Weekly Update May 29 – June 2

Its been half-term this week, so I’ve mostly been spending time with family, especially as one daughter has been ill (now there was bad timing!) but also:

Working on agile business intelligence with one of my Jisc Analytics Labs teams; I’ve been reshaping  HESA data for analysis using Alteryx, generating synthetic data for testing, and also coaching analysts in Alteryx and Tableau.

Studying Machine Learning with a Coursera course from Stanford. This week I’ve been studying classification, and implementing logistic regression and regularisation algorithms in Octave. The assignments are surprisingly tough – but I’m developing my ability to solve problems using vectorisation rather than iteration, which is something I can apply to non-ML problems too.

Arranging to do some more teaching next semester. Probably undergraduate cloud computing and algorithms, but its still all a bit vague at the moment.

Ich Lerne noch Deutsch mit Duolingo.

Growing things in the garden and greenhouse. New potatoes almost ready for harvesting. Have had to protect my french beans and garlic from the rabbits. (They don’t even especially like garlic, but that doesn’t stop them mowing it down.)

Reading “Smoke” by Dan Vyleta.

In case you don’t know me, I’m a consultant and partner in Cetis LLP, specialising in BI/analytics, open source software, and technology discovery and pre-procurement. Always interested in new clients, so feel free to get in touch.

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