E-Book: Probabilistic Programming & Bayesian Methods for Hackers

The Bayesian method is the natural approach to inference, yet it is hidden from readers behind chapters of slow, mathematical analysis. Nevertheless, mathematical analysis is only one way to “think Bayes”. With cheap computing power, we can now afford to take an alternate route via probabilistic programming. Cam Davidson-Pilon wrote the book Bayesian Methods for…

Putting R in Production, by Heather Nolis & Mark Sellors

It is often said that R is hard to put into production. Fortunately, there are numerous talks demonstrating the contrary. Here’s one by Heather Nolis, who productionizes R models at T-Mobile. Her teams even shares open-source version of some of their productionized Tensorflow models on github. Read more about that model here. There’s another great…

Python vs. R for Data Science, by Norm Matloff

Cover image via Hacker Noon. Norm Matloff is a professor of Computer Science at University College Davis. He recently updated his viewpoint on whether R or Python is the best language for Data Science. While I normally hate those opinionated comparisons, Norm’s outline of the two languages’ (dis)advantages is actually quite balanced and well-versed. I…

Free Python Tutorials & Courses, by CourseDuck

CourseDuck founder Michael Kuhlman was nice enough to point me to their overview of curated (&free!) Python courses and tutorials. This overview is curated in the sense that all resources are rated by CourseDuck’s users. These ratings seem quite reliable, at least, I personally enjoyed their top-3 resources sometime the past years: University of Michigan…

Free Programming Books (I still need to read)

There are multiple unread e-mails in my inbox. Links to books. Just sitting there. Waiting to be opened, read. For months already. The sender, you ask? Me. Paul van der Laken. A nuisance that guy, I tell you. He keeps sending me reminders, of stuff to do, books to read. Books he’s sure a more…

GoalKicker: Free Programming Books

This specific link has been on my to-do list for so-long now that I’ve decided to just share it without any further ado. The people behind GoalKicker, for whatever reason, decided to compile nearly 100 books on different programming languages based on among others StackOverflow entries. Their open access library contains books on languages from…

#100DaysOfCode: Machine Learning & Data Visualization

2018 seemed to be the year of challenges going viral on the web. Most of them were plain stupid and/or dangerous. However, one viral challenge I did like: #100DaysOfCode 1. Code minimum an hour every day for the next 100 days. 2. Tweet your progress every day with the #100DaysOfCode hashtag. 3. Each day, reach…

Beating Battleships with Algorithms and AI

Past days, I discovered this series of blogs on how to win the classic game of Battleships (gameplay explanation) using different algorithmic approaches. I thought they might amuse you as well : ) The story starts with this 2012 Datagenetics blog where Nick Berry constrasts four algorithms’ performance in the game of Battleships. The resulting levels…

Debuggex: A regular expression testing tool

I came across this awesome regular expression tool I wanted to share. Debuggex allows you to interactively write, test and visually inspect what your regular expressions match in either Python, JavaScript, or Perl. Read more about regular expressions here, for instance their implementation in R.