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Jul
11
4 Pandas Anti-Patterns to Avoid and How to Fix Them

4 Pandas Anti-Patterns to Avoid and How to Fix Them

pandas is a powerful data analysis library with a rich API that offers multiple ways to perform any given data manipulation task. Some of these approaches are better than others, and pandas users often learn suboptimal coding practices that become their default workflows.
9 min read
May
16
Supervised Clustering: How to Use SHAP Values for Better Cluster Analysis

Supervised Clustering: How to Use SHAP Values for Better Cluster Analysis

Cluster analysis is a popular method for identifying subgroups within a population, but the results are often challenging to interpret and action. Supervised clustering leverages SHAP values to identify better-separated clusters using a more structured representation of the data.
9 min read
Jan
02
Utility vs Understanding: the State of Machine Learning Entering 2022

Utility vs Understanding: the State of Machine Learning Entering 2022

The empirical utility of some fields of machine learning has rapidly outpaced our understanding of the underlying theory: the models are unreasonably effective, but we're not entirely sure why.
12 min read
Nov
01
Explaining Machine Learning Models: A Non-Technical Guide to Interpreting SHAP Analyses

Explaining Machine Learning Models: A Non-Technical Guide to Interpreting SHAP Analyses

With interpretability becoming an increasingly important requirement for machine learning projects, there's a growing need for the complex outputs of techniques such as SHAP to be communicated to non-technical stakeholders.
12 min read
Jul
25
Could Vaccinating Young People Before Old People Save More Lives?

Could Vaccinating Young People Before Old People Save More Lives?

Vaccines are tackling the COVID-19 epidemic in two ways: reducing the severity of infections, and preventing their transmission. Both mechanisms save lives, but the vaccination strategies that leverage each can be conflicting.
14 min read
Jun
25
Scottish People Are More Inclined to Skip the Gym and Watch the Footy Than English People

Scottish People Are More Inclined to Skip the Gym and Watch the Footy Than English People

England and Scotland's much-anticipated clash in the Euro 2020 group stages presented a unique opportunity to see how the nations' football fans adjusted their exercise routines to accommodate the occasion.
4 min read