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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. …


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 …

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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 …


Named Tuples in Python

When you need to represent a list of identical objects with different values, you start with a list of tuples. It’s an efficient way to hold a collection of related data. Tuples are like structures or records in other languages, …


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