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PyData Sydney – July 2019

 

 

This month, PyData was hosted by Intellify at the very slick Executive Centre in Sydney’s CBD. Although seats were limited, the room filled up quickly and was bustling with chatter in only fifteen minutes.

 

Soft drinks and pizza were enjoyed by all and the crowd of data scientists, analysts, and other machine learning enthusiasts did not need any encouragement to get their networking going!

The first presentation of the evening was from Senior Data Scientist Ammar Mohemmed. He gave an introduction into Optimisation using Python. His presentation was technical as well as practical – with lots of useful examples from real-life scenarios where price and quantity were involved. His presentation made clear that while machine learning and artificial intelligence technology is an absolute time saver and more accurate than manual human calculations, there will always be a need for human analysis from a business perspective to re-check the suggestions that the models generate.

 

 

The second presentation was from another data scientist from Intellify, Jordan Wade. He presented an algorithm that combines both genetics and neural networks – called NEAT (NeuroEvolution of Augmenting Topology). He enlightened us on how neural networks in artificial intelligence can evolve in a similar way that biological life does (except the technology is much more sophisticated in many ways). Evolutionary algorithms always heavily mirror biology, neuroevolution being no different in this respect.

 

The presenters answered questions and conversed with members of the PyData community and the evening concluded.

 

We would like to thank our venue host and all the members of the Pydata community who joined July’s meetup. We hope to see more of you next time!

For more information about Pydata and our events please click here. Follow us for more events where you can hear from practicing data scientists on their experiences machine learning methods. Proudly hosted by Pydata Sydney’s sponsor – Intellify the 2019 AWS Partner of the Year in Data, Machine Learning and Analytics.

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