Archive of month: August 2014

Slides for High Performance Python tutorial at EuroSciPy2014 + Book signing!

Yesterday I taught an excerpt of my 2 day High Performance Python tutorial as a 1.5 hour hands-on lesson at EuroSciPy 2014 in Cambridge with 70 students: We covered profiling (down to line-by-line CPU & memory usage), Cython (pure-py and OpenMP with numpy), Pythran, PyPy and Numba. This is an abridged set of slides from […]

High Performance Python Training at EuroSciPy this afternoon

I’m training on High Performance Python this afternoon at EuroSciPy, my github source is here (as a shortlink: There are prerequisites for the course. This training is actually a tiny part of what I’ll teach on my 2 day High Performance Python course in London in October (along with a Data Science course). If […]

Why are technical companies not using data science?

Here’s a quick question. How come more technical companies aren’t making use of data science? By “technical” I mean any company with data and the smarts to spot that it has value, by “data science” I mean any technical means to exploit this data for financial gain (e.g. visualisation to guide decisions, machine learning, prediction). […]

Data Science Training Survey

I’ve put together a short survey to figure out what’s needed for Python-based Data Science training in the UK. If you want to be trained in strong data science, analysis and engineering skills please complete the survey, it doesn’t need any sign-up and will take just a couple of minutes. I’ll share the results at […]

PyDataLondon 3rd event

This week we had our 3rd PyDataLondon meetup (@PyDataLondon), this builds on our 2nd event. We’re really happy to see the group grow to over 400 members, co-org Emlyn made a plot (see below) of our linear growth. Our main speakers: Andrew Clegg (chief Data Scientist at Pearson Publishing in London) spoke on his Snake […]

A tiny foray into Apache Spark & Python

I’ve spent an afternoon playing with Apache Spark (1.0.1) to start to form an opinion on where it might be useful. Here’s a couple of notes. We’re discussing this at PyDataLondon tonight. UPDATE I cover PySpark 1.2, ElasticSearch and PyPy in 2015. You can run Spark out of the box on Linux (I’m using 13.10) […]

Python Training courses: Data Science and High Performance Python coming in October

I’m pleased to say that via our ModelInsight we’ll be running two Python-focused training courses in October. The goal is to give you new strong research & development skills, they’re aimed at folks in companies but would suit folks in academia too. UPDATE training courses ready to buy (1 Day Data Science, 2 Day High […]