Interview with a Data Scientist – Ian Wong Open Door

(Reprint from last year) I interviewed the interesting and fascinating Ian Wong – he’s the technical co-founder of OpenDoor, which I personally think is amazing as a concept! 1. What project have you worked on do you wish you could go back to, and do better? Pretty much any project I’ve worked on in the… Continue reading Interview with a Data Scientist – Ian Wong Open Door

I’m lost, how do I learn to use the Cloud?

Learning to use the Cloud A common question from a Developer or a student is ‘how do I learn AWS or GCP’. For those of you who don’t know AWS – stands for Amazon Web Services and GCP stands for Google Cloud Platform. At the current moment in time I’ve no opinions on Azure from… Continue reading I’m lost, how do I learn to use the Cloud?

How do I visualise the results of a Bayesian Model: Rugby models in Arviz

I’ve been recently playing around with ‘arviz’. For those of you who don’t know Arviz is a library for exploratory analysis Bayesian Models. I’ve got a Bayesian model built – or someone has built one for me, how do I explore it? How do I plot it? This is the fundamental question that Arviz answers.… Continue reading How do I visualise the results of a Bayesian Model: Rugby models in Arviz

Building Full-Stack Vertical Data Products

I’ve been in the Data Science space for a number of years now, I first got interested in AI/Machine Learning in 2009 and have a background typical of a number of people in my field – I come from Physics and Mathematics. One trend I’ve run into both at Corporates and Startups is that there… Continue reading Building Full-Stack Vertical Data Products

Interview with a Data Scientist (Jeroen Latour)

I interviewed a former work colleague – Jeroen Latour. Jeroen is a Senior Data Scientist with a consultancy in the Netherlands called TriFinance and he will soon be joining the Booking.com team as a Data Scientist. He remarks on his analytics consultancy experience here which was formed both at IBM and TriFinance. 1. What project… Continue reading Interview with a Data Scientist (Jeroen Latour)

Sexism in Tech conferences

Writing about sexism in tech conferences is hard. Especially as a young white male. I can only speak anecdotally – but most women in the Tech industry I speak to, talk a bit about moments of subtle sexism or sometimes out-and-out harassment. As a member of the tech community I’m completely behind any promotion of… Continue reading Sexism in Tech conferences

Data Science as a Process

Hilary Mason one of the shining lights of the world of data science Tweeted recently  ‘Data people: What is the very first thing you do when you get your hands on a new data set?’  What I do when I get a new dataset is a recent article on the Simple Statistics blog, is a response… Continue reading Data Science as a Process

An interview with a data artisan

J.D.Long is the current AVP Risk Management at RenaissanceRe and has a 15 year history of working as an analytics professional. I sent him an interview recently to see what he would say. Good questions Peadar. Here’s a really fast attempt at answers: 1. What project have you worked on do you wish you could go back… Continue reading An interview with a data artisan

Observations on the connectedness of our world.

Scientifically focused geeks like myself,have a tendency to speak highly of the web. We see Skype, MSN, and Facebook as great technical marvels. Yet as someone like Tim Ferris or Cal Newport observe there is a price to this connectedness. Today for instance there was a family wedding in Ireland. I wasn’t able to attend… Continue reading Observations on the connectedness of our world.