Yesterday's Deep Learning Indaba X in Cape Town was so stimulating - there is such a diversity of activity going on in this field in South Africa - wow! The final debate on what we can do to strengthen machine learning in Africa really got me thinking about the role of EDUCATION and I have... Continue Reading →

# Linear algebra – check!

It's been a quiet few weeks on this blog as I spent nearly every spare moment wrestling with the challenges of linear algebra - and I'm in a celebratory mood this afternoon having passed everything within time! I must say that, having some tentative foundational skills, I'm left with 2 main feelings: A tremendous sense of... Continue Reading →

# Deep Learning IndabaX Western Cape

Super-chuffed to be going to Deep Learning IndabaX Western Cape 6 April - can't wait 🙂

# A gem of a book :)

I've just bought this delightfully titled book: No bullshit guide to linear algebra by Ivan Savov. It's not necessarily easy learning everything you need to know about linear algebra for machine learning in 5 weeks (is that just me???) - so when I hit a bit of a brick wall in week 4 I went looking... Continue Reading →

# Yes I can API!

I have a "real" assignment (for work as opposed to study) to do some data visualizations using maps. It's been a journey of over a week to get to the place where I'm ready to start, and the journey has had some educational detours along the way that I thought I'd share. Naturally, because I'm... Continue Reading →

# 3Blue1Brown – thank you!

This resource was just recommended via Coursera Mathematics for Machine Learning: Linear Algebra, and all I can say is WOW! Animated math: it's slick, it's professional, it's cute, it makes you smile - and it makes it all seem so obvious :). I can heartily recommend you take the time if you need help on Linear Algebra. In... Continue Reading →

It's started! The long-awaited Mathematics for Machine Learning: Linear Algebra - and it was worth waiting for - great lectures and coursework so far... So excited to be learning this stuff :).

Are people craving interesting ways to visualize data? When I tell people I'm studying data science it seems to be the first thing that springs to mind - so I'm getting good practice in that area! Next challenge: map visualizations...

# Polar bar chart challenge

A big thanks to ujubee.com for challenging me to create a polar bar chart last week - I hadn't done one of these before, but the matplotlib polar_bar_demo documentation was most excellent - and you can see from the test sample below that the results are very pretty! If you're interested in a bit more... Continue Reading →