Data liquidity in the age of inference

It’s a special time in the evolutionary history of computing. Oft-used terms like big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence have become popular descriptors of a broader underlying shift in information processing. While traditional rules-based computing isn’t going anywhere, a new computing paradigm is emerging around probabilistic inference, where digital reasoning is learned from sample data rather than hardcoded with boolean logic. This shift is so significant that a new computing stack is forming around it with emphasis on data engineering, algorithm development, and even novel hardware designs optimized for parallel computing workloads, both within data centers and at endpoints.

Some Social Network Analysis with Python

The following problems appeared in the programming assignments in the coursera course Applied Social Network Analysis in Python. The descriptions of the problems are taken from the assignments. The analysis is done using NetworkX.

Instacart Market Basket Analysis, Winner’s Interview: 2nd place, Kazuki Onodera

Our recent Instacart Market Basket Analysis competition challenged Kagglers to predict which grocery products an Instacart consumer will purchase again and when. Imagine, for example, having milk ready to be added to your cart right when you run out, or knowing that it’s time to stock up again on your favorite ice cream. This focus on understanding temporal behavior patterns makes the problem fairly different from standard item recommendation, where user needs and preferences are often assumed to be relatively constant across short windows of time. Whereas Netflix might be fine assuming you want to watch another movie similar to the one you just watched, it’s less clear that you’ll want to reorder a fresh batch of almond butter or toilet paper if you bought them yesterday. We interviewed Kazuki Onodera (aka ONODERA on Kaggle), a data scientist at Yahoo! JAPAN, to understand how he used complex feature engineering, gradient boosted tree models, and special modeling of the competition’s F1 evaluation metric to win 2nd place.

A Solution to Missing Data: Imputation Using R

Handling missing values is one of the worst nightmares a data analyst dreams of. In situations, a wise analyst ‘imputes’ the missing values instead of dropping them from the data.

How to escape saddlepoints efficiently

Michael Jordan discusses recent results in gradient-based optimization for large-scale data analysis.

Exploratory Data Analysis of Tropical Storms in R

The disastrous impact of recent hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, generated a large influx of data within the online community. I was curious about the history of hurricanes and tropical storms so I found a data set on and started some basic Exploratory data analysis (EDA). EDA is crucial to starting any project. Through EDA you can start to identify errors & inconsistencies in your data, find interesting patterns, see correlations and start to develop hypotheses to test. For most people, basic spreadsheets and charts are handy and provide a great place to start. They are an easy-to-use method to manipulate and visualize your data quickly. Data scientists may cringe at the idea of using a graphical user interface (GUI) to kick-off the EDA process but those tools are very effective and efficient when used properly. However, if you’re reading this, you’re probably trying to take EDA to the next level. The best way to learn is to get your hands dirty, let’s get started.

Multi-Dimensional Reduction and Visualisation with t-SNE

t-SNE is a very powerful technique that can be used for visualising (looking for patterns) in multi-dimensional data. Great things have been said about this technique. In this blog post I did a few experiments with t-SNE in R to learn about this technique and its uses. Its power to visualise complex multi-dimensional data is apparent, as well as its ability to cluster data in an unsupervised way. What’s more, it is also quite clear that t-SNE can aid machine learning algorithms when it comes to prediction and classification. But the inclusion of t-SNE in machine learning algorithms and ensembles has to be ‘crafted’ carefully, since t-SNE was not originally intended for this purpose. All in all, t-SNE is a powerful technique that merits due attention.

30 Essential Data Science, Machine Learning & Deep Learning Cheat Sheets

This collection of data science cheat sheets is not a cheat sheet dump, but a curated list of reference materials spanning a number of disciplines and tools.