Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/08/2015

IBM Watson CTO: Quantum computing could advance artificial intelligence by orders of magnitude “Speaking to IBTimes UK at the recent Hello Tomorrow conference in Paris, IBM Watson’s chief technology officer Rob High said there was a “very natural synergy” between cognitive computing and quantum computing, revealing he hoped to one…

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Daily Math and Data Science Reading for 05/14/2015

Bilinear interpolation – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “In mathematics, bilinear interpolation is an extension of linear interpolation for interpolating functions of two variables (e.g., x and y) on a regular 2D grid.” tags: m interpolation Trey Causey – Software development skills for data scientists “Data scientists often come from diverse…

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Daily Math and Data Science Reading for 05/03/2015

Implementing the Five Most Popular Similarity Measures in Python – Dataconomy “Similarity is the measure of how much alike two data objects are. Similarity in a data mining context is usually described as a distance with dimensions representing features of the objects. If this distance is small, there will be…

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What I’m Reading on 01/26/2015

The Strangely Competitive World of Sci-Fi Writing Workshops | WIRED “Each summer budding authors flock to writing workshops like Clarion, Clarion West, and Odyssey, which help prepare students for a career in fantasy and science fiction by offering them the chance to work closely with established pros in the field.…

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The value of rotational assignments

What’s the best way to get a broader view of what happens in a company, an organization, or an industry? Certainly you can read a lot, and you must do this. However, actually working in a different area teaches you about what is and is not being handled well, how…

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Mentoring advice for a new year: 10 + 1 ideas

At some point in your life you go from being a person who is mentored to one who also is a mentor to others. I’ve had many corporate roles, so I’m usually not at a loss to have at least something to suggest to a younger colleague. Here are some…

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What I’m Reading on 04/19/2014

Johnny Depp Stars in ‘Transcendence’ – NYTimes.com “Johnny Depp, who’s built a brilliant career despite many of his lamentable film choices, may not be the first actor you think of to play a genius – much less humanity’s destroyer or savior. But he’s weirdly perfect in “Transcendence,” an inelegant, no…

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Monday Dylan: Thunder on the Mountain

I think this song has some of the best lyrics from the most recent phase of Dylan’s career: I got the porkchops, she got the pie She ain’t no angel and neither am I Shame on your greed, shame on your wicked schemes I’ll say this, I don’t give a…

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Starting your Bob Dylan musical library, updated

This weekend I was thinking about a post in my old archived blog where I made suggestions about what Bob Dylan albums to start with if you were building your musical library of his work. In that post I restricted myself to one album per decade, with one exception. When…

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Students ask: “Where do analytics get used?”

In the last few months I have given several talks to students getting graduate degrees in fields that involve analytics. For many of these students, their first question is “How do I get a job?”. Once we move beyond that, I talk about where analytics is used in companies. As…

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