyone if they are not opened to the public. Normally I’m working on Linux machines which is why some examples I’m posting may have to be adapted for other operating systems.

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  1. Vishnu Nandan
    June 19, 2013 at 13:40

    Hello Rainhard

    I am Vishnu Nandan, PhD Student, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany. I am working with Radio Echo Sounding and Radar Remote Sensing for Structural Glaciology. As part of my research, one of my main work packages is to classify the Radio Echo Sounding image, with complex ice features, using Neural Network Classification.

    Could you please advise me on open source tools which could be useful for this. I am pretty new to programming. So I need some time to look into the tool and the data, on how it works.

    Many Thanks Again. Please let me know If I should supply more info on my work.

    Thanks and Regards
    Vishnu Nandan

    • June 21, 2013 at 09:56

      Hello Vishnu,

      just in short: for prototyping you could use UI tools like Weka (http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/ml/weka/). You just need to convert your data to the correct form. If you need to dig deeper you could use Matlab with the Neural Toolbox – or R (RStudio), which is free. For both you need some programming, but they are much more powerful and worth trying.

      Best regards

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