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The Next Four Months at Data Wranglers DC

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Following the Black Hat Data Wrangling talk that Travis Hoppe and I did to kick off the 2016 year of Data Wranglers DC, the next four months is going to be awesome. Here’s the lineup: [Read more…]

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Announcing the Data Science Studio User Group

Data Science Studio User Group

On November 13, 2013 I founded Data Wranglers DC (DWDC). The focus of Data Wranglers has and is data engineering, the 80-90% of time spent on data projects that most people don’t like to talk about. It includes everything from gathering and cleaning data to engineering the IT systems to gather, store and process all of the data. [Read more…]

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District Data Labs Incubator Now Accepting Applications

Incubator

During the dotcom boom of 2000 I found myself in a catch 22: I couldn’t get a tech job without experience, but I could get experience without a job. Fast forward to 2016. Companies are scrambling to build data teams and can’t find enough experienced people. But how can you, someone new to data science, get experience to get one of these jobs? The District Data Labs incubator can help with that. [Read more…]

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Recruiters: How to Find Good Software and Data People

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If you’re a software developer, data engineer or data scientist with a LinkedIn profile or website, you’re probably hearing from recruiters on a daily basis. No longer are these folks dressing in suits and attending meetup – they’re getting a bit more savvy.

If you’re a recruiter I’ve got two tips for finding awesome software and data peeps, without pissing anyone off. Read on! [Read more…]

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Control Your Outcomes

Outcome

Operating from a victim mentality means you believe that events in your life happen to you, and that you have no control over them. The key to knowing that that isn’t the case is, paradoxically, humility. [Read more…]

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Black Hat Data Wrangling

Black Hat Data Wrangler
Simply put, the goal of any good data wrangler is to make data more accessible.

Consider the antithesis, the idea of hiding and obfuscating your data but still publishing it on the web. Let’s learn from the our anti-hero, the black hat data wrangler. [Read more…]

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Humility

Buddhists believe that only a humble mind allows embarking on the path of enlightenment and liberation.

I used to think humility meant downplaying your own opinion and giving in to others. I’ve come to learn that isn’t what humility is all about. [Read more…]

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Data Science in Five Steps

Special Agent OsoWhen my daughter Palamee was younger she watched a cartoon with a character named Special Agent Oso. Oso would complete his missions using three simple steps. In a recent conversation I was asked to provide my definition of data science. Today I’m going to provide that definition in not three easy steps, but five, and show a real-world implementation. [Read more…]

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Simple and Sinister Kettlebell and Calisthenics Workout

KettlebellsKettlebells are a great way to get stronger, become more fit, and increase your endurance. Sometimes you may want to switch up your workout and do less kettlebell work and more explosive calisthenics. If so, this workout is for you. [Read more…]

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Learn About Our Upcoming Web Scraping and Data Mining Course

Create your targetWeb scraping and data mining shouldn’t require another degree to perform. However, in presentation after presentation we’re given the impression that both of these require a huge degree of technical prowess to do and do correctly. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. [Read more…]