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Machines learn to recognize glasses

The dynamics of a viscous liquid undergo a dramatic slowdown when it is cooled to form a solid glass. Recognizing the structural changes across such a transition remains a major challenge. Machine-learning methods, similar to those Facebook uses to recognize groups of friends, have now been applied to this problem.

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Figure 1: A glass maker uses shears to separate the molten glass from the final object.

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Ceriotti, M., Vitelli, V. Machines learn to recognize glasses. Nature Phys 12, 377–378 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys3757

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