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Data science is definitely in everyone’s lips and this time I had the opportunity of showcasing some of my thoughts, practices and interests at the Open Data Science Conference in London.
The event was very well attended by data scientists, engineers and developers at all levels of seniority, as well as business stakeholders. I had the great opportunity to present the landscape that newcomers and seasoned practitioners must be familiar with to be able to make a successful transition into this exciting field.
It was also a great opportunity to showcase “Data Science and Analytics with Python” and to get to meet new people including some that know other members of my family too.
Very pleased to see that finally the publication of my "Data Science and Analytics with Python" book has arrived.Read me...
Now Reading: "Weapons of Math Destruction" by Cathy O'Neil.
Very pleased to have given an intro talk on Data Science and Analytics at General Assembly yesterday.
Very pleased with the new TIE Pilot Helmet.
Will be a great complement for the AT-AT!Read me...
Shell Game in the LMC
An alluring sight in southern skies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is seen here through narrowband filters. The filters are designed to transmit only light emitted by ionized sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Ionized by energetic starlight, the atoms emit their characteristic light as electrons are recaptured and the atom transitions to a lower energy state. As a result, this false color image of the LMC seems covered with shell-shaped clouds of ionized gas surrounding massive, young stars. Sculpted by the strong stellar winds and ultraviolet radiation, the glowing clouds, dominated by emission from hydrogen, are known as H II (ionized hydrogen) regions. Itself composed of many overlapping shells, the Tarantula Nebula is the large star forming region at top center. A satellite of o ur Milky Way Galaxy, the LMC is about 15,000 light-years across and lies a mere 180,000 light-years away in the constellation Dorado.
Easing into the Christmas break, starting Christmas Eve with a bit of Copenhagen Gold Medal Rum.Read me...
No, this castle was not built with the Moon attached. To create the spectacular juxtaposition, careful planning and a bit of good weather was needed. Pictured, the last supermoon of 2016 was captured last week rising directly beyond one of the towers of Bellver Castle in Palma de Mallorca on the Balearic Islands of Spain. The supermoon was the last full moon of 2016 and known to some as the Oak Moon. Bellver Castle was built in the early 1300s and has served as a home -- but occasional as a prison -- to numerous kings and queens. The Moon was built about 4.5 billion years ago, possibly resulting from a great collision with a Mars-sized celestial body and Earth. The next supermoon, defined as when the moonappears slightly larger and brighter than usual, will occur on 2017 December 3 and be visible not only behind castles but all over the Earth.
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Not a bad day for a run. Although I have nor been training as hard as I should have, the time f0r the Windsor half marathon came very quickly. No excuses, no time to complain... I took my running shoes, monitor and some other bits an pieces and headed to Windsor. Perhaps it was too early on a Sunday morning... but as I said, no excuses.
The weather had been a bit rainy and I was pleased to see that the day was opening up quite nicely. "Goldie locks weather for a run" -> not too cold, not to hot, just right.
I am very pleased with my 2 hour and 23 minute time for the 13 mile race around Windsor Great Park... maybe next year I will train a bit harder! In the meantime, it's time for a rest and perhaps some nice food.Read me...
I have been meaning to post these pictures of the Old Mutual Cup test match between England and Wales on May 29th. It was a great day and England won 27-13 after a very shaky start. In the end England scored 5 tries, and despite the poor kicking of Mr Ford they managed to defeat Wales.Read me...
Juy! Is that a name‽ Oh well at least they got the order right!Read me...
What do I think when I hear the name "Ballet Folklórico de México"? Well, I think of colourful clothes, big smiles, joyful music and great "zapateado". I also think of Sunday TV and weirdly enough, school. I do remember the end-of-year festivals at school, when señorita Caballero would choreograph some traditional dances for us.
I was thus very pleased to see in the Guardian Weekend, that Ballet Folklórico was coming to London, and that it would be the first time in 20 years that they would be in the British Isles. I had never seen them live, so it was a great opportunity to do so, and boy was I pleased to have done so!
They had their show at the London Coliseum, the home of the English National Opera, and it was a great venue to hear some well-known songs. I was expecting great dancers, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear live music from start to finish.
The programme was divided into 9 distinct parts, going from Mariachis to pre-hispanic dances and indeed a lot of zapateado:
- Los Matachines: as many cultural expressions in Mexico, La Danza de los Matachines (also known as "Moros y Cristianos") is a clear mix of European and pre-hispanic influences. It is a popular dance in religious festivals in the North of the Country. The interpretation presented in London was simply superb.
- Guerrero-Guerrero: The name of one of the Mexican independence heroes; one of the states in the country is named after him and perhaps best known for places such as Acapulco. The company presented three parts here Solo de Mariquita, Las Amarillas and El Gusto.
