Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?
R has been around for a long time and has long been a standard.
Pythons sklearn is indeed an 'emerging star'.
Personally I use both.
Also have a look at some of the many stand alone tools vowpal wabbit (blazingly fast for regression learning, scales to ridiculous amounts of data) is superb, as is sofia-ml (for clustering, again scales quite well)
I tie them all together in python, since there are python bindings for R, and you can use pythons 'Subprocess' module to pipe commands and data for commandline tools that don't have python bindings.
There are other useful tools as well - I use Weka for some of my initial visualization and when I'm feeling lazy and want a quick result.
Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba
The ban has nothing to do with 'Cold War tensions' it is because Cuban immigrants to Florida hate Castro for the property that he nationalized - and pissing off those voters risk losing Florida in federal elections (and thus losing the Presidential election). Thus draconian prohibitions related to Cuba stay in place.
Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba
So what are the legal consequences for this?
Personally I'd like to visit Cuba but haven't, in part due to the illegality.
If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap
"There is not a fixed number of jobs in an economy."
There is demand elasticity for labor, but it is not related to availability of labor it is related to demand for goods and services, not availability of labor. The demand for labor is essentially fixed or decreasing without some sort of driver for demand. Immigration can be a source of demand, but it isn't necessarily a source of demand. Since most immigrants send much of their income to their home country they tend to be a net reduction in demand.
The reason unemployment is correlated to immigration is that countries relax immigration requirements when there is a shortage of labor.
First Movie of an Entire Brain's Neuronal Activity
I wouldn't call 20 years ago 'recent'.- Penrose Harmerhoff Orch Orr model was using the data on microtubules and anesthesia as support for the quantum conciousness theory in 1995.
Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones
3 million stolen last year, doubling compared to the previous year
Microsoft To Launch Machine Learning Service
Having used Weka, sklearn, vowpal wabbit, Orange, and lots of others - I'd say that Weka is my least favorite, it is slow and has crappy memory management. I do use it occassionaly for feature ranking and reduction, but rarely for the actual machine learning.
Pixar To Give Away 3D RenderMan Software
So what they really mean is that to increase adoption rate, they need more people trained on it.
R Throwdown Challenge
Look at ipython notebook,
it is a lot like the workflow for mathematica or R.
Look at pandas + scipy stack.
pandas replicates the functionality of R dataframes but integrates many features found in external R packages in a beatiful and intuitive way.
notebook + scipy stack (scipy, numpy, sklearn, matplotlib w seaborn or use ggplot if you prefer) + pandas is enough to largely eliminate the need for R for most people doing machine learning or statistical.analysis (there are still occassional times when I need something from R but it is rare).
R Throwdown Challenge
import pandas as pd
df = pd.read_csv("./foo", header=True, sep = ',')
Plaintiff In Tech Hiring Suit Asks Judge To Reject Settlement
They actually have this type of smoking gun in the emails from Apple to Google and from Google to Apple.
This is a ridiculously slam dunk case.
Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?
The two sites checkio and hackerrank can probably provide you some challenges. They will force you to learn some algorithms (trees, graphs, etc.) which will provide you with tools you need for more complex projects.
Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator
Since the essays are grading subject knowledge, and it takes subject knowledge to provide the keywords, it is fairly irrelevant if the essay happens to be structured in a manner that is nonsensical.
Demonstration of deeper understanding, if it needs to be tested, can be achieved via other types of questions.
How 3D Printer Maker Aleph Objects Pushes the Open Source Envelope
Most of the important patents are expired, the technology is taking off due to a combination of the relevant patents expiring and Moores law driving down the cost of key components.
Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska
This is probably to benefit hunting guides. With a drone, the need for a guide is greatly reduced, and there are lots of Alaskans who make money off of being hunting guides and related services.
Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP
This isn't the first time that international bodies have promised to protect a country's borders in return for it withdrawing from some territory, or giving up arms... but when it is time for those same international bodies to act they do not.
That isn't what was promised. What was promised is that the countries would make an appeal to the UN. Russia sits on the UN security council and has a veto, and thus the appeal to the UN has no effect.
Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!
Make our labor cheaper. If there is one application with adequate education for a job someone wishes to fill, the employee can have leverage for salary negotiation. If there are 1 million applicants, the employer can set the salary far lower.
For employees the better the quality the average education, the lower the salary that education demands.
The value of the education is more in a nations competitiveness with other nations. A nation can attract employers if it has lots of well educated people which increases productivity of the labor and drives the prices down for skilled labor.
Why Organic Chemistry Is So Difficult For Pre-Med Students
I absolutely suck at memorization, so what I did was learn the why of the reaction - which generally was just geometry based (which part of the electron cloud was physically easiest to access - ie steric hinderance); charge based (which atom most 'wanted' the electrons') and energy based (which configurations would be energetically stable with minimum strain and best sharing of electrons).
For my O-chem final - my brain almost completely forgot all of the standard reactions, but I was able to reconstruct reactions and what reactants and environments I needed based on what I wanted the molecule to do; and derive what products to expect based on the above method.
I was one of the people that found ochem easy, but pchem quite difficult.
Syrian Gov't Agrees To Russian Chem-Weapon Turnover Plan
Well, I'm no rocket expert. But there's a diagram in the linked report of the remnants of the 330mm rocket, and it makes a pretty convincing case that the rocket was loaded with chemical weapons and not with explosives.
Jane's did an analysis and basically concluded that the rockets could be chemical, Fuel Air Explosive, or conventional explosive with equal plausibility without any reason to conclude one was more likely than the other. FAE and some conventional explosives can evaporate/dissipate thus the hollow area that humanrights watch is claiming is chemical -can equally likely be the fuel for a fuel air explosive or a conventional explosive.
Obama Admin Says It Won't Fight Looser Marijuana Laws, With Conditions
Hell, I'm pro-legalization, but Obama's position does not constitutionally allow him to pick and choose which laws he will and will not enforce. Not that it's ever stopped him.
The government has limited resources and it is literally impossible to enforce all of the federal laws to the full extent. Therefore the government must prioritize enforcement. If some laws are so low in priority that there is no enforcement, then congress can increase funding for federal law enforcement officials if they really want those enforced.
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