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Data Science Community News | March

By Christina Howell posted Thu March 12, 2020 01:37 PM

IBM Data Science Community Newsletter

March 2020 | Volume 2, Issue 3 | Subscribe


5G: Why Data Scientists and ML/AI Engineers Should Care
5G is a hot topic in technology circles, political conversations and in the news. Interestingly enough, it was also a hot topic at Davos for the high potential of disruption, opportunities and controversy around its implementation. 5G will create interesting and fun opportunities for data scientists.

AI Skills

Webinar: BERT/GPT2 NLP Talk
IBM Developer online meetup discussion includes: comparing and contrasting the popular fine-tuning frameworks GPT-2 [left to right transformer] and BERT [bidirectional transformer], a review of the underlying assumptions each model makes, their use cases, and their impact beyond NLP. Watch now

Call for Code 2020 Global Challenge Announcement 
The third annual Call for Code challenge officially open, with this year's initiative being centered around climate change. Since 2018, Call for Code has shown that developers and data scientists are transforming the world, one line of code at a time. Read more

KDNuggets: Free Mathematics Courses for Data Science & Machine Learning
Mathematics is the foundation of every data scientist's skill set! How sharp are your skills? Do you need a refresher? Learn more

Tools & Libraries

Quick Code: Exporting Matplotlib Animations
Matplotlib is a key library for visualizing your data. Maybe it's time to take your data-viz up a notch. Read more

Bokeh 2.0 has been released!
Another visualization library, but, this one is making big changes: "The most important change to be aware of is that Python 3.6 is now the minimum Python version. Python 2 is no longer supported." Read more

OpenDS4All is Live!
The Open Source Data Science curriculum starter kit is up on GitHub! Use it for your education initiatives; give back by contributing to it. Read more


Neighbor Language Models
kNN may not be the sexiest algorithm, but, it has been a workhorse for decades. This research project goes back to the fundamentals to achieve SOTA in NLP for word completion. Read more
See all upcoming community events here.

Online Meetup | Tonight, March 12, 6–7 pm PT
June 24–25 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
September 29–30 | Barcelona, Spain

WiDS 2020 Datathon Winners and Early Feedback from IBM Teams 
1,479 participants from 69 countries participated in the Women in Data Science Datathon. Review quotes from participants about their experience.  See how won and view videos of talks from the annual conference. Read more

World Wide
WiDS Event Opportunities
Join an event near you. The Women in Data Science initiative from Stanford University aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field. Read more

Podcast | How Did Stanford's Women in Data Science Event Get Started? 
Karen Matthys, WiDS Co-Director and Executive Director of External Partners at Stanford ICME, is interviewed by IBM AI Tech Evangelist Trisha Mahoney Nakayama on a new episode of IBM Data Scientist Series Podcast. Learn more and listen