Meaningful Map Visualizations

Geo-visualizations are a powerful tool to understand the world. Thanks to Michael Cooper I came across this article. The visualization had been created by  JimWillFixIt69, on a reddit.com forum and is very popular, mentioned and linked from many other sites. Here it is: It shows, for each European Country, which is the second biggest Nationality …

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A Great R Resource

Bookdown is a free and open-source R package built on top of R Markdown to make it really easy to write books and articles/reports. The website bookdown.org is a service to host books. It is free to publish the static output files of the books, and the author retains the copyright on the books. As …

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Wow, how many!

I was inspired by this article, which tells the story of Andrew Ng‘s father Ronald, with respect to online self-tuition. Well, Ronald, now almost 74, has successfully completed 146 online courses since 2012. Even before reading the article, I asked myself: How many online courses have I completed since May 2015, the point in time …

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How to become a Data Scientist in 8 steps

Datacamp has published this beautiful infographics on how to become a Data Scientist and what are the skill that compose this mythical professional figure. It is clear that the professions that make up the field of Data Science are many and diverse, however fundamentally they have made a very good summary. It reminds me of …

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Covid-19 Emergency

With a group of friends, we decided to replicate the http://ideasospesa.it experience here in Belgium, by founding Idées Suspendues. The idea is based on the Neapolitan tradition of paying an “extra” espresso coffee at the bar, and leaving it “suspended” or “sospeso” for those who cannot afford to buy one. Everyone can give their little …

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Misused statistical concepts

I have come across these basic truths of statistics several times in my learning experience. Nevertheless, I keep reading press articles and hearing news reports where they are ignored, to the purpose of telling stories that are all but true. The idea crossed my mind already several times, but today I was reading a post …

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New Learning Possibilities

What you learn during your lifetime will hopefully stay with you for the rest of your life. However, if you do not use the skills you have learned, they will get rusty, and if you do not sharpen them from time to time, you will find that they will be not any more readily usable …

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Factfulness

This book, based on the life experience of Hans Rosling,  is about learning to have a fact-based vision of the  world. It is an eye-opener, as all the work done by Hans, his son Ola Rosling and his daughter in law Anna Rosling Rönnlund. After Hans passed away in February 2017, Ola and Anna continue …

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