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New to Machine Learning? Avoid these three mistakes

Common pitfalls when learning from data<p>Machine learning (ML) is one of the hottest fields in data science. As soon as ML entered the mainstream …

The Google Way of Attacking Problems

One Friday afternoon in 2002, long before his company became a household verb, Larry Page walked into the office kitchen and posted some printouts of results from Google’s AdWords engine. On top, in big bold letters, he wrote, “THESE ADS SUCK.”<p>In most companies, this would be seen as cruel — an …

How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner – the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near. And there’s the client whose phone call you really should return – the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time. Wait, weren’t you going to try to go to the gym …

How to Find Gratitude in the Midst of Challenges

If you live in the United States, you'll probably be celebrating Thanksgiving Day this Thursday.<p>We have so much to be grateful for, and Thanksgiving is a nice opportunity to pay attention to our blessings, including our friends and family, our health and healthy meals. We live in such abundance! …