- Mexican Revolution: There is no November 20th parade in Mexico without the mention of Adelita and Las Soldaderas. This makes reference to the brave women who joined the fight during the Mexican Revolution in 1910. I really liked the reference to the railways as an important means of transport for los revolucionarios.
- Charrería: Sometimes dubbed the "Mexican National Sport", Charrerías incorporate equestrian competitions and demonstrations, specific costumes and horse/cattle trappings, music, and food. I was truly amazed by the lasso skill of the main Charro who never stopped dancing.
- Fiesta en Tlacotalpan: Tlacotalpan is a town inthe state of Veracruz. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and the Ballet Folklóriko celebrated the traditional 2nd February Candelaria party with a Carnival. It was great to see real mojigangas on the stage. Even La Bamba made an appearance!
- Los Quetzales: A quetzal is a magnificent bird with beautiful plumage. And with just a few movements, I felt transported to Puebla de los Ángeles. Great headwear and lots of colour!
- Danzón and Jarana: Once again the mixing of cultures in Mexico brings a fantastic result and in this case Europe, Africa and the Caribbean give us dances such as Danzón and Jarana, from Veracruz to Yucatán.
- Danza del Venado: And from the South of the country, to the Sonora Dessert in the North. La Danza del Venado (or dance of the deer) is a visceral performance representing the hunt of a the deer by the Yaquis. Truly magical performance!
- Jalisco: If Mexico is known for anything in particular, it would definitely have to be for teh recognisable sombreros, and Mariachi music from Jalisco. How did I enjoy the Jarabe Tapatío, La Negra and Viva México.
What a great way to finish a fantastic performance. People could not be stopped from joining in from their seats. I am truly glad that I had a chance to join la fiesta while El Ballet Folklórico de México came to visit London. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did!
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Now reading: "The Physics of Rugby" by Trevor D. Lipscombe.Read me...
This Sunday I went to visit the National Gallery as I haven't been for a while.
I enjoyed the visit very much and I recommend it highly.Read me...
I had the chance to go for a morning run around the Thames; first time this summer! Yay1Read me...
I had the chance to go up 20 Fenchchurch Street building... better known as the Walkie-Talkie building last week and had a bite to eat in the Sky Garden in the 35th floor of the building. It is a very nice open area with gardens and a great view of London and the Thames. You have to book in advance, but it is free and it definitely is worth it. Here are some views!
With it being May 4th, I would like to wish you all a happy Star Wars day!Read me...
Some time last week I ended up having to go from Waterloo station to Embankment Pier... Long story... However, I took the opportunity to take a couple of panoramic shots from the Hungerford Bridge:
A banana coffee chocolate cake is about to go in the oven… Let’s see how it turns out.Read me...
DSI Talk with Dr Gautam Shroff 19/02/2015 - NOTICE: These are only notes and they may not make much sense out of context...
Current business themes - Digital imagination - Simplification - Governance - Suistainability
From = Data "raw material" to = Delivery "means"
- Internet of things
- Big Data
- Mobility, Cloud
- Buzz word of "analytics"
What does big data mean? Not that its a lot of data but its width -> High dimensional spaces.
Things to take into account:
- Data width v Data length
Real-time response v Strategic response
Simulation is very important although it is not traditionally in the arena of predictive analytics.
The typical path:
- analise historical customer transactions
- analyse historical offers
- predict each offer type probability
- for a desired cost-benefit ratio find unique customer-offer strategy
But that is not enough. In practice there are a number of external factors to take into account. So you try or simulate
The typical flow #predictive #analytics is prediction & optimisation. But the real challenge are external factors. So try or #simulate #DSI
Unfortunately trying is not a viable option for a number of businesses out there!
Agent-based modelling and Casual Analysis are not purely statistics, you need assumptions to set them up!
Detecting abnormal behaviour using deep learning. Look at Office power consumption: http://www.cs.ucr.edu/~eamonn/discords
EXAMPLE: Enterprise contextual intelligence: detecting specific event from twitter
- Supplier intelligence
- Detecting events that could adversely impact a supplier (fire, strike, flood, etc) and pushing these based on conversation/transactional context
- Context-aware information advertisements
- detecting nature user-activity; discerning need and pushing top relevant internal/external social network updates
- Correlating unstructured events with structured data
- detecting significant news events using entity-specific indicators and correlating them
I have had this 17-in MacBook Pro for a few years… perhaps about 8 years? Probably a bit more? In any case, I have it more as a memento than anything else as I have a more modern one these days. I still keep it updated and all the rest of it so I was rather surprised to get it out and see that the battery has effectively bursted!!! I hope the rest of the machine still works though :(
I got my Mendeley t-shirt, plus a tote bang and stickers. Thanks @mendeley_com.
Chris Hadfield is speaking at the Royal Geographical Society in London as part of the Guardian Live events. I managed to get a couple of great seats to hear him speak about his book "You are here". Looking forward to seeing the images he captured while at the ISS.Read me...
