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Information and Entropy

Nov 2017, in Machine Learning, Workshop

Information and Entropy Welcome! This workshop is from Winder.ai. Sign up to receive more free workshops, training and videos. Remember the goal of data science. The goal is to make a decision based upon some data. The quality of that decision depends on our information. If we have good, clear information then we can make well informed decisions. If we have bad, messy data then our decisions will be poor.

Introduction to Python and Jupyter Notebooks

Nov 2017, in Machine Learning, Workshop

Introduction to Python and Jupyter Notebooks Welcome! This workshop is from Winder.ai. Sign up to receive more free workshops, training and videos. This workshop is a quick introduction to using Python and Jupyter Notebooks. Python For most Data Science tasks there are two competing Open Source languages. R is favoured more by those with a mathematical background. Python is preferred by those with a programming background; all of my workshops are currently in Python.

Why Correlating Data is Bad and What to do About it

Nov 2017, in Machine Learning, Workshop

Correlating Data Welcome! This workshop is from Winder.ai. Sign up to receive more free workshops, training and videos. Correlations between features are bad because you are effectively telling the model that this information is twice more important than everything else. You’re feeding the model the same data twice. Technically it’s known as multicollinear, which is the generalisation to any number of features that could be correlated. Generally correlating features will decrease the performance of your model, so we need to find them and remove them.

Root Cause Analysis: The 5-Whys

Nov 2017, in Machine Learning, Workshop

Root Cause Analysis: The 5-Whys Deciding what problem you should try and solve is one of the hardest steps to get right in Data Science. If you get it wrong, then you’ll spend significant amounts of time free wheeling around the rest of the data science process and end up with something that nobody wants or cares about. There is nothing worse that someone suggesting that your work has no value.

Probability Distributions

Oct 2017, in Machine Learning, Workshop

Probability Distributions Welcome! This workshop is from Winder.ai. Sign up to receive more free workshops, training and videos. This workshop is about another way of presenting data. We can plot how frequent observations are to better characterise the data. Imagine you had some data. For sake of example, imagine that is a measure of peoples' height. If you measured 10 people, then you would see 10 different heights. The heights are said to be distributed along the height axis.

Mean and Standard Deviation

Oct 2017, in Machine Learning, Workshop

Mean and Standard Deviation Welcome! This workshop is from Winder.ai. Sign up to receive more free workshops, training and videos. This workshop is about two fundamental measures of data. I want to you start thinking about how you can best describe or summarise data. How can we best take a set of data and describe that data in as few variables as possible? These are called summary statistics because they summarise statistical data.

Why do we use Standard Deviation?

Oct 2017, in Machine Learning, Workshop

Why do we use Standard Deviation and is it Right? It’s a fundamental question and it has knock on effects for all algorithms used within data science. But what is interesting is that there is a history. People haven’t always used variance and standard deviation as the defacto measure of spread. But first, what is it? Standard Deviation The Standard Deviation is used throughout statistics and data science as a measure of “spread” or “dispersion” of a feature.

Research-Driven Development: Improve the Software You Love While Staying Productive

Oct 2017, in Software Engineering, Talk

Abstract Have you ever wondered which parts of your job you love or hate? Chances are that like most developers you love learning and new problems to solve. You hate monotony and bureaucracy. You’ve probably put strategies in place to mitigate the things you don’t like. An anarchic development process like Agile, to reduce the amount of time in meetings. But have you ever thought about the way in which you approach learning and problem solving?

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Oct 2017, by phil-winder, in Data Science, Talk

If you ask anyone what they think AI is, they’re probably going to talk about sci-fi. Science fiction has been greatly influenced by the field of artificial intelligence, or A.I.

Probably the two most famous books about A.I. are I, Robot, released in 1950 by Isaac Asimov and 2001: A Space Odyssy, released in 1968 by Arthur C. Clarke.

I, Robot introduced the three laws of robotics. 1) A robot must not injure a human being, 2) a robot must obay the orders, except where the orders would conflict with the First Law and 3) a robot must protect its own existance as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

2001: A Space Odyssey is a story about a psychopathic A.I. called HAL 9000 that intentionally tries to kill the humans on board a space station to save it’s own skin, in a sense.

But the history of AI stems back much further…

The Meaning of (Artificial) Life: A Prelude to What is Data Science? - GOTO Copenhagen

Oct 2017, in Data Science, Talk

Abstract The Hitchhiker’s Guide says the meaning of life is 42. Considering that the field of Data Science is going through a period of exponential growth it too could soon find that the meaning of an artificial life is also 42. But if you are not involved on a day-to-day basis, the expansion can seem bewildering. The story of how disparate disciplines have combined to produce Data Science is fascinating.