Using R and the A* Algorithm: Turning Cats into Dogs

January 21, 2019

Recently, I’ve come across a 3 problems that were solved quickly using the A* algorithm: Splitting cantonese sentences into words (e.g. 我好肚餓 -> 我 - 好 - 肚餓). Comparing how similar sounding two english words are. Cruising around minecraft. Since I started on these problems using python, the python-astar package got me up and running quickly. However, when switching to R I wasn’t able to find it in any libraries, like igraph. ... Read more

Teaching Data Science to High Schoolers

April 5, 2018

Over the past year I’ve worked on the tools to execute and grade code behind the scenes at DataCamp. This work has ranged from expanding our open source tools for grading R and Python code, to running SQL and bash exercises. However, while helping scale up education data science education to thousands of students is something I’ve wanted to do since helping teach statistics in grad school, there’s is a certain sanity in being in a room with handful of students. ... Read more

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