— In the News —
Think data doesn't lie? Here's a thoughtful exploration of why we should all rethink that.
Nice talk about the dark side of data. This is the text version of a talk that was presented at the recent Strata conference in New York. The 20 minute video is also worthwhile.
The latest Knight News Challenge is offering a pool of $3 million for innovative ideas that address the question: How might we make data work for individuals and communities? Here are the 1028 entries, sorted by popularity. There are a lot of interesting ideas here.
In this BBC recording, two pioneers in AI discuss their work and describe the way in which machine-led intelligence is set to remake our world. This is an interesting discussion featuring Eric Horvitz, the managing director of Microsoft Research, and Cynthia Breazeal, the chief scientist of the Robotics firm Jibo.
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— Tools and Techniques —
In this notebook, Peter Norvig covers the basics of probability theory and shows how to implement the theory in Python. Then he shows how to solve some "particularly perplexing paradoxical" probability problems. This is very well done.
Not all data is big. Here are 10 ways to approach small data.
This introduction to Python's TextBlob's library starts with a good overview of Natural Language Processing concepts and techniques.
— Resources —
RJMetrics scraped LinkedIn data and found 11,400 profiles of people who identify themselves as "data scientists." With those profiles, RJMetrics analyzed the experience, education, skills, and associated companies to create this detailed analysis. Although LinkedIn profiles don't provide an exhaustive perspective, there are a lot of worthwhile insights here.
From beginner to advanced, this is a great list of online courses to help you learn R.
— Data Viz —
bqplot is an interactive plotting library for iPython/Jupyter notebooks. It uses the ipywidgets framework for easy integration with other GUI components, such as sliders, buttons, and menus. bqplot was open-sourced this week by Bloomberg and is gaining fans quickly. After just a few days, it's already been starred over 500 times on GitHub.
— Byte Sized —
This release contains major language refinements and numerous standard library improvements. The Julia ecosystem continues to grow, and there are now over 700 registered packages!