Yesterday I had the chance to attend the first Visualized.io conference in London. It was a fully packed day with lots of interesting speakers and fun people. The variety of the talks was quite good and most of the presentations were very well prepared. I was surprised at the bad use of video in a couple of the talk in the morning session, but apart from that it was all very good.
I ended up winning a print and it is not decorating one of the walls at home. You can see a picture at the end of the gallery below. The conference tool place at Protein in the heart of Hipsterland (aka Shoreditch) and it was a well attended event.
I particularly enjoyed the talk by David McCandless who turned out to be the mystery guest. Similarly, the presentation by Pascal Raabe about memories was very good and inspiring. Another good presentation was the "smelly" talk given by Kate McLean.
Andy Kirk gave a view about the Design of Time and you can see the slides here.
If you are interested in seeing what twitter was saying before, during and after the conference, check this page.
Finally, the conference was at Eventfire archived here, and I am surprised to see that I was the top contributor according to them! :DRead me...
I had the chance of going to a newly opened restaurant in Putney, near the rail station. It is a small place with good burritos and great cocktails. The deco is simple but effective and the guacamole is not bad!
I think I may come back!Read me...
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Hello knowledgable readers, I am wondering if you may know what these mushrooms are. They may be the cause of my cat having stomach problems. Anyway, do let me know what you think.Read me...
Now Reading: Alan Turing - The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Very good read
In today's Observer there was a supplement about cooking... I had a quick look and was quite surprised by some of the things they advertised... Some "tortilla baking trays" for the "Mexican Wave" of cooking (????) and stuff like that. They were all worthy of talking about but what really took my composure were the items recommended to make a casserole:
- Chef''s knife
- Poultry shears
- Garlic press
- ONION GOGGLES
- Herbs mincer
Yes, dear reader, ONION GOGGLES, without them your Casserole will literally make you cry! As much as the laughter I had when I saw this. Should you want to see for yourselves, just check the snap I took:
Enjoying some baseball at the AT&T park, watching the San Francisco Giants v Phillies http://t.co/NRFyvByh0f
This is the 2013-2014 instalment of the Project 365. I can't believe it has been three years of this already. I hope you enjoy!
Here is a link and you can find a video below:
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To celebrate the puzzle’s 40th anniversary, today’s Google Doodle is a fully-functional Rubik’s Cube! If you had a cube for every possible arrangement of the 54 colored squares, and you laid them end-to-end, those 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 cubes would extend 261 light years.
But no single Rubik’s cube can be configured to all of those Rubik’s universes.
If the traditional cube isn’t challenging enough for you, you can head over to the Chrome Cube Lab and try your digital hand at some other cubic puzzles.
The folks at Numberphile took an in-depth look at the math behind a Rubik’s Cube in a series of videos on YouTube.
Here is a video of the doodle Rubik's cube being solved:
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Very pleased with the post that arrived today. It looks like I am sorted for my healthy dose of geeky reading.
Great poster for the Marriott London Sevens Rugby, I particularly like the tentacles cheering up. Well done!
Born on December 3rd 180 years ago, Carlos Juan Finlay is the man who came up with the theory that yellow fever was spread by mosquitoes. Glad to see that a Google Doodle can help with letting people know about this important Cuban scientist.
Finlay's research on cholera and yellow fever didn't initially get much support. He suggested that yellow fever was carried by mosquitos and he suggested that cholera was waterborne. His work was proven later by the Walter Reed Commission and in 1902 Finlay became the chief health officer in Cuba. This confirmation paved the way for the eradication of yellow fever, creating the chance to save thousands of lives.
It seems there are a number of things to commemorate around this time. Not only the 10 years of England winning the rugby world cup but also 50 years of Dr Who.
And now Google celebrating the 50 years with a Google Doodle game! All with TARDIS sound effects and music! Brilliant!
It is true, it has been 10 long years since England won the Rugby World Cup against Australia. The memories may be good and the celebrations of the ten year anniversary are in full swing: round tables recalling the victory, charity match in Twickenham, DVDs, tweeting the match as live, and Strictly… maybe not the latter.
The 2003 winning team: Josh Lewsey, Jason Robinson, Will Greenwood, Mike Tindall, Ben Cohen, Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Dawson, Trevor Woodman, Steve Thompson, Phil Vickery, Martin Johnson (c), Ben Kay, Richard Hill, Lawrence Dallaglio, Mike Catt, Jason Leonard.
Rugby World Cup 2003: How the Guardin covered England’s victory
I quite like the look of the look of the new England #Rugby alternate shirt. Now you know!
Now reading Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott was published in 1884. Edwin Abbott Abbott used the pseudonymous "A Square" to talk about a two-dimensional world, pointing out observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian culture. However, the book's more enduring contribution is its examination of mathematical dimensions.