From the frontmatter: We recommend this book! Deep Learning for Coders with fastai and PyTorch uses advanced frameworks to move quickly through concrete, real-world artificial intelligence or automation tasks. This leaves time to cover usually neglected topics, like safely taking models to production and a much-needed chapter on data ethics. […]

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One of my favorite mathematical anecdotes is the following story that Gian-Carlo Rota told about Solomon Lefschetz: He [Solomon Lefschetz] liked to repeat, as an example of mathematical pedantry, the story of one of E. H. Moore’s visits to Princeton, when Moore started a lecture by saying, “Let a be […]

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I’d like some feedback on a possible article or series. I am thinking about writing and/or recording videos on the measure theoretic foundations of probability. The idea is: empirical probability (probabilities of coin flips, dice rolls, and finite sequences) is fairly well taught and approachable. However, theoretical probability (the type […]

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I recently came across the thoughtful article “On Moving from Statistics to Machine Learning, the Final Stage of Grief”. It makes some good points, and is worth the read. However, it also reminded me of the unexamined claim “data science is statistics done wrong.” Frankly this is not the case, […]

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Data science is often a case of brining the tools to the problems and data, instead of insisting on bringing the problems and data to the tools. To support cross-language data science we have been working on cross-language tools, documentation, and training.

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Here is a small quote from Practical Data Science with R Chapter 1. It is often too much to ask for the data scientist to become a domain expert. However, in all cases the data scientist must develop strong domain empathy to help define and solve the right problems. Interested? […]

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In an off-topic post we would like to share a series of horror narrations based on Win Vector LLC’s very own Nina Zumel’s translations of Uruguayan author Horacio Quiroga. This is a free series produced by Rue Morgue The first is: “The Feather Pillow.” DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS IN […]

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We had such a positive reception to our last Introduction to Data Science promotion, that we are going to try and make the course available to more people by lowering the base-price to $29.99. We are also creating a 1 month promotional price of $20.99. To get a permanent subscription […]

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I’d like to share some new timings on a grouped in-place aggregation task. A client of mine was seeing some slow performance, so I decided to time a very simple abstraction of one of the steps of their workflow.

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What it is a second edition of a book to its authors? In some sense it is the book the authors thought they were writing the first time.

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