Adversarial Learning

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Oct 12, 2017

Our guest this week is data scientist for good
Lisa Green

Topics of discussion include

  • What is ethics 
  • Joel's previous life as a financial analyst and the ethical dilemmas therein
  • whether there's anything incriminating in Joel's Yahoo history
  • "identity theft" as a bullshit concept 
  • Google's corrupt bargain with the NHS
  • what the medical code of ethics actually says 
  • polycentric ethics
  • the difference between unethical and incompetent
  • what good a code of ethics does when the "ethical" problems are emergent from the choices of many people
  • that terrible article about the Seattle Nazi convention
  • neuroticism 
  • the Joel test 
  • vgr's bad tweet

Please listen to it.

Sep 25, 2017

Our guest this week is flashcard kingpin and former Partially Derivative co-host Chris Albon.

Topics of discussion include

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Sep 12, 2017

It's Back to School time at Adversarial Learning!

back to school

topics of discussion include

  • OUR SPONSOR: the Metis Demystifying Data Science Conference (at which Joel is speaking, please listen to it)
  • Sudbury education
  • John Holt
  • times tables
  • whether textbook piracy is the new stealing from the library
  • Neil Tyson's "In School" cycle of tweets
  • how to teach curiosity
  • why math is a "hard" skill and people skils are "soft" skills when factorizing matrices is easy and dealing with people is hard
  • whether and how our schools should be producing more data scientists

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Aug 7, 2017
Data scientist Vicki Boykis joins Joel and Andrew to variously debunk and rebunk common Data Science Myths. Is data the new oil? Do data scientists spend 80% of their time munging and cleaning data? What happens if you look in the mirror and say "data science" five times? And many, many, many more.

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Jul 26, 2017
Andrew and Joel come out of hiatus to discuss data conferences:
when to attend them, how to get your talk accepted,
how to network, optimal heckling strategies, where to stay,
and so on. Somehow they also end up talking about fidget spinners,
the "objective" section on resumes, the right way to use LinkedIn,
why Andrew doesn't think much of data science bootcamps,
and why Joel can't convince any data science bootcamps
to sponsor the podcast.

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May 22, 2017

Friend of the podcast Tim Hopper joins us as we share stories of Very Bad Interviews we've been on. (As you probably expect, Joel has the most humiliating stories.)

If you've ever gone on a terrible interview, listen and commiserate. If you've never gone on a terrible interview, listen and live vicariously.

Halfway through, Andrew's Internet flakes out and his part stops getting recorded. Thanks to the magic of editing, you'll hardly even notice!

Mar 20, 2017

Our guests this week are Curtis Yarvin and Galen Wolfe-Pauly, which means that our topic is Urbit ("a virtual city of general-purpose personal servers"). What is it?  Why is it? Is is a political project? And does it have anything to offer data science types?

Curtis and Galen try to explain what Urbit is and answer Joel's objections, while Andrew keeps trying to tie everything back to ham radio.

Mar 3, 2017

Our guest this week is Trevor Grant (@rawkintrevo), an Open Source Technology Developer Evangelist (or similar) at IBM. We discuss how to be a high-energy public speaker, all sorts of weirdly-named Apache projects, the "my name is" meme, why Joel and Andrew don't like Jupyter-style notebooks, Voltron, and how to talk to your kid about "normies".

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Feb 24, 2017

Our guest this week is Juliet Hougland (@j_houg), data scientist and engineer at Cloudera. We discuss that bad Wired article about physics and software engineering, why Juliet knows so much about Urbit, censorship (Twitter and otherwise), dark patterns (LinkedIn and otherwise),
and why none of us was savvy enough to start a social network for data people
and raise $19M.

Feb 10, 2017

Is good data science always political? Our regularly scheduled guest had to cancel at the last minute, so Joel and Andrew decided to talk about politics. 

Topics covered include:

  • the one data scientist who’s not on twitter
  • how much Joel hates the xkcd cartoon
  • free speech in Canada (which Joel gets very wrong, please don't @ me)
  • how one (or one's bot) gets banned from twitter
  • Joel getting a phone call from his kid's school
  • #YarvinGate and #YarvinGate2
  • how good it feels to hold a pitchfork
  • loving one's neighbor vs tolerating one's neighbor
  • why everyone hates Kant
  • Nazi-punching
  • the pros and cons of street violence
  • whether companies should take political stands
  • whether Shopify should power the Breitbart store
  • what the hell do they even sell in the Breitbart store anyway?
  • the difference between refusing to do business with customers because you don't approve them and refusing to business with customers because twitter doesn't approve of them
Jan 13, 2017

Our guest is Jake VanderPlas, who is a real Data Science Fellow at the UW eScience Institute, and is the author of the recently published Python Data Science Handbook

Topics discussed include

  • BiCapitalization
  • bridging the astronomy-astrology divide
  • whether the e in eScience is the same as the e in eBay
  • Myers-Briggs
  • why Jake keeps saying “transcriptable” like it's a real word
  • whether newsletters have replaced blogs
  • how to talk to people at parties
  • what it’s like being a data scientist in academia
  • whether students still hook up in the library
  • why your zodiac sign isn’t what you think it is
  • whether Pluto is a planet and why people care
  • teaching statistics using simulation
  • how to pronounce "numpy"
  • using deep learning to identify new constellations
  • building an AI that chooses the right data visualization

This week's theme music has a cool Vegas swanky lounge vibe. 

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Jan 3, 2017

Our guest this week is Sarah Guido (@sarah_guido), Senior Data Scientist at Mashable. We discuss datasets we hate, how to pronounce "La Croix", what makes "library science" a science, 9/11, data science networking, Joel's plan to build a Twitter client that automatically inserts a "clap" emoji after every word, and Mashable's "best celebrity feuds" of 2016.