Frequently when we’re working with a new client at Fishtown Analytics, it can be a bit overwhelming the number of tools that are required to do sophisticated analytics: event collection, ETL, warehousing, transformation, BI… Some companies try to resolve this complexity by buying a single monolithic product that promises to do all, or a majority of, these tasks. This is a very bad idea.
This post by Roundup reader David Wallace talks about why the only good option when assembling your data stack is to go best-of-breed. If you’re spending any time thinking about your analytics tech stack today, this is a must-read.
Did you miss the capsule networks flurry a month ago? Haven’t been following along with probabilistic programming? This list is a solid index of terms you should be familiar with—use it to fill in your gaps.
This 30-minute talk by Max Shron, the head of data science at Warby Parker, is awesome. In it, he focuses on answering the question “How do we make sure to build things of value?” This is the hardest question practitioners are struggling with on a day-to-day basis.
There are altogether too many posts talking about deep learning but all-to-few talking about deployment in real-world scenarios. This post is a collection of feedback from several practitioners when Matthew Mayo of KDNuggets polled his Linkedin network. My favorite quote:
These projects require a radically different approach than traditional IT. They are essentially R&D projects, and it is difficult to both project the timelines and set milestones. And forget about trying to manage them internally using the same old processes.
Recent progress in deep learning has been accompanied by a growing concern for whether models are fair for users, with equally good performance across different demographics. (…) We measure race and gender inclusion in the context of smiling detection, and introduce a method for improving smiling detection across demographic groups. (…) Our best-performing model defines a new state-of-the art for smiling detection, reaching 91% on the Faces of the World dataset.
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