AI and ML.

Calorie Deficit and Increased Exercise

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Please don’t take any of this for the god’s truth. I’ve been exercising for a while but I have no professional qualifications in nutrition or fitness. Yes I’ve played sport fairly competitively and have spoken to dieticians/nutritionists/physiotherapists extensively, but that’s all personal. The below advice works for me really well, but it may not work for you. In any case, speak to a professional.

I’ve been working from home since March 13 2020.

Yes, that’s been over 10 months.

On the whole it’s been OK but it’s been challenging for sure. …

Data Science

How to schedule data tasks to build deployable and scalable applications

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I’m inquisitive and curious. I want to build tools that customers can use and benefit from. Deployment has always been a tough subject for me because, as far as I can remember, I’ve tried to learn how to make websites, or iPhone applications, or Android applications, but nothing really stuck.

Only until I learned how to deploy Streamlit on Heroku could I actually begin to deploy real projects and actually have potential customers take a look and tell me whether or not they liked the idea. …

Begin as you mean to go on and go on as you began

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Activity on Github falls off over the course of holidays as everyone is busy with family but still, coders don’t sleep. We manage to think of problems in the middle of the night and write it down hoping we don’t forget it in the morning.

Github is a phenomenal place as its like stepping into the mind of inquisitive people and seeing the problems they see and the solutions they dream. Its not a perfect land, but when society converges in trying to fix a certain problem, you can see what’s going on.

The following are some of the top GitHub repo’s that I think are pretty cool and useful. Check them out and let me know what you think! …

How data helps to shape our future

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For those of us with a slight inclination about mathematics and statistics, climate change is measurable and as such, it’s been proven to be very real.

Yes, the boundaries within which climate change occurs can be blurry but when we look at the concentration of CO2 in the air, or when we look at the rates of deforestation, we are acutely aware of how bad the environment is changing.

Over the centuries, we’ve polluted and misused Natural Resources which is bringing about grave consequences. …

Tricks only garnered from experience

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When we think about Data Science, we have to separate our thought into two streams. There’s the academic side of things, and then there’s the side which is pragmatic and full of real life experience.

It’s not easy as well. There’s limited data, sometimes it’s messy and also there’s often spurious correlation. So as much as people tell you there should be a relationship between X and Y, quite simply, often, there’s just not.

However, to really understand if a phenomenon exists, a few helpful tips and tricks can really push you in the right direction. …

Scrape the internet like a pro with these commands

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Scraping the internet is an endeavour that’s interesting, frustrating, challenging and also rewarding.

You can pretty much scrape anything you want as long as you follow some guidelines on how to scrape with respect:

The reason I say ‘with respect’ is because often, you’ll overdo it and will potentially effect the website you’re scraping, so be mindful of that.

For Data Scientists and Researchers in particular: the more data you have, generally speaking the better your estimates. …

Some of these will blow your mind

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Data Scientists and Machine Learning researchers will both keep a nose around for what’s going on in the community.

There are various ways to do this: by checking out what’s going on in Kaggle or Product Hunt. Maybe having a look through stack overflow trends, or even looking at GitHub trends.

I’m a curious individual, so I wanted to see what had been trending this month: all of which I found to be pretty damn interesting.

Here goes it:

PIFuHD: Multi-Level Pixel-Aligned Implicit Function for High-Resolution 3D Human Digitization: 2,558 Stars

The researchers at Facebook have come out with an update to their Pixel-aligned Implicit Function (PIFu) model that aligns pixels of a 2D image with corresponding pixels of a 3D image. Using PIFu, Facebook have made a Deep Learning model (end-to-end) for digitising people, with the ability to infer 3D surface and texture from either a single image, or multiple. …

Tricks and techniques on how to format strings

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The ability to format a string is a pretty basic requirement for anyone that can code, but, there’ve been more than a few ways in the past that you’ve been able to do this in Python. There’s the original % method, there’s the .format method and more recently, there’s the f-String method. So which do you choose?

I’m pretty lazy so once I got the hang of .format methods, I kind of stuck to them, but there are drawbacks that I’ll cover which signify the problem with them.

But first, let’s do a quick overview:


This is the classic method, where those who were coding in the early Python2 days will remember clearly. Essentially you add in a % score with an ‘s’ (to reflect you want to chuck in a string) and add the % sign after the string as follows. …

Analysing authors from the Neural Information Processing Systems Conferences since 1990

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NIPS is classed as one of the foremost academic conferences in the space of AI. For academics, being published or running a workshop in this conference is a sign that you’re doing well and you’re making a difference.

The competition to get into this conference is high, like really really high. So generally speaking, you would expect that the best of the best have published the most in it. Let’s look at the most prolific authors who’ve submitted in the NIPS conferences since 1990:

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