Articles by Paul van der Laken

Become a Data Science Professional

February 9, 2021 | Paul van der Laken

Amit Ness gathered an impressive list of learning resources for becoming a data scientist. It’s great to see that he shares them publicly on his github so that others may follow along. But beware, this learning guideline covers a multi-year process. Amit’s personal motto seems to be “Becoming ...
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How a File Format Exposed a Crossword Scandal

February 2, 2021 | Paul van der Laken

Vincent Warmerdam shared this Youtube video which I thoroughly enjoyed watched. It’s about Saul Pwanson, a software engineer whose hobby project got a little out of hand. In 2016, Saul Pwanson designed a plain-text file format for crossword puzzle data, and then spent a couple of months building a micro-data-pipeline, ...
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How most statistical tests are linear models

August 25, 2020 | Paul van der Laken

Jonas Kristoffer Lindeløv wrote a great visual explanation of how the most common statistical tests (t-test, ANOVA, ANCOVA, etc) are all linear models in the back-end. Jonas’ original blog uses R programming to visually show how the tests work, what the linear models look like, and how different approaches ...
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Best Tech & Programming Talks Ever

July 21, 2020 | Paul van der Laken

Every now and then, Twitter will offer these golden resources. Ashley Willis recently asked people to name the best tech talk they’ve ever seen and the results are a resource I don’t want to lose. Hundreds of people responded, sharing their contenders for the title. Below, I selected ... [...Read more...]

100 Python pandas tips and tricks

June 30, 2020 | Paul van der Laken

Working with Python’s pandas library often? This resource will be worth its length in gold! Kevin Markham shares his tips and tricks for the most common data handling tasks on twitter. He compiled the top 100 in this one amazing overview page. Find the hyperlinks to specific sections below! Quicklinks ...
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