— In the News —
Facebook is remarkably effective at turning algorithms into dollars. The platform is so good at “microtargeting,” many small companies don't even bother to advertise anywhere else. But for many advertisers, there are downsides to all the levers that Facebook's vast machinery offers. This article in the New York Times explores the human side of collaborating with an AI.
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— Tools and Techniques —
If you ever need 3D plots in Jupyter, here's a great option to consider. This notebook demonstrates how to integrate MathBox plots into Jupyter while getting data via Python. The examples in this notebook are interactive and presentation-quality.
Last week, Twitter increased the character limit on tweets from 140 to 280. For users, it's a big deal. An analysis of the decision was posted on Twitter's engineering blog, which led Jake VanderPlas to question if a similar analysis would apply to Python line length limits. Don't be put off by the title. This post by Jake is a fantastic exploration of the question.
Simon Willison, co-creator of Django, just released Datasette, an open-source tool that will easily create and publish an API for your SQLite databases. Datasette enables you to package your datasets into a simple, well-understood format and then deploy them in a read-only, highly scalable way. Combined with Simon's csvs-to-sqlite, you can quickly turn a CSV file into a live-on-the-internet REST API that supports arbitrary SQL queries. This will be useful.
Adam Kelleher from Buzzfeed has been writing a series of posts about causality. In this latest post, Adam describes the thinking behind a new Python package that will help make causal inference easy for data analysts and scientists.
Here's a curated collection of worthwhile Python frameworks, libraries, software and resources. This is thorough and very well organized. For a curated collection of R packages and tools, see Awesome R >>
— Deep Learning —
Neural networks are not just another classifier, they represent the beginning of a fundamental shift in how we write software. They are Software 2.0.
Read this article by Andrej Karpathy first, then read Pete Warden's take on the same idea: "Deep Learning is Eating Software."
Beautiful article in Distill that shows how neural nets build up their understanding of images.
— Career —
Looking for an AI or machine learning role at a startup? Daniel Gross, a partner at YCombinator, suggests some key questions to ask your interviewers about their business.
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