The 6 Things Everyone Needs to Know About the Big Data Economy
1. Big data is not a fad
2. More and more data is becoming available to us every second
3. Big data will affect every industry and every part of life
4. We can now analyze everything
5. Privacy is gone, but might come back
6. Analytics is no longer a choice for any operation

An Introduction to Agent-based Models: Simulating Segregation with Python
In computer science, agent-based models are used to assess the effects of autonomous agents (i.e. individuals, groups or objects) on an overall system. They’re very powerful analytical tools that can be used in situations where experiments aren’t feasible or are very expensive to conduct. These models have a wide range of applications in the social sciences, computer science, economics and business. In this piece, I’ll introduce you to the power of agent-based models when used to understand complex phenomenons. To do this, we’ll use some Python, a social science case study and the Schelling model.

Comparing the Bootstrap and Cross-Validation
This is the second of two posts about the performance characteristics of resampling methods. The first post focused on the cross-validation techniques and this post mostly concerns the bootstrap.

3 Must-Ask Questions Before Choosing That Machine Learning Algorithm!
1. How heterogeneous is your problem?
2. Is a probabilistic approach suitable?
3. Does your data contain high-order variable interactions?

Lifelines: Survival Analysis in Python
While tools like linear regression and logistic regression moved from statistics to machine learning, the field of survival analysis was unfortunately left behind. In this talk Cameron Davidson-Pilon introduces survival analysis, how it is used, and a pure Python implementation: Lifelines.

Recordings of RStudio Webinar Series on Essential Tools for Data Science with R
RStudio recently ran a series of live webinars on Essential Tools for Data Science with R, but it is inconvenient for people from other time zones to attend. Fortunately, the recordings have been made available online, which you can watch if you have attended the live webinars. Below is a list of recordings.