In Search of Models that Yield Insight

Posted on Sat 10 October 2020 in tech • Tagged with data science, control systems

"The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers." (Richard Hamming)

"The reason we model and analyze systems is to gain insight." (C. Nelson Dorny)

At the beginning of April, with the COVID-19 outbreak upending much of life as we previously knew it, I was casually following the case count numbers …

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Utah Code Camp 2015

Posted on Sat 14 March 2015 in tech • Tagged with python, data science

I presented at Utah Code Camp 2015 on machine learning with the Google Prediction API. IPython notebooks are available on GitHub, or they can be viewed directly with the IPython Notebook Viewer here:

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Big Data Utah at StartSLC 2015

Posted on Fri 30 January 2015 in tech • Tagged with python, data science

I presented on machine learning and prediction to the Big Data Utah meetings as part of StartSLC 2015. Check out the the slides!

Utah Data Competition 2014

Posted on Tue 28 October 2014 in tech • Tagged with python, data science

I competed in this year's edition of the Utah Data Competition, a local data science competition. The semiconductor yield prediction problem seemed simple enough on the surface, but it ultimately proved to be quite challenging. I attempted several modeling approaches but eventually converged on two that received most of my …

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Irrigation System Performance Measurement on the Cheap

Posted on Sat 26 April 2014 in misc • Tagged with data science

What began as a simple exercise in turning on the irrigation water to the yard culminated in an hour of yak shaving in which I actually measured the performance of my sprinklers. The well-meaning people at my City Hall had sent out an informative flyer earlier in the week with …

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