The meaning of Artificial Intelligence (A.I) changes depending on whom is speaking. Right now the most prominent instantiation of A.I is the chatbot. Technology’s biggest companies and plucky startups allocate resources to make chatbots more impressive, but they really haven’t broken into the mainstream yet. From the outside the... Read more
While verbal communication is a necessary skill for any data scientist, visual communication is becoming more important for maximizing impact. Viz is hard, it requires a different skillset and recognition that your design choices can manipulate the story. As Data Scientists drift into the forbidden realms of artistic expression,... Read more
Editor’s Note: If you’re anything like me, stubbornly loyal to Pokémon Red, now trying to catch up to the cool kids post Poképocalypse, you’ll find this exploration worth a share. About a month ago Pokémon Go, Niantic’s mobile augmented reality game based on the popular franchise, was everywhere. The... Read more
Deutsch Credit Future Telling: part 2
To continue on this first path, it’s logical to proceed with hyperparameter tuning on the three algorithms previously mentioned in part 1. Here the Random Forest Classifier (R.F.C) pulls ahead with 77% accuracy while the other two are still around 75%. Where there were three on this road, there... Read more
Classification tasks in Data Science come frequently, but the hardest are those with unbalanced classes. From biology to finance, the real-life situations are numerous. Before balancing your errors, establishing a baseline with the most frequent occurrence can give you over 90% accuracy right off the bat.  The question of... Read more
The Sentiment Behind The Declaration of Independence
The American political season often conjures numerous references to the country’s origins from either side of the aisle. What better way to join in than by looking at the country’s birth using Data Science, the field that will dictate much of its future. I’ll do this by leveraging a... Read more
The Fund for Peace is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing violence worldwide. One of their initiatives is the Fragile States Index (F.S.I), a yearly ranking of the stability of countries around the world. Each ranking is the sum of twelve factors rated on a scale of one (the... Read more
IBM’s Data Science Experience
Despite the backlash against Data Science’s hype, there is no doubt that the field is vital in our data filled world. It is no surprise that some leading companies are dashing to enhance their Data Science offerings. Within the past few weeks, IBM made the latest surge in this... Read more
Amazon Enters The Open-Source Deep Learning Fray
The Synergy Research Group’s last report of 2015 attributed 31% of the cloud computing market to Amazon’s Amazon Web Services (AWS), nearly four times as much as its nearest competitor, Microsoft. This would come as no surprise to any programmer, Data Engineer, or Data Scientist, AWS is a mainstay... Read more
Google’s TensorFlow framework spread like wildfire upon its release. The slew of tutorials and extensions made an already robust ecosystem even more so. Recently, Google released one of their own extensions. It’s called SyntaxNet, a TensorFlow based syntactic parser for Natural Language Understanding. SyntaxNet uses neural networks to model... Read more