All posts of Ian

Thoughts on how to start a PyData or Python meetup

At PyConLT 2019 (Lithuania) we just had a 10-person meeting on “how to start a new PyData or Python meetup” with existing organisers and some potential new event organisers. The night before in the conference bar Radovan and I had spent an hour helping someone from Latvia figure out their plan to start a new […]

PyCon Lithuania 2019 and a keynote on “Citizen Science with Python”

I’ve had the great pleasure of attending PyConLT 2019 – my first trip to Lithuania. I had no idea what to expect (I’ve never been to this part of Europe) – Vilnius is a lovely city full of lovely Pythonistas. There’s a bunch of lovely art hanging underneath bridges, an amazing Soviet Palace of Arts […]

Second Successfully Delivering Data Science Projects just over

I ran the second iteration of my Successfully Delivering Data Science Projects course last Friday to this happy group, we had a lovely day and good conversation has continued in the teaching slack over the weekend: Topics covered included the design and derisking of data projects (not just machine learning), building a project plan, communicating […]

New public course on Successfully Delivering Data Science Projects for March 1st

On Friday February 1st I ran my first Successfully Delivering Data Science Projects, this is a part of my new plan to give more training this year. This went really well and I got to both teach and learn a lot from my students. We talked through best practice, project design, derisking strategies, communication plans […]

“discover feature relationships” – new EDA tool

I’ve built a new Exploratory Data Analysis tool, I used it in a few presentations last year with the code on github and have now (finally) published it to PyPI. The goal is to quickly check in a DataFrame using machine learning (sklearn’s Random Forests) if any column predicts any other column. I’m interested in […]

Looking back on 2018, looking to 2019

So last year was a damned hard year – ignoring Brexit and other international foolishness, on a personal level (without going in to details) by mid-year I was emotionally wiped out. A collection of health issues between family and friends kept rearing their ugly heads and over time I ran very low of emotionally supportive […]

New public course on Successfully Delivering Data Science Projects for Feb 1st

During my Pythonic data science team coaching I see various problems coming up that I’ve helped solve before. Based on these observations and my prior IP design and delivery for clients over the years I’ve put together a 1 day public course aimed at data scientists (any level) who want to be more confident with […]

Talking on “High Performance Python” at Linuxing In London last week

Mario of PyLondonium (where I gave a keynote talk earlier this year) was kind enough to ask me along to speak at Linuxing in London. I gave an updated version of one of my older High Performance Python talks based on material I’d covered in my book, to show the more-engineering audience how to go […]