— In the News —
Data Elixir is curated and written by hand still but at what point will a robot take over this newsletter? Given the rapid advances in NLP, it's certainly fun to ponder - robots curating what the other robots are writing about. Here's a grounded perspective from The New York Times about what the future holds for robot writers.
A recent survey from NewVantage Partners paints an unfortunate picture of the data cultures at large organizations. 64 C-level technology and business executives participated in the survey and although most recognize the value of being data-driven, less than a third say they're succeeding. This article in the Harvard Business Review summarizes the findings. The complete report is here >>
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— Tools and Techniques —
Nice introduction to deep learning by Lex Fridman at MIT. This post offers clear overviews of 7 key architectures and includes links to TensorFlow tutorials for each. There's also an embedded video of Lex's first lecture of the semester, Deep Learning Basics, which is easy to follow and is a good overview of deep learning.
These results from a comprehensive survey by JetBrains and the Python Software Foundation will be interesting to most anyone working with Python. Over twenty thousand developers from around the world participated. Among the findings, "data analysis has become more popular than web development."
This mindmap outlines R packages and techniques that are commonly used in text mining. Topics include things like "text handling," "understanding content," "question/answering," "topic modeling," "embeddings and neural modeling," etc.
Nice collection of extensions and widgets to help you level-up your notebooks. Includes things like built-in code snippets, auto-completion, "slide" presentations, UI controls, themes, etc.
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— Resources —
Great list from TyroLabs with conferences from around the world. Sorted by date and includes links to conference home pages and discount codes. This list is regularly updated and currently has 40 conferences for what's left of 2019!
— Data Viz —
Interactive data visualizations offer a lot of flexibility for self-driven users but oftentimes users don't use the interactions. Now, a company called Flourish is introducing a new type of interactive to increase engagement. These "Talkies" are kind of a mashup of interactive data visualizations, slides, and video. This post on the Flourish blog shows how they work and how to make your own.
Here's a practical post for beer lovers. Nathan Yau used a genetic algorithm to find the shortest route to visit 71 top breweries across the U.S. The route is just under 12,000 miles and would take ~200 hours to drive. "Totally worth it."
— Career —
Working at an early stage organization is nothing like working at a big mature company. It takes a different mindset and set of skills to be successful in an organization that doesn't have a lot of data or infrastructure yet. This is a super insightful post.