— In the News —
An article in Businessweek about New York City tipping habits got quite a bit of attention this week when Ben Wellington tracked down the raw data and crafted a different story. Ben Wellington was recently profiled by NPR for his data analytics blog, I Quant NY. Both his blog and this post are highly recommended.
Did you know that Christian Rudder has never been on a date with someone he met on the Internet?! Nevertheless, his OKCupid blog is a brilliant look at the modern world of dating. Read on for the controversial backstory...
Great interviews with recent Kaggle winners. These aren't personal tidbits. These interviews dive into the techniques that were used to win.
Facebook generates about $8 a year in revenue from each of its users. But what if you offered a company not just your photos and updates, but your entire genome? Then you could be worth as much as $20,000. Potentially, that's good AND bad. This Technology Review article highlights the debate.
— Tools and Techniques —
Here's a great project for Data Makers! This is a step-by-step R tutorial for creating this weather chart from Edward Tufte's book, Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Highly recommended!
This is one of the best introductions I've seen for learning about Deep Learning. This is very well written, with lots of diagrams to help.
— Resources —
Here's a new podcast about machine learning that's worth checking out. The hosts, Katherine Gorman and Ryan Adams, plan to bring you clear conversations with experts in the field, insightful discussions of industry news, and useful answers to your questions. Their first episode came out this week and they're off to a great start.
Advanced R is a recent book for R users who want to improve their programming skills. It also explains some of R’s quirks and should prove useful to developers coming from other languages too. This is a free, online pre-print version and If you'd rather have a printed copy, paperbacks are available from Amazon for $56, where it has an average rating of 4.8/5 stars from 17 reviews.
— Data Viz —
Robert Simmon is a data visualization master. He's currently working with Planet Labs but he's best known for his work at NASA where he co-founded the Earth Observatory web site and wrote the Elegant Figures blog. This interview explores his career path and offers links to his favorite work and resources. This is a MUST READ and if you aren't already familiar with it, be sure to check out his 6 part series, Subtleties of Color
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