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This is Ian Ozsvald's blog, I'm an entrepreneurial geek, a Data Science/ML/NLP/AI consultant, founder of the Annotate.io social media mining API, author of O'Reilly's High Performance Python book, co-organiser of PyDataLondon, co-founder of the SocialTies App, author of the A.I.Cookbook, author of The Screencasting Handbook, a Pythonista, co-founder of ShowMeDo and FivePoundApps and also a Londoner. Here's a little more about me.

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22 September 2013 - 12:13PyConUK 2013

I’m just finishing with PyConUK, it has been a fun 3 days (and the sprints carry on tomorrow).

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Yesterday I presented a lightly tweaked version of my Brand Disambiguation with scikit-learn talk on natural language processing for social media processing. I had 65 people in the room (cripes!), 2/3 had used ML or NLP for their own projects though only a handful of the participants had used either ‘in anger’ for commercial work. The slides below are slightly updated from my DataScienceLondon talk earlier in the year, there’s more on this blog over the last 2 months that I hadn’t integrated into the talk.

 

 

The project is in github if you’re interested, I’m looking for new collaborators and I can share the dataset of hand-tagged tweets.

I’d like to see more scientific talks at PyConUK, a lightning talk for later today will introduce EuroSciPy 2014 which will take place in Cambridge. I’d love to see more Pythonistas talking about scientific work, numerical computing and parallel computing (rather than quite so much web and db development). I also met David Miller who spoke on censorship (giving a call-out to the OpenRightsGroup – you too should pay them a tenner a month to support digital freedoms in the UK), but looked over a long period of censorship in the UK and the English language. As ever, there were a ton of interesting folk to meet.

David mentioned the Andrews and Arnold ISP who pledge not to censor their broadband, apparently the only ISP in the UK to put up a strong pledge. This is interesting.

Shortly in London I’ll organise (or co-opt) some sort of Natural Language Processing meetup, I’m keen to meet others (Pythonistas, R, Matlab, whoever) who are involved in the field. I’ll announce it here when I’ve figured something out.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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17 September 2013 - 23:00Writing a High Performance Python book

I’m terribly excited to announce that I’m co-authoring an O’Reilly book on High Performance Python, to be published next year. My co-author is the talented Micha Gorelick (github @mynameisfiber) of bit.ly, he’s already written a few chapters, I’ll be merging an updated version of my older eBook and adding content based on past tutorials (PyCon 2013, PyCon 2012, EuroSciPy 2012, EuroPython 2011), along with a big pile of new content from us both.

I setup a mailing list a year back with a plan to write such a book, I’ll be sending list members a survey tomorrow to validate the topics we plan to cover (and to spot the things we missed!). Please join the list (no spam, just Python HPC stuff occasionally) to participate. We’ll be sending out subsequent surveys and requests for feedback as we go.

Our snake is a Fer-de-Lance (which even has its own unofficial flag) and which also happens to be a ship from the classic spacefaring game Elite.

We plan to develop the book in a collaborative way based on some lessons I learned last time.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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