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About Kevin P. Murphy
and went to graduate school in the USA (MEng from U. Penn, PhD from UC Berkeley,
Postdoc at MIT). In 2004, he became a professor of computer science and statistics
at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In 2011, he went to
Google in Mountain View, California for his sabbatical. In 2012, he
converted to a full-time research scientist position at Google. Kevin has
published over 50 papers in refereed conferences and journals related
to machine learning and graphical models. He has recently published
an 1100-page textbook called "Machine Learning: a Probabilistic
Perspective" (MIT Press, 2012).
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