Eighty percent or more of the time spent on data science projects is spent acquiring data, cleaning it, and preparing it for analysis. That data can come from a variety of sources, including APIs or individual web pages. However, not all data is created equal. Once we have automated its acquisition, much of it requires lengthy cleaning and formatting before it can be used. In this course you will learn how to obtain, clean, and mashup data in preparation for analysis. [Read more…]
That’s what I’ll be talking about at DC Python on April 7th.
In this talk you’ll learn how to use pyparsing, a free Python module, to create and execute simple grammars for web scraping, application control and data wrangling. Dump the nested if statements and get parsing. Oh yes, there will be code, and lots of it, to get you started!
I’ll see you there!
Also On The Agenda
On July 1st I’ll be speaking at my monthly meetup – Data Wranglers DC – about writing grammars in pyparsing for web scraping, data wrangling, and app control. This will be a longer and more hands-on version of my DC Python talk.
In addition I’m talking with both Data Society and District Data Labs about teaching data wrangling classes. Stay tuned for more on those!
Who doesn’t love charty goodness? Everyone that I know does. Dynamic charty goodness on a dashboard? Yes please?!
With that said, you can imagine how excited I was when I came across Dashing, a Sinatra based framework that lets you build beautiful dashboards. However my excitement was short lived when, while I was working on my home dashboard (weather, RSS feeds, the daily Dilbert cartoon), I discovered the RSS widget I was using wouldn’t pull in feeds from StackOverflow. [Read more…]
The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.
– Shawn DuBravac, Chief Economist and Sr. Director of Research, Consumer Electronics Association
Growth hacking is a marketing technique that blends creativity, analytical thinking, and social metrics to gain exposure and sell products. Put another way, growth hacking is concerned with using data and the insights gained from data to get more exposure (marketing) and sell more products (sales) while keeping costs low and revenues high.
What It Is
Activating Color Effects and Disabling Flux
Activate the Workflow
The keyword trigger flux will bring up the list of available workflow options.
The darkroom color effect makes your screen a crazy red with white and gray everything else. Try it out to experience it for yourself by selecting “Activate F.lux darkroom”.
Part of my job as a data analyst is to create reports and send them to various people. I had already used Python 2.7 to automate the creation and sending of the reports using Gmail, however all the examples I found for Python 3 were either more complicated or simple than what I needed. Below is the code that will allow you to easily create an email with attachments and send it using Gmail, all with Python 3. [Read more…]
We’ve all seen the men and women in fashion magazines, who seem to make looking good easy. We’ve also seen how media companies manipulate photographs and cover models use steroids, giving we, the unknowing folk, a very incorrect perception of what it takes to “be healthy.”
One of the companies I respect and follow for their no-BS approach to health is Precision Nutrition. Recently the created in infographic showing just what you have to do, and stop doing, in order to get to different levels of body fat. For instance, the leaner you want to get the more you have to strategize on everything you eat. That can lead to trouble when you go out with friends. If you get to go out that is, due to the amount of time you spend in the gym.
Check out the infographic below for the tradeoffs… [Read more…]
Just for today try this..
When you’re on the way out the door for the day think, “something wonderful is going to happen today.”
When you’re on the way to work think, “something wonderful is going to happen today at work.”
When you’re on the way home after a long day at work think, “something wonderful is going to happen at home.”
If you expect something wonderful to happen, it will.
Make it awesome my friends.
Data Wranglers DC Hits 1000 Members!
When I started Data Wranglers DC less than a year ago, I did it so that hardcore data geeks had a place to help each other with their craft. It is said that 80-90% of all data projects are data wrangling. From experience I can say it’s almost more!
A huge thanks to the data community here in DC for making this meetup a success!