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Why Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read this book about religion

Zuckerberg's book club, A Year of Books, has focused on big ideas that influence society and business. For his 16th pick, he's gone with "The Varieties Of Religious Experience" by William James (1842-1919).<p>During his tenure at Harvard, James became the most famous American philosopher and …

A Neural Network in 11 lines of Python (Part 1)

<b>Summary:</b> I learn best with toy code that I can play with. This tutorial teaches backpropagation via a very simple toy example, a short python …

The Definitive Guide to Do Data Science for Good

by Tobias Pfaff | 8 min readYou are a fully-equipped (or aspiring) data scientist and want to use your precious skills for solving problems that …

The Code Behind Building a FiveThirtyEight post

The Code Behind Building a FiveThirtyEight post

Tracking down the Villains: Outlier Detection at Netflix

Shadows in the GlassFinding a Rabbit in a SnowstormHow DBSCAN WorksHow We Use DBSCAN <br>• Parameter SelectionInto the RingThe Ones We Leave BehindWorld on …

Cloud Machine Learning Wars: Amazon vs IBM Watson vs Microsoft Azure

In two previous posts, I covered the emerging industry of cloud-based machine learning solutions. First, I covered Microsoft's Azure Machine Learning …

Machine Learning

How to Take Amazing Vacation Photos With Your Phone

<i>Roberto Trm / Flickr</i><p>There may be no better travel companion than your smartphone. Beyond putting useful information at your fingertips, these devices allow you to take detailed, high-quality images on the fly, often replacing bulky digital SLR cameras. While the smartphone camera's point-and-shoot …

The Science of Conquering Your Greatest Fears

Many things scare me: the huge rock at the bottom of Boulder Garden on Colorado’s Gunnison River that has flipped my kayak numerous times; the chutes off the stormy top of the Big Sky tram; sullen men with clubs who lurk in Kenya’s Ngong Hills (I met them a while back).<p>Can a scientist in an …

Habits (Stay High)

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

From the self-affirmations of Stuart Smalley on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> to countless videos on YouTube, saying nice things to your reflection in the mirror is a self-help trope that's been around for decades, and seems most often aimed at women. The practice, we're told, can help us like ourselves and …