Some time ago I followed a data science course taught by Jeff Leek on Coursera. The course was so good and thorough that eventually they decided to split it into several courses and create a data science specialization out of it.
During the course Jeff Leek mentioned that toward the end of the year he likes to compile a list of things other people did during the year.
I think it’s a nice idea, so I’ll make a list of the things I stumbled upon during the year and that I found interesting.
Here it is:
- Nathan Yau posted a scary but entertaining visualization on how you will die. The analysis and data preparation was performed in R, while for the visualization he used D3.js.
- Omar Wagih created Guess the Correlation, a hilarious game where you try to guess how correlated the two variables in a scatter plot are.
- Toby Walsh published a short paper on AI and singularity. Quite a different opinion than the one expressed by Ray Kurzweil in The Singularity is Near.
- Clayton d’Arnault wrote a really interesting article about information overload, one of the biggest problem of our hyperconnected society. The title couldn’t be more appropriate: Drowning in a Sea of Information. I really like the paragraph about idea debt.
- Someone created dsxyliea, a web page that gives you an idea about how people with dyslexia see text.
- Two twin teenagers built a fusion reactor in their bedroom and posted an AMA on Reddit.
- These guys created a really cool project about Beer and IoT.
- Charles Scalfani wrote an article on why experts make bad teachers. Really, really interesting point of view.
- Rody Zakovich created a funny Sankey diagram on the most common swear words in South Park season 1.
- Brandon Liu of pureinformation.net created a beautiful map of New York where you can explore the age of the buildings. I love maps like this one. I want to build something similar in 2017.
- The University of Michigan created Visualizing Health, a website which hosts a collection of visualizations on healthcare topics. All visualizations are distributed via a Creative Commons license, which allows anybody – academics, healthcare organizations, even for-profit businesses — to adapt them for their own objectives.
- Christopher Möller put together a nice list of resources on interactive journalism. I proptly starred this repository on my GitHub account.
- Deep Learning was the buzzword of 2016 (and probably it will be of 2017 too). This article about Emoji & Deep Learning was a bit different from the usual neural network tutorial :-)
Note: I was really tempted to steal some stuff from Jeff’s list, there were really some good links…
Jeff Leek’s “A non-comprehensive list of awesome things other people did in 2016”.