satRday (Paris) 2019

21 February 2019 Arrived in Paris rather late after catching the Eurostar from London. Trip nearly started on a bad note when I underestimated the time required to checkin, get through passport control and security. Sat down on the train literally as it departed. 22 February 2019 Early start, working on my tutorial for satRday. When the Sun came up I went out for a trot, primarily to get acquainted with the neighbourhood but also to locate the grave of Jim Morrison.

@pyconza (2018): Data Science and Bayes with Python

I’ve just returned from PyConZA (2018), held at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg North (Johannesburg) on 11-12 October. A great conference with a super selection of talks and great catering. Obviously when the PyCon call for papers came out I was feeling ambitious because I submitted a Workshop and a Talk. They were both accepted, so that put the pressure on a bit. Workshop I gave a full day pre-conference workshop on 10 October entitled “Introduction to Python for Data Science”.

eRum (2018) Top Twenty

My Top 20 highlights about eRum (2018) in Budapest.

Analysis of Feedback from satRday [Cape Town] 2017

We recently announced the second satRday (Cape Town) conference scheduled to take place on 17 March 2018. Obviously we want this to be bigger and better than this year’s event, so we are paying careful attention to the feedback that we received from the first event. This is a quick analysis of the feedback. We sold 192 tickets and gave out 11 complimentaries to the event. There were 107 responses to the feedback survey, which means that we heard back from more than half of the people who attended, which is hopefully a representative sample.

Bulgaria Web Summit

The Bulgaria Web Summit happened on 7 and 8 April 2017 at the Inter Expo Center in Sofia, Bulgaria.

satRday Cape Town: Call for Submissions

satRday Cape Town will happen on 18 February 2017 at Workshop 17, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.

Constructing a Word Cloud for ICML 2015

Word clouds have become a bit cliché, but I still think that they have a place in giving a high level overview of the content of a corpus. Here are the steps I took in putting together the word cloud for the International Conference on Machine Learning (2015).

ICML 2015 (Lille, France): Day 5 (Workshops)

ICML 2015 (Lille, France): Day 4

Sundry notes from the fourth day of the International Conference for Machine Learning (ICML 2015) in Lille, France. Some of this might not be entirely accurate. Caveat emptor. Celeste: Variational inference for a generative model of astronomical images (Jeffrey Regier, Andrew Miller, Jon McAuliffe, Ryan Adams, Matt Hoffman, Dustin Lang, David Schlegel, Prabhat) Colour modelled as a 4 dimensional vector. The Physics (Planck’s Law) places some constraints on the components of these vectors.

ICML 2015 (Lille, France): Day 3

Selected scribblings from the third day at the International Conference for Machine Learning (ICML 2015) in Lille, France. I’m going out on a limb with some of this, since the more talks I attend, the more acutely aware I become of my limited knowledge of the cutting edge of Machine Learning. Caveat emptor. Adaptive Belief Propagation (Georgios Papachristoudis, John Fisher) Belief Propagation describes the passage of messages across a network.

ICML 2015 (Lille, France): Day 2

Some notes from the second day at the International Conference for Machine Learning (ICML 2015) in Lille, France. Don’t quote me on any of this because it’s just stuff that I jotted down during the course of the day. Also much of the material discussed in these talks lies outside my field of expertise. Caveat emptor. Two Big Challenges in Machine Learning (Léon Bottou) Machine Learning is an Exact Science.

ICML 2015 (Lille, France): Day 1 (Tutorials)

Started the day with a run through the early morning streets of Lille. This city seems to wake up late because it was still nice and quiet well after sunrise. Followed by a valiant attempt to sample everything on the buffet breakfast. I’ll know where to focus my attention tomorrow. ICML2015 The first day of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2015) in Lille consisted of tutorials in two parallel streams.