STEM - How to Introduce my 3rd and 4th Graders to Coding?

Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains. -Bill Gates. Chairman, Microsoft I recently had an inquiry from an astronomy-buff friend of mine who wanted to introduce his 3rd and 4th Graders to programming. Following Hanselman's advice of how many...

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A Workable Definition of Data Science

John Foreman in, Data Smart: Using Data Science to Transform Information into Insight works towards a A Workable Definition of Data Science, which is definitely an excellent read. To an extent, data science is synonymous with or related to terms like business analytics, operations research, business intelligence, competitive intelligence, data analysis and modeling, and knowledge extraction (also called knowledge...

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Data Science Hackathon

Online Data Science Hackathon - Apache Spark Maker Build This is a Global On-line Hackathon that Begins May 23, 2016 and Ends August 3, 2016.  Submissions Due August 3rd By 5:00 Pm Est. Build an Apache Spark application to address a real business problem or core concern related to customer care, marketing, risk management or...

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Exploring Spark with Data Science Work bench

Apache Spark is a general purpose cluster computing platform which extends map-reduce to support multiple computation types including but not limited to stream processing and interactive queries. Last week IBM's Moktar Kandil presented at the Tampa Hadoop and Tampa Data Science Group Joint meetup on the topic of exploring Apache Spark. Apache Spark for Azure HD-Insight Following are...

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State of Facial Recognition (Azure Face API et al) & Sentiment Analysis

Sam just wrote a precis on Why Facial Recognition Is the Next Big Thing in Marketing which outlines how brands are / can use the facial recognition to increase engagement, and therefore sales. From a machine learning and data science perspective, building algorithms which understand what one's face is really saying i.e. performing emotion analysis to find insight into purchasing patterns...

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The five Tribes of Machine Learning, and other algorithmic tales

Pedro Domingos' The Master Algorithm - How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World is an interesting and thought provoking book about the state of machine learning, data science, and artificial intelligence.   Categorizing,  classifying and clearly representing the ideas around any rapidly developing/evolving field is hard job. Machine learning with its...

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On Explainability of Deep Neural Networks

During a discussion yesterday with software architect extraordinaire David Lazar regarding how everything old is new again, the topic of deep neural networks and its amazing success was brought up. Unless one is living under a rock for past five years, the advancements in artificial neural networks (ANN) has been quite significant and noteworthy. Since the...

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