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High school student builds interactive R class for the intimidated with the JHU DSL

April 27, 2016
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Annika Salzberg is currently a biology undergraduate at Haverford College majoring in biology. While in high-school here in Baltimore she developed and taught an R class to her classmates at the Park School. Her interest in R grew out of a project wher...

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An update on Georgia Tech’s MOOC-based CS degree

April 27, 2016
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This article in Inside Higher Ed discusses next steps for Georgia Tech’s ground-breaking low-cost CS degree based on MOOCs run by Udacity. With Sebastian Thrun stepping down as CEO at Udacity, it seems both Georgia Tech and Udacity might be moving in...

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Write papers like a modern scientist (use Overleaf or Google Docs + Paperpile)

April 21, 2016
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Write papers like a modern scientist (use Overleaf or Google Docs + Paperpile)

Editor’s note - This is a chapter from my book How to be a modern scientist where I talk about some of the tools and techniques that scientists have available to them now that they didn’t before. Writing - what should I do and why? Write using co...

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As a data analyst the best data repositories are the ones with the least features

April 20, 2016
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As a data analyst the best data repositories are the ones with the least features

Lately, for a range of projects I have been working on I have needed to obtain data from previous publications. There is a growing list of data repositories where data is made available. General purpose data sharing sites include: The open science ...

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Junior scientists – you don’t have to publish in open access journals to be an open scientist.

April 11, 2016
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Editor’s note - This is a chapter from my book How to be a modern scientist where I talk about some of the tools and techniques that scientists have available to them now that they didn’t before. Publishing - what should I do and why? A modern sc...

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A Natural Curiosity of How Things Work, Even If You’re Not Responsible For Them

April 8, 2016
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I just read Karl’s great post on what it means to be a data scientist. I can’t really add much to it, but reading it got me thinking about the Apollo 12 mission, the second moon landing. This mission is actually famous because of its launch, where...

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Not So Standard Deviations Episode 13 – It’s Good that Someone is Thinking About Us

April 7, 2016
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In this episode, Hilary and I talk about the difficulties of separating data analysis from its context, and Feather, a new file format for storing tabular data. Also, we respond to some listener questions and Hilary announces her new job. If you have ...

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Companies are Countries, Academia is Europe

April 5, 2016
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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the practice of data analysis in different settings and how the environment in which you work can affect the view you have on how things should be done. I’ve been working in academia for over 12 years now. I ...

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New Feather Format for Data Frames

March 31, 2016
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This past Tuesday, Hadley Wickham and Wes McKinney announced a new binary file format specifically for storing data frames. One thing that struck us was that, while R’s data frames and Python’s pandas data frames utilize different internal memo...

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How to create an AI startup – convince some humans to be your training set

March 30, 2016
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The latest trend in data science is artificial intelligence. It has been all over the news for tackling a bunch of interesting questions. For example: AlphaGo beat one of the top Go players in the world in what has been called a major advance for t...

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