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I sift through archives to find new ways of looking at old data. My current project is a novel visualization for an interactive search-and-sort "data workbench."
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Where The Cloud Meets The Grid

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:35am 0 Comments

Companies build or rent grid machines when data length doesn't fit into HDFS, or the latency of parallel interconnects is too slow in the cloud. This review explores the overlap of the two paradigms at the ends of the parallel processing latency spectrum. The comparison is almost poetic and leads to many other comparisons in languages, interfaces, formats, and hardware, but there is amazingly little overlap.

Your Laptop Is A Supercomputer

To put things in perspective,…


Your Data Science Portfolio: Math Skills Don't Matter

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 10:13am 9 Comments

TL;DR: A Data Scientist is a data pipeline plumber. Analytics are icing, not cake.

This article is written specifically for unemployed and underemployed graduates of math intensive subjects like physics and statistics. Others may have more to prove.

After writing my introductory reviews of ETL and…


Beyond The Visualization Zoo

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 12:00am 0 Comments

NOTE: This article is best viewed in Chrome. Firefox does not display some of the images.

The best document I have read on visualization is called "A Tour Through The Visualization Zoo" by Jeffrey Heer, Michael Bostock, Vadim Ogievetsky. It's a must-read picture book for aspiring Data Scientists. Most of the graphics from this post are examples of the Tour taken from the d3…


Your Data Science Portfolio: Be An Open Data Curator

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 3:30am 0 Comments

In the drive towards the semantic web, mailing lists are ripe, low hanging fruit. They are full of wisdom totally inaccessible to the casual user. To unlock this wealth of knowledge for our apps, we need it in a format like the Stack Exchange data dump.

This data dump format is to Stack Exchange what JSON is to JavaScript: an exchange format that spawns growth in ecosystems…


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