ODSC Europe 2018 – Open Source Data Science Project Award Winner: PyMC3
Significant progress has been made – and deservedly so – in the advances in deep learning, machine learning, and data science in general. However, it’s thanks to the open source data science projects that make many of these advances accessible. As such, we at ODSC want to bring light... Read more
Snakes in a Package: Combining Python and R with Reticulate
When I first started working as a data scientist (or something like it) I was told to program in C++ and Java. Then R came along and it was liberating; my ability to do data analysis increased substantially. As my applications grew in size and complexity, I started to... Read more
Ripyr: Sampled Metrics on Datasets Using Python’s Asuncio
Today I’d like to introduce a little python library I’ve toyed around with here and there for the past year or so, ripyr. Originally it was written just as an excuse to try out some newer features in modern python: asyncio and type hinting. The whole package is type... Read more
In part two of my XKCD font saga I was able to separate strokes from the XKCD handwriting dataset into many smaller images. I also handled the easier cases of merging some of the strokes back together – I particularly focussed on “dotty” or “liney” type glyphs, such as... Read more
In part one of XKCD font saga I gave some background on the XKCD handwriting dataset, and took an initial look at image segmentation in order to extract the individual strokes from the scanned image. In this installment, I will apply the technique from part 1, as well as... Read more
Python as a way of thinking
This article contains supporting material for this blog post at Scientific American.  The thesis of the post is that modern programming languages (like Python) are qualitatively different from the first generation (like FORTRAN and C), in ways that make them effective tools for teaching, learning, exploring, and thinking. I presented... Read more
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