After a bit of a summer lull, the Montreal R User Group is meeting up again! We’re trying out a new venue this time. Notman House is the home of the web in Montreal. They hold hackathons and other tech user group meetups, and they are all around great people in an all around great space in downtown Montreal.
Our meetup will feature R super-user Etienne Low-Decarie, who will give a walk through of some of the most powerful packages in R, many of which were built by rstats rock star Hadley Wickham.
I will also kick off the meetup with a short session on how R is revolutionizing data science in academia, journalism, business and beyond.
- November 14th, 7pm at 51 Sherbrooke W.
- BYOL&D (Bring Your Own Laptop & Data)
Don’t forget to RSVP. Hope to see you there!
On Friday, I gave a guest lecture on statistics to a group of biology students at Dawson College in Montreal. We had some fun testing whether name brand cookies contained more chocolate chips, on average, than generic brand cookies.
This image comes from the cover of Preliminary Papers of the Second International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (1989). Someone abandoned it in the lobby of my building at school. Whatever for, I’ll never know.
I just love the idea of machine learning/AI/Statistics evoking a robot hand drawing a best fit line through some points on graph paper with a pen.
What other funny, or interesting, metaphorical visual representations of machine learning have you seen? Drop a link in the comments and I’ll get my robot arm to compile the results.