Deep Learning, Shallow Beauty?

I had an interesting discussion today with a few PhD students from my group. I was reminiscing about how the world of analytics looked before the advent of Machine Learning/Deep Learning. I talked about some of the research I did as part of my PhD, many years ago now, which involved finding analytical and semi-analytical…

So you’ve landed your first Data Science role, now what?

How exciting, after all that study, spending umpteen hours watching MOOC videos, and praying at the Andrew Ng statue you have in your room, you’ve finally landed your first illustrious role as a sexy Data Scientist, congratulations! Hmmm… now what? To get you started on your journey, I’ve compiled some wisdom that I often share…

Why you should do all your Machine Learning/Deep Learning in Pascal

I know what you’re thinking, “not ANOTHER post telling me which programming language to use!“ Don’t worry, I plan to discuss the opposite actually i.e. why you shouldn’t be so concerned about which ‘tool’ you’re using, and in addition, I’ll offer three pieces of essential advice. There’s a great deal of obsession throughout the Data…

Some Important Lessons on Improving your Learning

There have been some great advances in recent times on the most optimal ways to increase your learning of new material. This field is of particular interest to me, given that my role involves convening and lecturing various universities courses, and teaching specialist courses to the public and private sectors. As an educator, my role…

Book Recommendations

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh An incredible memoir on the author trying to understand why she grew up poor in rural America, given it’s the richest country on earth. Eat & Run by Scott Jurek An entertaining and insightful read on ultra-running, and to learn why some athletes torture themselves so much. Great motivation for all…

Book Recommendations

Below is a list of some books I’ve read over the past month or so that I highly recommended: Factfulness by Hans Rosling: This book argues a positive way to see the world, along with supporting data, which tends to be the opposite of our perceptions through media. A key part of this is that…

Book Review: SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari

“One of history‚Äôs few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations.” One of the key elements of the book is to argue how we, humans, became so successful as species as a result of a “cognitive revolution”, based on our ability to unite en masse around common “myths”…

Book Review: QUIET by Susan Cain

“Introverts prefer to work independently, and solitude can be a catalyst to innovation” This is an engaging, informative and insightful book which helps introverts understand themselves, and how to succeed in a predominantly extroverted world. Cain argues that¬†introverts tend to be highly undervalued, particularly in leadership positions and that introversion is considered a second-class personality…