The financial industry is no stranger to the power of technology. After all, it has developed its own legion of Quants who use advanced quantitative analysis and programming techniques to exploit big opportunities in the capital markets. Despite being highly regulated, the FinTech industry is booming with the entry of smaller startups looking to disrupt the space with the latest technologies, with data science being at the topmost of the list.
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Natural Language Processing or NLP for short is a field of computer science, artificial intelligence (AI) and computational linguistics concerned with the interactions between computers and human natural language. It's a relatively new field and a "hot" area in technology today. Read some more about it from our Data Science instructor, Lesley Cordero. Byte Academy offers a Natural Language Processing mini-course for those who would like to study this area.
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Jason Ng just joined our team as a Full-Stack instructor and code guru, and, has some tips for the noobs. A former instructor at General Assembly, Jason has a wealth of teaching experience. On a side note, he also enjoys moonlight walks on the beach and candlelight dinners.
Coming from a voice of experience who has dealt with plenty of beginner coders, here are Jason's Top Tips for when you start coding:
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Top Reasons to Learn Python
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With increased interest in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, there is also increasing interest in the underlying technology, i.e. blockchain. While Financial Technology (FinTech) companies were the first ones to notice the potential of blockchain outside of cryptocurrencies, now more and more businesses are exploring the technology. For e.g.
Topics: Cryptocurrency books Blockchain
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Can voter preferences be predicted by facial features?
This was what the Gordon cohort explored in their final project - Politics of the Face presented at their graduation April 8. One of the team members, a political science major, was inspired by his involvement in political campaigns before attending bootcamp for twelve weeks. Now, his experience at Byte Academy will help him master his political passion. Politics of Face maybe able to save candidates and pollsters time, money and more. If you missed the presentation, see their slides here.
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“I want to lose 10 lbs before summer.”
“I want to read a book a week.”
“I will eat more fruits.”
“I will give up smoking.”
“I will be more organized.”
“I want a bikini-bod this year.”
We all make New Year resolutions but they tend to be personal. Many don't last more than a month, so when we reconsider how to self-improve, why not do something relevant, achievable and, new - like learning a very important skill in this digital age: coding.
It’s common to look at a website and wonder how it was made or look at a mobile app and think, “Hey that's pretty neat!” or, “that was so useful but I wonder if it could also do that...” Even marveling at technological innovations, we distance ourselves from them if we don't know the basics in order to understand what's happening behind the interface.
The world of 1’s and 0’s was hostile territory to me, sanitized by a set of rules. Studying Arts, coding and I were like oil and water. I could not relate to my friends struggling to learn C++. Once in grad school, I took a compulsory coding workshop. It wasn't like swallowing the red pill, but when I saw my sample Web page from the lines of code I had sweated over, everything seemed to make sense in the former unknown universe. At an age where I felt the world was out of my control, coding was something that I could do by myself. If something didn't work, I could mend it. The power to build websites and databases could be mine...
Topics: education programming Programming Tips
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Throughout the history of cryptocurrencies, there have been several instances of cryptocurrency exchange hacks. Perhaps you may have even heard of some, such as the infamous Mt. Gox (which is actually an acronym for Magic: The Gathering Online eXchange). We intend to take a look at some of the prominent incidents, identify common patterns, and offer best practices for cryptocurrency traders.
Topics: security Cryptocurrency Blockchain
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Podcasts have got to be everybody’s favorite mode of consuming knowledge. They pack a lot of information in a single show, provide you with a fun conversational tone for all topics and are absolutely perfect for those boring, long commutes. Listening to Data Science podcasts is a great way to stay up to date on the latest advancements in the field, coming right from the leading voices of the industry. Here are 10 of our favorite picks -
Topics: Data Science learning
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NLG (Natural Language Generation), a subfield of Artificial Intelligence, is a hot topic in the technology news today. We hear a lot about AI that can soon replace writers and journalists beginning the era of machine creativity. But, what’s all this fuss about? In this article, we unveil what NLG really is and show that it can bring a lot of benefits to businesses and consumers.