Book Review: DEEP WORK by Cal Newport

“Deep work is necessary to wring every last drop of value out of your current intellectual capacity” This is a fantastic read, with strong arguments and practical advice and guidance on how to increase your capacity for deep work, in order to lead a more productive and fulfilling life. A state of deep work is…

Book Review: THE BOOK OF WHY by Judea Pearl

“Another advantage causal models have that data mining and deep learning lack is adaptability“ Judea Pearl, along with Dana Mackenzie, provide an insightful and thought provoking view of Causal Inference. Judea Pearl is well known for his contributions to AI, Bayesian Networks and Causal Analysis. He challenges and questions many beliefs held by statisticians, and…

Book Review: REWORK by Jason Fried & David H. Hansson

“We have something new to say about building, running and growing (or not growing) a business” This book offers some sage advice for anyone who’s ever thought of starting their own business. It makes for a light and entertaining read by the owners of 37 Signals. The focus is primarily effectively based on the Japanese…

Book Review: WHEN by Daniel H. Pink

“This book is about timing. We all know that timing is everything. Trouble is, we don’t know much about about timing itself” This is an interesting read about the best times of day to make optimum decisions. These timings are based on whether you’re a ‘Lark’, ‘Owl’ or ‘Third Bird’, which inform your ‘peak-trough-rebound’ schedule,…

Book Review: TEAM OF TEAMS by General Stanley McChrystal

“This was not a war of planning and discipline (Iraq 2004), it was one of agility and innovation” This is a fun and insightful read on modern approaches to management and leadership. The main premise is that traditional hierarchical management techniques, ie command and control, are outdated, and that collaboration and team work are key…

Exponentially Logarithmic – Lifting the Lid on some Bloom Filter Derivations

In one of my previous posts on Bloom Filters, I stated the expressions for both the False Positive rate, ie $$p \approx \left( 1 – e^{\frac{-kn}{m}} \right)^{k}$$ and the optimal number of hash functions, ie $$k = \frac{m}{n} \ln 2$$ In this post I will detail the derivations of both expressions. Derivation of the False…

Bridging the Graph

I’ve been lucky enough to have worked on many interesting and challenging projects throughout my career, especially in the space of detecting “bad” people. As one can imagine, much focus is placed on detecting persons of interest in the government sector. After all, you can’t ensure national security, for instance, without being able to detect…

In Bloom – Nirvana?

I recently discussed how Confidential Computing allows us to analyse and use data without actually seeing it. A key component of Confidential Computing is Privacy-Preserving Record Linkage (PPRL), and one of the most widely used techniques within PPRL is the Bloom Filter (BF), which is the focus of this post. The aim is to give an overview of…

Interview with Felipe Flores (Founder of Data Futurology)

Felipe Flores is the founder and podcast host of Data Futurology, a podcast targeted at helping Data Scientists become successful leaders. As the former Head of Data Science at ANZ bank, and a former consultant, he shares some incredible insights, and offers valuable advice, to Data Scientists at any stage of their career. You recently…