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Data Science News from Cyberspace
How Artificial Intelligence Will Make Digital Humans Hollywood’s New Stars Artificial intelligence is coming to Hollywood and is on the verge revolutionizing the industry. Imagine a machine learning a character’s lines, creating and playing digital CGI characters, or generating scripts. This Hollywood Reporter article gives an example of using... Read more
Prophet is Data Science not Statistics, and there is a Difference
Facebook’s prophet forecasting tool illustrates the distinction between a traditional statistical approach compared to the newer machine learning/data science paradigm. This distinction is cultural: it seems that the motivation behind prophet was to quickly make accurate forecasts (predictions), instead of getting bogged down in building models satisfying certain theoretical properties, which may or... Read more
It’s a truism bordering on a cliche to say that every day, there’s more and more data being collected. As a data scientist, this is a great situation in which to find myself: so much data for training machine learning algorithms! But at a certain point, the amount of... Read more
ODSC East Interviews: Barton Poulson
The following Q&A is part of a series of interviews conducted with speakers at the 2017 ODSC East conference in Boston. The interview has been condensed and edited for clarity. This interview is with Barton Poulson, Founder at Datalab, whose talk was entitled “Data Science for the 99%”. What does Data Science... Read more
Playing with Randall Munroe’s XKCD handwriting
The XKCD font (as used by matplotlib et al.) got an update to include lower-case characters. For some time now I have been aware of a handwriting sample produced by Randall Munroe (XKCD’s creator) that I was interested in exploring. The ultimate aim is to automatically produce a font-file... 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
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