Final Stretch at Metis

It's been 9 full weeks at Metis now! That means that there are 3 full weeks left. This is the final stretch. And to get myself ready I watched this video over and over again! Just do it! What I Learned Today: T-Rex weighed 14,000lbs.…

Project Fletcher

Project Fletcher Our 4th project at Metis is called Fletcher and involves using unsupervised learning and natural language processing (NLP) while also using NoSQL with MongoDB for DBs and different web APIs. It is also optional to continue this project through our final project. So we were challenged to think…

The Metis Glass is Half Full

It's been a crazy 6 weeks so far at Metis! We just finished up our McNulty projects and our section on supervised machine learning. Next week we move onto unsupervised learning and natural language processing. I find it surprisingly hard to reflect on this last month and half, because I've…

Cleaning County Data - No Click Baity Titles Available...

This is a follow up to yesterday's entry about cleaning county election data. The other half (closer to 90%) of my data puzzle was county data for a myriad of other factors found here (the first download). While this dataset provides a wide range of data about counties, it also…

Fishy Data in the 2012 Presidential Elections

Beware of Click-Baity Titles like ^ Another Project at Metis, and another detective that I don't know. Well, meet Detective McNulty of The Wire. He represents our 3rd major project here at Metis which involves machine learning and D3.js. Project McNulty In this project, I am analyzing county level data…

Metis 1-Month Update

1 Month Done! 2 Months To Go... It has been one month since the start of my experience as a Data Science Fellow at Metis. So to commemorate this joyous occasion, I thought I'd give a short list of the top 5 things I've learned so far to help me…

Who's Watching the Gatekeepers: Critiquing the Almighty Critics

A few weeks ago I was on a flight and was looking through the movies they offered. Two movies caught my eyes: Should I watch the 'regular' version of Lincoln or the 'vampire hunter' version... Looking up the Metacritic review of Lincoln Vampire Hunter I found this: While critics for…

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Comprehending List Comprehensions List comprehensions are pretty cool. They make a lot of sense and are really well designed in Python. While working on some challenges today at Metis, I was able to shorten a lot of my code while using this technique. List comprehensions with Python are only now…

Luther Presentations

D-DAY Today was the day when everyone in our class got to present our Luther Projects; which is our 2nd project, but really our first major individual project in class involving a lot of coding/statistical methods. Presentations We spent the whole day presenting. Everyone presented for about 5-10 min…

Long Days

What Day is Today? Today was one of those days when I thought it was much later on in the week than it actually was. I'm starting to feel very stretched and realize how important rest is to the learning process. It's easy to forget that there are only 24…

Preventing Zombie Apocalypses, Just Another Day at Metis

Project 1 - Benson Over the last 3 days, my group and I finished our first project. In this project, we created a client proposal for a problem that we fabricated: an upcoming zombie apocalypse. Our instructors had told us that the projects that really pushed the envelope were the…

Do What You Love

Day 4 at Metis Metis is located inside of a WeWork facility. Their facilities are awesome and it makes the overall bootcamp experience that much better. It's a coworking space so while there are different offices, there are probably over 50 companies within the space. WeWork provides coffee, beer, and…

In the Zone

Day 3 at Metis So far I haven't had much time to reflect, but I was thinking about some things on my commute home today. I was thinking about the adrenaline rush of learning and really just working my butt off. I thought about how different this experience is from…

Things Get Real

Day 2 at Metis While Day 1 was more of an introduction and orientation day, Day 2 at Metis was a bit more intense. We dove straight into our first major project named Benson (yes, named after Olivia Benson from Law and Order). The project is basically an exploration into…

A New Start

Day 1 at Metis About 1 month ago, I moved back to the US after nearly 7 years in Seoul, South Korea. For my first 5 years in Korea, I was teaching high school math, science, statistics and whatever other classes they wanted to throw my way. While it was…