Featured Blog Posts – July 2016 Archive (59)

Learning Python For Data Science

For those of you who wish to begin learning Python for Data Science, here is a list of various resources that will get you up and running. Included are things like online tutorials and short interactive course, MOOCs, newsletters, books, useful tools and more.

Python Tips decided to put this together so that you can…


Added by Emmanuelle Rieuf on July 31, 2016 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Weekly Digest, August 1

Monday newsletter published by Data Science Central. Previous editions can be found here.  The contribution flagged with a + is our selection for the picture of the week. 



Added by Vincent Granville on July 30, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Measuring and Treating the Toxic Environment

Even today there seems to be considerable debate over the exact meaning of "stress." During my graduate studies, I pointed out that there are similar themes in the literature pertaining to stress; that perhaps researchers have been overemphasizing the differences. Among the most persistent themes is the distinction between stress and stressors. Hans Selye asserted in 1936 is that stress is an internal response against any form of noxious stimulant. He described the environmental factors…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on July 30, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

An example machine learning notebook

This notebook was written by Dr. Randal S. Olson from GitHub. In this notebook, Randal is going to go over a basic Python data analysis pipeline from start to finish to show you what a typical data science workflow looks like. In addition to providing code examples, he also hopes to imbue in you a sense of good practices so you can be a more effective — and more collaborative — data scientist. Randal will be following along with the data analysis checklist from …


Added by Emmanuelle Rieuf on July 29, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Emerging World of Neural Net Driven MT

Originally posted here, where you can see all the graphics

There has been much in the news lately about the next wave of MT technology driven by a technology called deep learning and neural nets (DNN). I will attempt to provide a brief layman’s overview about what this is, even though I am barely qualified to do this (but if Trump can run for POTUS then…


Added by Kirti Vashee on July 29, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Ten simple rules to use statistics effectively

Under growing pressure to report accurate findings as they interpret increasingly larger amounts of data, researchers are finding it more important than ever to follow sound statistical practices. 

For that reason, a team of statisticians including Carnegie Mellon University's Robert E. Kass wrote "Ten Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice." Published in PLOS…


Added by Emmanuelle Rieuf on July 28, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

DataViZ, Data Science and Machine Learning White Papers - Part 4

Here are some white papers about Tamr, Lavastorm, Teradata, Rapidminer, Looker, Thingworx, and DataRobot :



Added by Emmanuelle Rieuf on July 28, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

5 Free Data Science eBooks For Your Summer Reading List

Going somewhere nice for your summer holidays? Somewhere with a nice beach perhaps – Goa, Grand Cayman or Grimsby? Or a bustling city break? Wherever you’re going there’s sure to be long periods where you’ll sit for hours on end with little to do but read, so I thought I’d throw together a few free eBooks for your Kindle to while away the long hours in the airport, in a traffic jam or on the beach.

A mixture of books about data, analysis, statistics and R programming, they’re all very…


Added by Lee Baker on July 28, 2016 at 2:00am — 7 Comments

Characteristics of Good Visual Analytics and Data Discovery Tools

Visual Analytics and Data Discovery allow analysis of big data sets to find insights and valuable information. This is much more than just classical Business Intelligence (BI). See this article for more details and motivation: "Using Visual Analytics to Make Better Decisions: the Death Pill Example". Let's take a look at important characteristics to choose the right tool for…


Added by Kai Waehner on July 27, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Book: Effective Data Visualization: The Right Chart for the Right Data

Written by sought-after speaker, designer, and researcher Stephanie D. H. Evergreen, Effective Data Visualizationshows readers how to create Excel charts and graphs that best communicate data findings. This comprehensive how-to guide functions as a set of blueprints—supported by research and the author’s extensive experience with clients in industries all over the world—for conveying data in an impactful way. Delivered in Evergreen’s humorous and approachable style, the book covers the…


Added by Emmanuelle Rieuf on July 27, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

10 Blogs from Rock-star Data Scientists

Here's our selection for today. We will continue to post articles from highly respected data scientists in the coming weeks.


Added by Vincent Granville on July 26, 2016 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

What exactly is Data Science?

Reading some recent blogs, I sense a level of angst among Data Science practitioners about the nature of their field. What exactly IS Data Science - a question that seems to lurk just below the surface . . .

As a young field of study and work, it will naturally take time for a definition of Data Science to crystallize. In the meantime, see if this works for you . . .…


Added by PG Madhavan on July 26, 2016 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

CRISP-DM – a Standard Methodology to Ensure a Good Outcome

Summary:  To ensure quality in your data science group, make sure you’re enforcing a standard methodology.  This includes not only traditional data analytic projects but also our most advanced recommenders, text, image, and language processing, deep learning, and AI projects.


A Little History

In the early 1990s as…


Added by William Vorhies on July 26, 2016 at 9:15am — 1 Comment

On-going Developments and Outlook for Deep Learning


There are huge numbers of variants of deep architectures as it’s a fast developing field and so it helps to mention other leading algorithms. The list is intended to be comprehensive but not exhaustive since so many algorithms are being developed [1] [2][1],[2].

  1. Deep High-order Neural Network with Structured Output (HNNSO).
  2. Deep convex network.
  3. Spectral networks
  4. noBackTrack algorithm to solve the…

Added by Syed Danish Ali on July 26, 2016 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Marketing & Advertising: Stats and Data Analysis

With marketing and advertising gaining more space on the internet, big data analytics are playing a prominent role in following the trends on the market and providing users with key statistics.

Data analysis and statistics traditionally play an important role in analyzing the success of companies and brands in the market.

The growth of internet…


Added by Diana Beyer on July 26, 2016 at 12:00am — No Comments

A methodology for solving problems with DataScience for Internet of Things - Part Two

Many thanks for the retweets and feedback on Part one of this blog 

A methodology for solving problems with DataScience for Internet of Things - Part One

Here is Part Two

Here we extend the discussion and also suggest a practical (and open) way to create a way forward

To recap, lets keep in mind the…


Added by ajit jaokar on July 25, 2016 at 9:54am — No Comments

List of 50+ Machine Learning APIs

This article was posted on Mashape by Chris Ismael. Chris is a developer evangelist with proven success and experience in technical evangelism, business development, and software development in the mobile industry. Wikipedia defines Machine Learning as “a branch of artificial intelligence that deals with the construction and study of…

Added by Emmanuelle Rieuf on July 24, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Weekly Digest, July 25

Monday newsletter published by Data Science Central. Previous editions can be found here.  The contribution flagged with a + is our selection for the picture of the week. 


  • Explore how government agencies are using predictive analytics to solve real-world problems at the sixth annual…

Added by Vincent Granville on July 23, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Analyzing Oscar Data


Contributed by Kelly Mejia Breton. She graduated from the NYC Data Science Academy …


Added by NYC Data Science Academy on July 22, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

12 Winning Tips to Clinch Your First Win in Data Science Competitions

Tips by 4 DataHack Winners


Nalin Pasricha, DataHack Rank 1

Nalin is an investment banker turned data scientist who currently works as an independent consultant.

He has participated in 17 hackathons at DataHack. He won  Data Hackathon 3.x and emerged as the 1st Runner Up in Black Friday DataHack.

Here’s what Nalin has to say:

  1. Our mind works…

Added by Sukanya Mohapatra on July 21, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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