How to improve communication skills for data science interviews

Originally posted on Metis’ blog. Metis is an accredited data science bootcamp and it’s where I teach the full-time bootcamp. Data scientists are often described as hybrids: part statistician, part computer scientist; part analyst, part strategist. But while we focus on the myriad technical skills that a data scientist should possess, we often overlook one Continue reading How to improve communication skills for data science interviews

Operator overloading in Python; or, how to lose friends and annoy people

Today we’ll do some operator overloading, or change the behavior of some infix operators (+ and *) for our own handmade classes. There are legitimate reasons for doing so: if adding a behavior for + makes sense for your class, you can improve the readability of your code and make your classes easier to use. Continue reading Operator overloading in Python; or, how to lose friends and annoy people

A Shaky Introduction to the SOLID Principles

Writing technically proficient code on a line-by-line basis is all well and good, but paying attention only to the micro aspect of our code is a recipe for disaster. But oftentimes that’s what we do, especially as beginners. When we’re just starting out, we struggle with learning the tools, jargon and syntax so that we Continue reading A Shaky Introduction to the SOLID Principles

Thing people on the Internet have an opinion about: Python’s loop/else

Before I even tell you about today’s Python tip, I’ll warn you that there are a lot of opinions on the Internet about whether it’s even a good idea to use, so be sure to pick a side and dig in! Anyway, YMMV, and if you’re writing code that needs to be maintained by a Continue reading Thing people on the Internet have an opinion about: Python’s loop/else

Python Goes Meta: Functions Returning Functions, Oh My!

This is the inaugural post in an occasional series introducing more-than-basic functionality in Python. It’s commonly recognized that Python is an easy language to start learning, but not an easy language to fully master due to its size and scope. My intent here isn’t to give a systematic intro to post-basic Python but to share Continue reading Python Goes Meta: Functions Returning Functions, Oh My!