Getting started with Python in Visual Studio Code

After several years of proscrastinating, the inevitable finally happened: Three months ago, I committed to learning Python! I must say that getting started was not easy. One afternoon three months ago, I sat down, motivated to get started. Obviously, the first step was to download and install Python as well as something to write actual…

Learn Programming Project-Based: Build-Your-Own-X

Last week, this interesting reddit thread was filled with overviews for cool projects that may help you learn a programming language. The top entries are: Build Your Own X, by Dani Stefanovic Project-based Learning, by Tu Tran Projects from Scratch, by Algory L. Project-based Tutorials in C, by Robby Awesome DIY Software, by Cameron Eagans…

Identifying “Dirty” Twitter Bots with R and Python

Past week, I came across two programming initiatives to uncover Twitter bots and one attempt to identify fake Instagram accounts. Mike Kearney developed the R package botornot which applies machine learning to estimate the probability that a Twitter user is a bot. His default model is a gradient boosted model trained using both users-level (bio, location, number of…