— In the News —
Microsoft is investing one billion dollars in OpenAI to support building artificial general intelligence (AGI). This article in the New York Times includes insights about the deal from Sam Altman, OpenAI's chief executive. It seems like we're a long way from AGI but it's hard to dismiss with investments like this.
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— How-to —
For many R users, it’s obvious why you’d want to use R with big data, but not so obvious how. In this article on the R Views blog, Alex Gold shares three key strategies for thinking about how to use big data in R. Includes advantages, disadvantages, and examples for each.
Reza Sohrabi from Stitch Fix offers a practical introduction to BERT and its essential operations.
Nice introduction to Bayesian Statistics using simple examples as building blocks along the way.
— Data Viz —
Plotly 4.0 is a major new release. Among the updates is a new rendering framework that's compatible with a variety of notebook systems and popular IDEs. Plotly is also offline by default now and is bundled with Plotly Express. Full details with screenshots in the announcement.
The new journal from the Data Visualization Society is named after a data visualization pioneer from the 1800's: Florence Nightingale. Of course, the field of "data visualization" didn't exist in the 1800s but her visual approach to statistics led to a number of notable accomplishments, including the foundations of modern nursing. This is a great, visual story about her life and the evolution of data visualization in the 1800s.
— Conferences & Events —
Nice overview of the recent useR! 2019 conference. Includes talk summaries and links to slides and recordings.
— Career —
In his latest post, Robert Chang describes his system for self-directed learning. This is a key skill for developing your career and Robert's approach is sensible and well thought-out. This is the first of a two-part series.