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Machine Intelligence Landscape

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Idea Storage | 0 comments

Good reference if you are ever in the market to buy analytics solutions, organized nicely and visually by domains.

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Comprehensive Skill-Matrix to Build Up Your Data Science Creds

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Idea Storage | 0 comments

My little contribution to help demystify the ambiguity around the Data Scientist role. It helps to divide the role into four arch-types: Businessperson, Creative, Developer, and Researcher. Each still requires mastery in Business, Machine Learning, Math, Programming, and Statistics, but in varying degrees. So a Data Researcher for example, would rely heavily on his statistical skills, while on the other hand domain knowledge is of utmost importance for the Businessperson type.


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The Crazy World of Database circa 2013

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Idea Storage | 0 comments

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Delicious Read: A Review of “How to Read a Book”

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Book Review | 0 comments

If ever there was a book guaranteed to bring immense positive effect to any reader, this book is one of them. As its title suggests, How to Read a Book is a meta survey of the act of reading itself. It is extremely clear, and its division of the four stages of reading is immensely helpful. Although written decades ago, 90% of this book will still remain relevant in guiding its readers on how to not only become a better reader, but also to become more adept in growing the mind. Take this from someone who reads this in 2015! This book even have tests to help identify (and track) which of the 4 stages of reading you currently belong to.

Even the list of recommended book alone (sorted in chronological order) almost worth the price of admission. All the classics that made the definitive list (more than 100 of them, from Homer’s Iliad to Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago) share one thing in common: every subsequent reading will always bring new brain food for our mind to chew on!

If there is one criticism that could be made of this book, it is the fact that there is a certain hard prerequisite in relation to the reader’s skill and fortitude in order to utilize the book properly. And yet, paradoxically, the only thing required to overcome this barrier is a simple act: determined reading and re-reading of How to Read a Book.

Doggedly digesting How to Read a Book is among the best 4 hours I have ever spent!

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What Gives You Hope During Tough Times?

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Profile | 0 comments

Answer by Eva Kor:

I have faced some very tough times. When I was 10 years old, my twin sister and I were used in medical experiments by Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. He injected me with a deadly germ and a few days later he came to the sick barrack where I was sent. He never even examined me. He looked at my fever chart and declared, laughing sarcastically, “Too bad, she’s so young – she has only two weeks to live.” At that time I knew he was right – I was very ill. But I refused to die. I made a silent pledge: That I will prove Mengele wrong, that I will survive, and I will be reunited with Miriam.

For the next two weeks I was between life and death. I have only one memory – crawling on the barrack floor, because I no longer could walk. There was a faucet on the other end of the barrack. As I was crawling, I would fade in and out of consciousness. I just kept thinking, I must survive, I must survive. After two weeks, my fever broke and I immediately felt a lot stronger. It took me another 3 weeks before my fever chart showed normal and I was released from the barrack of the living dead and reunited with my twin sister Miriam. That event – surviving whatever I was injected with – serves to me as a very big source of strength.

When my son had cancer, I couldn’t get him to accept the fact that he had to fight for his life, that he had to make the choice to fight for his life. No one else could do it for him. I repeated to him the story of my survival in Auschwitz. He got mad at me and I just said, “Alex, when I was in Auschwitz, the doctors who were around me wanted me dead. I made the decision that I would live. Can you make that decision?” He got mad at me and hung up the phone – he wasn’t ready to deal with it. But he called me back two days later. Alex said, “Mom, I think I understand it. This is my Auschwitz. This is my struggle that I need to survive.” If the person who is suffering from cancer doesn’t even want to make the decision to live, no one can help them. My son is alive today.

The fact that I have overcome so much adversity in my life helps me to have hope during tough times. I believe if I could survive Auschwitz, if I could survive crawling on the barrack floor between life and death, I could probably survive anything. Basically that is the way we gain confidence in our ability. When we overcome one difficulty and one hardship, we can build on that when any other hardship comes along in life. I also like the fact that people who hear me speak  can tune in and feel inspired. They see that I could do it, and they realize they can overcome whatever they are trying to overcome too. That is helpful to realize, that maybe each of us can help others overcome by sharing our stories.

You can also look for ideas on YouTube and the Internet for people who have overcome tough times. You will find a story that fits your situation. Then when you are inspired, DO something. Make a commitment to yourself. Make a promise and keep it close by. If you get off track, don’t feel guilty – we all do it. Just get right back on it.

What gives you hope during tough times?

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“Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Book Review | 0 comments

I knew nothing about Feynman the colorful character when I first leaved the first (digital) page of this delightful book. I closed it being enriched by this Physics professor’s tale of his escapades not only in the scientific realm, but even in those realms far away: art, music, education, travel, dating, gambling, nude dancing, and safe cracking.

The common threads of late Dr. Feynman’s autobiography is his social fearlessness, his hyperactive mind, his uncanny persistence and diligence, and for the most part, his humility. Each of these traits existing on its own in one individual would have already yielded a wonderful persona worthy of knowing, all taken together compound my regret of not knowing him sooner, and resulted in a renewed vigor to develop similar characteristics in my own life journey to a desiredly full, accomplished life.

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