• Life and blog

    January goals

    I have only one good resolution for 2020 and this is to resume writing down my monthly goals every month. I kind of drop this habit lately but I noticed that this is the best way for me to work on my goals consistently. Yearly goals are must of the time too big and it is difficult to follow through. Daily goals do not work that good for me either because they lack perspective. Monthly goals are just best for me. My January goals Finish the last course of the IBM data science track on Coursera read at least 2 books bake a Twelfth Night Cake with my daughter read…

  • Life and blog

    Happy new year!

    2019 is ending soon and a new year is beginning. I wish you all a very happy new year! Happy new year! Here are a few quotes to start the new year: “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – Shakespeare “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

  • STEM

    Data science project: machine learning

    This week, I was sick and had to stay home. This was of course bad but this gave me the opportunity both to spend more time with the children (also sick at home) and to work on my data science course. And I finally completed the course 8: Machine learning with Python Course 8: Machine learning with Python I completed the course on December 10th 2019. This was an interesting course. You learn for instance how recommendation systems work on popular websites such as Amazon or Netflix. The part on regression was not totally new. I had already seen these notions in previous courses. However, the parts on classification, clustering…

  • Life and blog

    My Christmas bucket list

    Christmas is coming. Unfortunately, the whole family is facing a bad cold and we are sneezing and coughing a lot. However, we are very excited about Christmas and already started Christmas related activities. Here is my Christmas bucket list, a small list of things we have done or plan to do. Bake Christmas cookies: done! We even baked twice, once only with the children and the second time with a friend of my daughter that we had invited. Decorate the Christmas tree: done! Bake Lebkuchen (German gingerbread cookies): we want to do that on Saturday Bake a French bûche au chocolat (French Christmas cake): planned for Christmas day Prepare a…

  • STEM

    Data visualization and machine learning

    I have kept working on my data science specialization course since my last update on the blog. I have been working on topics such as Data visualization and machine learning. The last course are definitely more challenging than the first ones and I learned a lot. Course 7: Data Visualization with Python I completed the 7th course of the specialization: Data Visualization with Python. There were a few things I already knew but I really learned a lot. Some chapters of this course were really cool, like creating a chloropleth map (this is a map where areas are colored to indicate the values of a particular quantity in those areas). Another…

  • STEM

    Data science project: November update

    I have not written on the blog for weeks. However, I have not been lazy. I worked a lot on the data science project. I kept working on the IBM data science track on Coursera. Here is my November update. One of the courses, “Data Analysis with Python”, was very long and it took me more time to complete it than I had needed for the previous courses. Most of the concepts in this course were also completely new to me, compared with the previous course November update: new courses Course 6: Data Analysis with Python I completed this course on 25/10/2019. This was the longest course I took so far and…

  • STEM

    Data Science project: October update

    This is a quick October update on my data science project. I am taking Coursera courses about data science and want to finish the IBM data science track by the end of the year. You can see below my previous posts on the project: My goals for September -> first presentation of the project Book review: Ultralearning (Scott H Young) ->the post is actually about the book Ultralearning but at the end of the article I am showing how the book helped me to define my data science project better Data science project: first weeks -> description of the first courses I took October update: new courses Course 4: Python…

  • STEM

    Data science project: first weeks

    I am still working on my data science project and until now, it is going well. This is not always easy to find time to work on this but fortunately, the first courses of the IBM data science track on Coursera have not been too difficult. The next ones will probably be more challenging however. I could complete the first courses relatively fast. Actually, I think the amount of work needed that is indicated on the courses is not really accurate. Some exercises are supposed to take one hour to complete, but actually, it takes rather ten to fifteen minutes, even if you are not familiar with the subject. Data…

  • Books

    Book review: Ultralearning (Scott H Young)

    This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Ultralearning is the first book of Scott H Young but he has been writing about ultralearning for years on his blog. I love his blog and follow it pretty regularly so when he first wrote about his book project, I was very excited and when the book was finally published, I knew I had to read it. Scott H Young is famous for his MIT challenge, a project for which he followed MIT classes and took the corresponding exams during one year. The goal was to come as close as possible to a standard MIT education, but…