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Using AWS Lambda and Slack to have fun while saving on EMR costs

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We all have these times where we hack a piece of code together in 5 minutes. Usually, these pieces of code are not hidden gems, they tend to do simple stuff. Every once in a while though, you will find yourself writing a simple script which gives you a big smile afterwards. In this post, I will discuss one of »

Improving the consistency of your projects with virtual environments in Anaconda

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Virtual environments in python are very useful for managing different projects and especially when multiple people have to work on them. It is also useful for using packages which are not entirely supported on every version of python. Personally I needed a virtual environment when using Tensorflow. Tensorflow was not available on Python version 3.6 and hence I needed »

The Genie in the Bottle: How to Tame AI?

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While we're seeing some great progress in AI, there is increasing concern about the danger of it by people like Stephen Hawking. This 'possible existential threat to humanity' is the reason why people like Elon Musk and Sam Altman started OpenAI. The authority on the threat of AI is Nick Bostrom, Oxford professor, director of Future of Humanity Institute and »

7 reasons to use Snowplow besides Google Analytics 360

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We recently got the question: if we start using Google Analytics 360 and Big Query, do we still need to use a second data logger like Snowplow Analytics? A great question. I discussed this question with our data team and it turns out using Snowplow (an open source data logger) besides premium analytics tooling like Google Analytics 360 has several »

Helping our new Data Scientists start in Python: A guide to learning by doing

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The Data Science team at Greenhouse Group is steadily growing and continuously changing. This also implies new Data Scientists and interns starting regularly. Each new Data Scientist we hire is unique and has a different set of skills. What they all have in common though is a strong analytical background and the practical ability to apply this on real business »