5 interesting things (8/6/2020)

DBScan practitioners guide – DBScan is a density-based clustering method. One important advantage comparing to K-means is DBScan’s ability to identify noise and outliers. I feel that  DBScan is often under-estimated. See this guide to learn more on how DBScan works, how to choose hyperparameters and more.


Fourier Transform for Data Science – When I was in undergrad school I learned FFT out of context, it was just an algorithm in the textbook and I didn’t understand what it was good for. Later I was asked about it in an oral in grad school and was able to mumble something. Much later I tried to pull some analysis on ECG waves and then I finally understood what it was about.Read this post if you want to demystify Fourier transform. 


Bonus – OpenCV tutorial on Fourier Transform


Dataset shift – dataset shift happens when the test set and the train set come from different distributions. There are multiple expressions of this phenomenon, such as covariate shift, concept shift, prior distribution shift. I believe that every data scientist working in the industry came across at least one of those manifestations. This post provides a very good introduction to the topic and useful links if you want to delve.


A Practical Framework for AI Adoption: A Five-Step Process – having several years of experience as a data scientist I have noticed that data products are often not deployed, do not meet stakeholders’ expectations, not used as the data scientist intended, etc. This post introduces a framework that tries to remedy some of those problems.


Diagrams as code – a code-based tool to draw system diagrams, possibly easier than fighting draw.io. It contains many icons including several cloud providers (AWS, GCP, Azure, etc). common servicers (K8S, Elastic, spark), etc. All in all, seems very promising.



Connected Papers is Here

Almost a year ago I published a blog post about “5 ways to follow publications in your field“. Yesterday I was exposed to a new tool – Connected Papers.

Connected Papers present graph of papers that are similar to each other. However, note that this is not a citation tree. Each paper is a node and there is an edge between papers if they are similar. The similarity matrix is based on co-citation and co-references.
The node’s colour represent the publication year and the node’s size correspond to the number of citation. The graphs are built on the fly given a link or title.

The interface presents the papers’ abstract which makes it easier to browse and jump between the different graphs.

Two small features I can think of is to filter papers according to a publication year and an option to download citation (i.e. bibtex, APA).

I believe that I’ll used it extensively when working on related work.