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Pandas-monium: Analyzing Data with the Python Pandas Package (Part 1 of 2)

Tired of your fellow humans being probed by aliens? It’s time to probe back! Well, at least, probe the data on UFO sightings. To do this, we’ll show-case one of the most popular open source tools for analyzing data: the …


How big is the ‘Big’ in Big Data?

When teaching our data science course, we are frequently asked: ‘what is Big Data?’ There is a lot of interest — and hyperbole — surrounding the topic. For better or worse, we live in a world of ever-increasing data collection. …


Fraud Detection using Python

An important issue confronting retailers and other businesses today is the preponderance of credit card fraud. This issue recently hit home, as my son was a victim a week prior to me writing this. We can apply machine learning to …


What IS a Data Scientist?

The title of ‘Data Scientist’ is one of those sexy, evolving, roles that no-one seems to be able to characterize definitively. More accurately: just about everyone has their own definition. If you ask four practitioners in the data space, you’ll …


Gambling, Games, and Statistics

My first statistics textbook was a friend’s inexpertly photocopied “Dungeon Masters Guide,” by Gary Gygax (piracy took more effort back then). In those brutal days, you generated the attributes of your character by rolling three six-sided dice and adding them. …


Interpreting Results from Linear Regression – Is the data appropriate?

Whether you are fairly new to data science techniques or even a seasoned veteran, interpreting results from a machine learning algorithm can be a trying experience. The challenge is making sense of the output of a given model. Does that …


The Many Faces of Python (And How to Manage Them)

Python is Definitely Not a Snake What is Python? You probably know it’s a programming language. But is Python a program? A language? An ecosystem? It’s all of these and more. What is the actual software that lets us create …


Pyparseltongue: Parsing Text with Pyparsing

Text Parsing Tools Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems. –Jamie Zawinski, 1997 I don’t actually agree with Mr. Zawinski – I’ve been using regular expressions successfully for …


Pandas and Bandwidth in Python Tutorial: Plotting the Results of Internet Speed Tests

Prologue: We all hate the cable company. For the past few months we’ve had to reboot the cable modem every week or so. Nerd that I am, I went out and bought a new cable modem. I hooked it up …


Djumping into Django

What is Django? Django is a Web framework like Rails, Spring, or ASP.NET MVC, but for Python. Using Django, you can quickly develop a Web application whose data (models) is stored in the database of your choosing, using templates for …


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