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  1. Vectorizing code matters

    Thu 17 September 2020

    I come from the world of MATLAB and numerical computing, where for loops are shorn and vectors are king. During my PhD at UVM, Professor Lakoba's Numerical Analysis class was one of the most challenging courses I took and the deep knowledge of numerical code still sticks with me …

  2. Observable with local files and Flask

    Tue 15 September 2020

    We're relying heavily on Observable for the most recent edition of Berkeley MIDS W209: Information Visualization. While Observable is a hosted tool, there are a handful of tricks that make is useful for enterprise applications (where data needs to reside locally). One of these is relying on locally accessible data …

  3. Boston Marathon 2020: Take 2

    Sun 13 September 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic not only delayed the Boston Marathon until September, but cancelled it entirely. The organizers moved to a virtual format, and of course, I had to do it.

    On Strava:

    And if you don’t get motion sick, and want to hear me complain about running with a …

  4. Atom vs RStudio

    Mon 08 June 2020

    Let's talk about workflow.

    Most R users that I know use RStudio.

    Most programmers that I know use a text editor like Emacs, or use what is embedded into an IDE like PyCharm or IntelliJ. https://jstaf.github.io/2018/03/25/atom-ide.html

    There are some things to like …

  5. Great Expectations of Vertica

    Fri 29 May 2020

    Great Expectations is a useful tool in any data pipeline to ensure that data is what you expect. While data validation and such have been compared to Data Science's "janitorial work", others argue that it's really part of the analysis. Either way, I've had enough headaches with analysis being wrong …

  6. So You Want A Road Bike

    Fri 29 May 2020

    It's been years since I felt I was "deeply" involved in the cycling world, having biked across the country in 2010 and spent most of my college weekends racing or just riding bikes (wow, I graduated almost 8 years ago!).

    That said, some of the things that I remember seem …

  7. Boston Marathon 2020: From a Basement Near You

    Mon 20 April 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of most events, including the Boston Marathon (which made it through the 1918 flu and 2 world wars). Alas, I couldn't let my half-assed training go to "waste", so I took to the basement.

    I'd already taken the time off from work …

  8. 4 Years of Running

    Wed 26 February 2020

    Well, somehow I have managed to run 10 minutes every day for the past 4 years. It has been a wild adventure for many days, and at times boring.

    Guess I'll just keep running.

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