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The Colorado Springs Open Source Software Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

  • Mar 28, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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6:00 - 6:30 PM - Food, Drinks & Networking
6:30 - 6:35 PM - Announcements
6:35 - 7:15 PM - Basic Concepts
7:15 - 7:20 PM - Break
7:20 - 8:40 PM - Main Speaker
8:40 - 8:55 PM - Door Prize Drawings

Mining knowledge from unstructured text using the Python Natural Language Tool Kit

How to work with unstructured text and build ideas about what all that text means. Using the python natural Language tool kit we will look at texts as bags of words, build histograms, and look at parts of speech tagging. We will also briefly apply a statistical methods to text to extract topics for document comparison, and document grouping. Mark will demonstrate code that uses topic extraction to improve technical writing for an expert audience with google or bing as a sounding board for your ideas.

Mark Mehnkus

Mark Menkhus isa Software Engineer in HP's Software Security Response Team and uses python for evaluating code quality.

Using Python for Data Logistics

Big Data and Data Science projects looking to reduce the risks, costs, and nightmares associated with managing dozens of data feeds have discovered the ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) product category.   But there's no such thing as a silver bullet, and while there are practices and lessons to be learned from ETL, the tools are mostly the legacy of early 90s thinking in which data feeds were fewer, the alternative were COBOL or C, and writing code was deemed risky by DBAs and management.    Ken will show how a high-level language like Python, when matched with certain practices and design patterns can offer a very successful alternative to these diagram-driven development tools.     The discussion will focus on concepts, designs and patterns, and will include examples of successes and failures with a small amount of code.

Ken Farmer

Ken Farmer is a data architect at IBM responsible for their Security Data Warehouse where he has used Python extensively for systems management, general data management, ETL, and analytics.   He writes about data management at, and writes data analysis tools like DataGristle for fun on the side.

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Food Sponsor: TEKSystems
Door Prize Sponsors: Jetbrains - Software license (Several products to choose from)
Book Sponsor: OReilly Publishing - Technical books

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  • John I. A.

    The guest speaker was very knowledge of his domain. His presentation on Using Python for Data Logistics was very interesting. The Python coding I do believe peak an interest in some of the members to join the local Python Meet-Up Group.

    March 29, 2013

  • Joni B.

    Sorry...forgot it was Holy Thursday and so won't make it tonight. Hope to be with you next month. Happy Easter to everyone!

    March 28, 2013

  • Terri D.

    Look forward to meeting this group and learning more.

    March 25, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    I'm very excited about the topic of natural language processing. Can't wait!

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I guess the best way to meet people is to get involved. I'll try to make it, due to my work schedule, I may be a few minutes late.

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ack.. Looks like I'll be in NYC for two weeks, changing to no :-/

    March 7, 2013

  • Robert K.

    It's my first one - be gentle.

    March 1, 2013

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