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  • Durand wrote a new post, DataLab training, on the site Durand's blog 4 days, 2 hours ago

    Monday 4th September 2017 5:05pm

    We did ABS DataLab training today, which means I’ve now met the pre-requisites to access the ABS DataLab (that is, get access to the ABS’s raw data.) All I need to do now is […]

  • Durand wrote a new post, Hmmm, on the site Durand's blog 4 days, 2 hours ago

    Monday 4th September 2017

    I quoted the 83% accuracy figure for the model, as all previous presentations had done. Yuri said I should have used the 68% accuracy figure that did not include the “size” variable, […]

  • Durand wrote a new post, To do next week, on the site Durand's blog 4 days, 3 hours ago

    Friday 1st September 2017 4:31pm

    Next week, we’re seeing an important prospect – a director of the ATO. OMFG, right? Apparently, he’s as smart as a whip. Prakash is very worried, saying that he’ll know a […]

  • Friday 1st September 2017 11:54am

    I just spoke to Diana, cyber-security specialist and professional hacker. Here’s what she said.

    First of all, the best place to learn about how to make websites secure is […]

  • Thursday 31st August 2017 11:29am

    An API is an “end point”. This is a type of URL. Hmmmm … let me explain.

    Let’s take our favourite website: http://www.youtube.com
    Let’s assume for a moment that you click on y […]

  • Thursday 31st August

    I’m still reeling a little bit from the outcome of yesterday’s presentation. I can’t understand why a talented group of actuaries hadn’t built a simple predictive model for builder […]

  • Wednesday 30th August 2017 10:04am

    I’ve started looking through the folder of the project we’re presenting on tomorrow. There are hundreds of files I need to make sense of to really understand the provenance […]

  • Tuesday 29th Augsut 2017, 11:28am

    I haven’t yet had that conversation about a better way to estimate market size, as we have a presentation to do in two days, followed by more presentations the following week. […]

  • The day after the meeting I got quite sick and was in bed on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Today is Monday and I’ve been online reading different white papers that estimate who will be affected by the […]

  • Tuesday 22nd August

    This week I was in a meeting that made me realise how hard it is to launch a website from scratch. Also, why the word “innovation” isn’t necessarily the kind of word you want to use when […]

  • Monday 21st August

    I’ve written a 2 page blog (on OneNote) describing the experience of sitting in a room watching two master salesmen pitch a data science project to a government department. However, I’ve […]

  • Monday 21st August
    I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed by all the projects I was on. I felt like I was moving from one meeting to another, and not really accomplishing anything. So I had a chat to Rory, who was […]

  • Wow! That’s insanely long! I haven’t run into that problem, but then I haven’t used SDMX.

    I just used the databyregion part of the ABS website to get my data, which has one data page for each regional area with all the data for it. The main databyregion site can be found below: http://stat.abs.gov.au/itt/r.jsp?databyregion

  • Durand commented on the post, iLab blog 5: Financials, on the site Durand's blog 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Thanks for your comment Catherine! Those are some good suggestions. In particular, I hadn’t considered giving examples of how the new skills can be applied. Thanks for mentioning it!

    I’ll try to mention any useful courses I find throughout the term. But in the meantime, the best online courses and tutorials I’ve found for deep learning are from…[Read more]

  • Durand wrote a new post, iLab blog 5: Financials, on the site Durand's blog 4 weeks ago

    Last week I had the opportunity to think about some of the financial aspects of launching a data science project. I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about it or not, so will seek permission first. This post is […]

    • Hi Durand,

      Thanks for your blogs! I like your writing style – so engaging and entertaining!

      I look forward to your next entries on how you’ll systematically approach your learning goals such as using deep learning and the Hardoop platform in analysing your data e.g. recommended online courses, tutorials, books and other resources. It’ll also be great if you can document the steps in your approach together with any obstacles encountered, simple examples of how your new skills can be applied as well as any new insights from your analyses.

      Thanks again and talk soon,
      Catherine

      • Thanks for your comment Catherine! Those are some good suggestions. In particular, I hadn’t considered giving examples of how the new skills can be applied. Thanks for mentioning it!

        I’ll try to mention any useful courses I find throughout the term. But in the meantime, the best online courses and tutorials I’ve found for deep learning are from Kirill Eremenko, who has a video series on Udemy called Deep Learning A-Z. He explains everything with pictures, which I’ve found particularly useful for grasping the concept, and then goes through some demonstration Python code to explain how to code it up. Hope that’s helpful!

  • Durand wrote a new post, iLab1 Week 4, on the site Durand's blog 1 month ago

    (Hat tip for the design of this template to Malcolm, who clearly has both style and taste.)
    iLab1 Part A Goals and Draft Assessment Criteria

    ILab1 Part A Project Goals
    1: Project Goals
    As working at the D […]

    • Len replied 1 month ago

      Hey Durand,
      Love your blog and the format you have used. Blake (Bentley) has used a similar format but he pegged his to the criteria in the Design Journal. I will be doing the same from my next blog.

      I suspect you might still be able to identify the elements (goals & objectives) for Part A because I think these become important come Parts B & C. You just need to identify elements that are higher level & common to the projects you are involved in. Just a suggestion, okay?

      I was really tickled by the “ageism” comment. You? Discriminated by ageism? What about me? I should just give up right now!!
      But I do know what you mean by younger people.

      Till we chat again here or elsewhere,
      Len

    • Len replied 1 month ago

      Oh by the way Durand, would appreciate you giving me some feedback on my Design Journal, if it’s not too much trouble. Amela told me to get 2 comments from peers whose feedback is beneficial, so you should be honoured 🙂

      Also, your blog on the CA log shows it is locked so the # of comments is still 0, even though you have clearly got some feedback from me.

      Cheers,
      Len

  •  5/8/2017

    Lunch – Had lunch with a group I hadn’t met. They were talking about Sophie Monk being on The Bachelorette, and were commenting on how beautiful she was, how unapproachable she was, and wondered wh […]

  • Wednesday 2nd August
    I’ve really started to realise the value of CRISP-DM, because I didn’t use it on this project.

    I’m building a predictive model for a project, which is to be turned into a commercial data […]

  • Wednesday 26th July

    The first week has been largely about admin – trying to get access to project drives so I can do work, getting logins sorted etc. I’ve been put on a team that cleans data for a Green Slip p […]

  • Monday 17th July

    We’ve been asked to think about our strengths and weaknesses across the CILOs, to decide what we’d like to improve.
    But we’ve also been encouraged to think outside the box a little bit, and d […]

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