I am excited to share my guest lecture for Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois STAT 447: Data Science Programming Methods. And thank you to Dirk Eddelbuettel for inviting me! The talk was titled “Data Science: Street Fighting Statistics” and demonstrates two simple supervised modeling tasks in R. […]

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A central data science engineering problem is how to organize general data into columns for analysis. I often refer to this as denormalization, or the deliberate arranging of data so all entries of a record are in a single row in a single table. In this note I will write […]

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We have had some trouble with some articles being damaged or hard to access in the Win Vector blog. I (John Mount) do want to apologize for that. In particular the graphs are missing for Dr. Nina Zumel’s wonderful y-aware Pricipal Components regression series. The complete R .md and .Rmd […]

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I would like to share what I have found to be a very effective personal Jupyter workflow for data science development. DALL-E “An Effective Personal Jupyter Data Science Workflow” Jupyter (nee IPython) workbooks are JSON documents that allow a data scientist to mix: code, markdown, results, images, and graphs. They […]

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I (John Mount) am recommending a book that I just started reading. The publisher Manning recently reached out to me and asked if I would accept a free copy of Effective Data Science Infrastructure by Ville Tuulos in exchange for considering helping to promote it. No obligation to promote it, […]

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One of the great conveniences of performing a data science style analysis using Jupyter is that Jupyter notebooks are literate containers that combine code, text, results, and graphs. This is also one of the pain points in working with Jupyter notebooks with partners or with source control. That is: Jupyter […]

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Taking a break from weekend’s Elden Ring gaming to work out the probability of winning a tournament. The article can be found here: Some Math Inspired by Losing in Elden Ring. It is a variation on a “persuasion by calculation of examples” style I am working on.

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Introduction The data algebra is a Python system for designing data transformations that can be used in Pandas or SQL. The new 1.3.0 version introduces a lot of early checking and warnings to make designing data transforms more convenient and safer. An Example I’d like to demonstrate some of these […]

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Introduction A surprisingly tricky problem in doing data science or analytics in the database are situations where one has to re-map a large number of columns. This occurs, for example, in the vtreat data preparation system. In the vtreat case, a large number of the variable encodings reduce to table-lookup […]

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