All posts by Ryan Swanstrom

MIT Statistics and Data Science MicroMasters

MIT has recently launched Statistics and Data Science MicroMasters program. The program is a series of online MIT graduate courses offered via EdX. It officially starts in the fall of 2018.

Microsoft Weekly Data Science News for May 18, 2018

Here are the latest articles from Microsoft regarding cloud data science products and updates.

  • Azure Content Spotlight – What’s New with Cognitive ServicesThis weeks content spotlight is all about Azure Cognitive Services. Seth Juarez’s AI Show on Channel 9 provides regular updates on all the new AI features on the Azure platform, including Cognitive Services. See below a collection of the latest video’s …[Read More]
  • A Scalable End-to-End Anomaly Detection System using Azure Batch AIThis post is authored by Said Bleik, Senior Data Scientist at Microsoft. In a previous post I showed how Batch AI can be used to train many anomaly detection models in parallel for IoT scenarios … several Azure cloud services and Python code that …[Read More]
  • Azure.Source – Volume 31In addition, Cognitive Services add pre-built, cloud-hosted APIs for developers to add AI capabilities, including new services announced at Build. This post also covers Cognitive Search and Azure Machine Learning (ML) advancements. The Microsoft data …[Read More]
  • Azure Stack: the last mile in Hybrid CloudThese include Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services, exceptionally large HDInsight environments, and Microsoft Azure Data Lake Store. Services which are best consumed in a Hyperscale Cloud will run on Azure, while services that best fit an enterprise …[Read More]
  • Using Azure for Machine LearningI’m interested in learning more about AI, Data Science, and Machine Learning to improve … other interesting and useful products such as Microsoft IoT Hub, SQL Database, and Cognitive Services which I use a lot for Pantrylogs. You can really play …[Read More]
  • Use AU Analyzer for faster, lower cost Data Lake AnalyticsDo you use Data Lake Analytics and wonder how many Analytics Units your jobs should have been assigned? Do you want to see if your job could consume a little less time or money? The recently-announced AU Analyzer tool can help you today! See our recent …[Read More]
  • Simple and robust way to operationalise Spark models on AzureIt gives you everything that Open Source Spark does and then some. I’ve been especially enjoying the effortless ways to move large datasets around and the ease of MLlib for my AI-projects. One of the questions with the simpler models like regressions and …[Read More]
  • New AI Services in Azure for students and academics announced at Build 20181.Object Detection update to custom vision (preview) 2.Video Indexer (Paid Preview) 1.Bot Builder SDK v4 (preview) Bot Builder homepage or the Bot Builder …[Read More]
  • How Azure IoT helped me buy a new house – Part 1shares a personal story on how he used Azure IoT to figure out a solution to a problem that many of us face – high electric bills. In the series, Steve shares the process and code that he used to implement this solution. Telemetry data is an important …[Read More]

Microsoft Weekly Data Science News for May 12, 2018

It was a big week for Microsoft due to the Microsoft Build Live conference. Tons of exciting announcements for developers. Videos here, Build 2018 on YouTube.

Microsoft Weekly Data Science News for May 04, 2018

Here are the latest articles from Microsoft regarding cloud data science products and updates.

Microsoft Weekly Data Science News for April 27, 2018

Here are the latest articles from Microsoft regarding cloud data science products and updates. This week includes IoT hubs, Time Series Insights, Deep Learning Virtual Machine, Python sample code for cognitive services, and more.

Helpful Datasets for teaching Data Science – Link

Title says it all, Some datasets for teaching data science

Microsoft Weekly Data Science News for April 20, 2018

Here are the latest articles from Microsoft regarding cloud data science products and updates.

Why Start a Data Science Project?

A common popular technique for learning data science is starting a project. Here are the 3 E’s for why building a data science project is a good idea.

1. Experience

A data science project will expose you to all the stages of the data science process. You will need to start with the identification of an interesting question or problem. Then you will have to find and collect the necessary data. After that, cleaning and modeling the data is important. Finally, the result needs to be presented (this is called deployment).

Employers always want experience, and a project can provide that.

2. Education

Once a project is started, there is always something new to learn. For example, the project will have data. Where do you store that data? It might need a database. Should you use a cloud database or install one locally. You will have to learn how to do that. Another example, after you have collected your data, you might realize some rows are incomplete. Then you will have to look into methods for dealing with missing data. This will require more learning.

A project provides a better learning environment than a list of courses because each new thing you learn has a reason and a purpose. To follow the examples from above: You know why you are creating a database and you know why missing data is important.

3. Enjoyment

Make sure to pick a project that is interesting to you. This decision will make the project more enjoyable. If you enjoy sports, maybe build a project around fantasy sports. Sports are filled with data. If you enjoy reading, build something around books, authors, or magazines. If exercise is your thing, build an app to predict your progress. Plus, if you find an answer to your question, it is always fun to solve something.

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What are the Goals of Building a Personal Data Science Project? – Data Science Question

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Microsoft Weekly Data Science News for April 13, 2018

Here are the latest articles from Microsoft regarding cloud data science products and updates.