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…

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…

Random Thoughts: NJ Smells Like Gas

NJ Gas Dilemma So I was driving back to NY from New Jersey (the armpit state of the US and I remembered that I should fill up my gas tank because gas is way cheaper in NJ (about 50 cents/gal cheaper) and it is all still full service! As…

Debugging Metacritic

Metacritic, whyyyy? In this entry I'm going to talk about 2 major issues that came up while scraping data from metacritic.com, which is now the most important data source for my Luther Project. The 2 major issues involved TERRIBLE pagination issues and annoying redirects. Let's start with the pagination…

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…

Just Scraping By

BeautifulSoup Today, we got into a python tool called BeautifulSoup (v.4) that is used to scrape data from websites. This wasn't my first time scraping since I have some experience using differnt PHP tools, especially SimpleHTMLDom. But, after using BeautifulSoup just for a few minutes, I quickly realized how…

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…

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…