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How to lead a great code sprint

written by Eric J. Ma on 2019-07-21 | tags: software development sprint code sprint open source community community development

How can we, as sprint leaders, lead an effective sprint? I share some thoughts, having led a 2nd pyjanitor sprint at SciPy.

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SciPy 2019 Post-Conference

written by Eric J. Ma on 2019-07-15 | tags: conference scipy2019 data science

Some thoughts post SciPy 2019 - it was overall a productive and fun conference!

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Order of magnitude is more than accurate enough

written by Eric J. Ma on 2019-07-07 | tags: data science estimation statistics

Or, how thinking less precisely and more accurately can be a helpful thing in data science.

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SciPy 2019 Pre-Conference

written by Eric J. Ma on 2019-07-07 | tags: conferences scipy2019

Looking forward to another fun year at the SciPy conference!

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Bone Marrow Donations

written by Eric J. Ma on 2019-06-30 | tags: personal charity leukemia donations blood donation community service

After hearing that a friend was diagnosed with leukemia, I detailed a reminder to myself and all of us to register as bone marrow donors.

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Graphs and Matrices

written by Eric J. Ma on 2019-06-15 | tags: graphs network science data science

The connection between graphs and linear algebra is profound and deep. I learned that lesson yet again. Come read more about it!

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Mobile Working on the iPad

written by Eric J. Ma on 2019-06-14 | tags: productivity mobile

How I use my iPad as a mobile working station, and the pros and cons compared to a regular laptop.

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Reasoning about Shapes and Probability Distributions

written by Eric J. Ma on 2019-05-29 | tags: bayesian probabilistic programming tensors data science probability distributions

I learned a ton hacking on PyMC4 with the TensorFlow Probability team in Montreal this year, particularly about probability distributions and semantic issues that we can run into with tensor shapes. If you’re curious, read on!

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PyCon 2019 Sprints

written by Eric J. Ma on 2019-05-11 | tags: pycon software development sprint open source

Together with my colleague Zach Barry, we led a pyjanitor sprint! It was really fun, looking forward to more in the future!

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Context Switching

written by Eric J. Ma on 2019-05-10 | tags: programming coding data science

Some realizations on how disruptive context switching can be. My first thoughts on how to deal with it during a sprint...

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