Deus Ex Machina

Applications

Last week, I had the privilege of taking a sneak peak of IBM Watson Analytics; a cloud-based service that aims to provide data analysis for business users. It is very new and the beta version is yet to come out (although you can sign up). IBM says Watson Analytics is…

Machine Learning is Eating the World

Artificial Intelligence / Data Science / Machine Learning

When we talk about data science, people often think it's synonymous with machine learning. Clearly this isn't true - data science spans the spectrum from hacking to visualisation - but there's no denying that some of the most exciting advances are coming from developments in machine learning. At it's core,…

Having Some Fun with Social Network Using Data Science

Applications / Programming Languages / R / Social Media

For the ALS bucket challenge enthusiasts, Kunal Kain has done a working example of how to mine youtube for the data. Apparently, the challenge is about 5 or 10 times bigger than other recent viral phenomena. Another nice article I came across is Rob Weir's analysis, illustrating some interesting ways…

Deep Learning Starter

Artificial Intelligence / Data Science / Machine Learning

Deep learning has garnered a lot of attention recently, even from Google, who make their largest European acquisition when they bought DeepMind for $400 million at the beginning of the year. Part of this attention can be explained by the general rise in popularity of predictive analytics, but the recognition…

Data Science Workflow + Data Wrangling

Data Engineering / Data Wrangling / Programming Languages / R / Social Media

A good grasp of the data science workflow is important. Philip Guo has given a nice overview of this, discussing different key stages. Here is another workflow from Sebastian Raschka for supervised machine learning model. However, as Ben Lorica also points out, data analysis is just one component of the…

Will Artificial Intelligence Destroy Humanity?

Artificial Intelligence / Data Science / Machine Learning

Ethical issues abound in data science, as with any important and new technology, but they are often related to privacy and medical data. While the future impact of artificial intelligence might seem like a subject more suited to movies, it is becoming an ever more mainstream discussion. Last week, Tim…

Swimming In The Sea Of Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence / Data Science / Machine Learning

There are thousands of machine learning algorithms. How should one decide to what to use, especially when starting out in data science? In all truth, there is probably no shortcut for experience. However, there are many useful resources out there to get started. Scikit-learn does an algorithm cheat-sheet, as does…

Why Is Data Science Better Than Doing Science?

This was one of the questions asked at our Cambridge talk on Friday. It is an excellent question. It got me thinking and I think the complexity of the answer deserves a small paragraph here. For any comparisons, it makes sense to start by defining some criteria; in this case,…