Data Science Contact Week 1: Finished!

My first face to face contact week with the university professors is over. In some ways I’m relieved because the hours have been long, as has the commute, and the work has been tiring. But I will also miss it, because I’ve enjoyed the structured learning as well as collaborating and bonding with fellow students. I’ve Read More

Data Science Contact Week 1 Day 2

Yesterday was my first day on the proper hands-on learning with programming a bit of interdisciplinary stuff. This morning was about analysis and optimisation and it was more about demonstrating to us what the point of all this maths is. Basically if you know the good maths, you can massively optimise your code and functions. Otherwise Read More

Data Science Contact Week 1 Day 1

Today was my first proper learning week with the University since enrolling on the apprenticeship. I was terrified yesterday because I hadn’t been preparing enough according to the web portal and I thought I would be way behind everyone else. Nah, today there was chaos and disorganisation almost all round. Some people didn’t even have access Read More

Gitgud At Excel, Fast

Anyone who has read my blog for any length of time should know that I am a whiz at Excel. I have graduated from the Excel guy to analyst now, but for a good few years I was the Excel guy and becoming an analyst has only expanded my Excel skills further. So one thing that Read More

ARIMA Modeling – Homebrew Edition

ARIMA modeling has felt like a bit of a nemesis since I was first exposed to it. Figuring out what settings to use with it has been my main challenge. The ACF and PACF plots are supposed to help here, but you have to learn to read them somewhat. There is an auto.arima option, which tests Read More

Fancy New Updates And Fancy New Skills

Last week there was an update rolled out to my copy of Microsoft Office. Usually this wouldn’t merit much discussion, but this update included improvements to a tool I’ve been using extensively for the past few months; Power Query. What improvement was that? It was the super useful Intellisense feature, as well as syntax highlighting. Basically, Read More

Coming Clean On Frustration

Yesterday I wrote a post about how frustrating this game, slither.io, can be. On reflection, it wasn’t really the game at all. Sure there were other players acting in seemingly irrational ways, but that’s normal, I expect that. The reason my frustration got blown out of proportion is that I couldn’t understand some details of the Read More