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A Meetup for anyone who wishes to learn about Data Science, how to do Data Science and how to communicate effectively as a Data Scientist. All levels of skill and experience are welcome to share ideas and help develop the community.

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For Loops == Stats v2.0

Thoughtworks Brisbane

Our Presenter: Enrique Bustamante - Meetup Host, Teacher, Data Scientist and massive nerd. Presentation Topic: Sometimes, the analytic approach to statistics is a bit of a pain. Symbol dense, needs looking up in a textbook or Wikipedia, and it's easy to forget the question you were asking initially. That's where hacking your way to an answer comes in. If you can write a for loop, you can get around to some pretty decent stats on your data, especially if you need something quick. In this presentation, attendees will learn about four computational statistical methods that are easy to remember and implement that can save quite a bit of time. Our Sponsor this month: AARNet Pty Ltd (APL) is the not for profit company that operates Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet). The shareholders are 38 Australian universities and the CSIRO. AARNet provides high capacity Internet and other communications services for the nation's research and education community, including universities, health and other research organisations, schools, vocational training providers and cultural institutions. AARNet serves over one million end users who access the network for teaching, learning and research. For further information, please visit: www.aarnet.edu.au (http://www.aarnet.edu.au/) The event is at the Thoughtworks offices, level 19, 127 Creek Street, with official kick-off at 6:00 pm.

Rhetta and the Regional Innovation Data Lab

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Our Presenter and Topic: Rhetta Chappell is the Data Analytics Web Developer for the Regional InnovationData Lab (RIDL). RIDL’s data-rich environment provides new opportunities to fast-track innovative solutions which address long-standing urban and regional problemsby using “place”, rather than discipline or agency, as the data linking framework. RIDL is positioned to be at the forefront of regional innovation through data and byleveraging strong partnerships to be a national and international leader in harnessing data to build innovative, dynamic, regions of the future. Rhetta develops interactive and intuitive applications and map-based data visualisations to inspire policy makes, community leaders and researchers to have data driven conversations and make informed decisions. Originally from Canada, Rhetta has a background in anthropology, longitudinal research and data analysis. Rhetta is excited to share an application she is working on which aims to provide valuable insights into each of Queensland’s 30 commonwealth electoral divisions in preparation for the 2019 federal election. The application has been built based on conversations and input from Griffith University’s Policy Innovation Hub and uses open data from multiple sources. The analysis which supports the application has been completed using the open source programming language R and the application uses R Shiny and Leaflet to visually display the information in table, chart and spatial formats. Rhetta will share the application and underlying analysis and she is eager to gather feedback as the application is still in development. She will also briefly discuss the other projects RIDL is working on and the general mandate of the data lab. Our Sponsor this month: AARNet Pty Ltd (APL) is the not for profit company that operates Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet). The shareholders are 38 Australian universities and the CSIRO. AARNet provides high capacity Internet and other communications services for the nation's research and education community, including universities, health and other research organisations, schools, vocational training providers and cultural institutions. AARNet serves over one million end users who access the network for teaching, learning and research. For further information, please visit: www.aarnet.edu.au (http://www.aarnet.edu.au/) The event is at the Thoughtworks offices, level 19, 127 Creek Street, with official kick-off at 6:00 pm.

Everything happened somewhere: Data Science and Spatial Analysis

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The Presentation: Most data has at least an implied spatial component: – How long will it take me to drive from one location to another? – Where is the closest supermarket to my house? – Where can I take my dog for off leash playtime? While the thought of spatially analyzing your data and finding answers to questions you never thought to ask seemed like a dream 30 years ago, the recent digital disruption and transformation means fast data discovery and spatial analytics has become the new norm. Using Geographic Information Systems, quickly transforming tabular data, from sources such as Excel spreadsheets, to visual works of mapping art, or turning 2 dimensional numbers to 3 dimensional representations of the world around us is not only possible, but entirely plausible. By coupling emerging technology and a limitless mind, we’re positioned to make informed, data driven decisions. In this session, as well as discussing the spatial dimension of data analytics, there will be a demonstration using a web-based data analytics tool made for advanced location intelligence which will highlight exploring our data spatially, finding trends, verifying patterns, and answering questions we didn’t know we had. Our Presenter: Ta Taneka An enthusiastic professional seeing and implementing the changes brought on by digital disruption and the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Revolution. Having followed a unique path to the consulting, including stints client services, technical support and training teams, I’ve developed a strong understanding of how end users can leverage GIS technology to get more out of their organization’s data. In my near 10-year career span I have worked across private, commercial and local government agencies and functioned as a: – Customer service representative – Marketing administrator – Student research officer – Esri and CompTIA certified technical and training analyst – Technical support team lead – Presales and Solution Consultant As such, my experiences have afforded me a unique vernacular which enables me to speak genuinely, authentically and powerfully. Our Sponsor this month: AARNet Pty Ltd (APL) is the not for profit company that operates Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet). The shareholders are 38 Australian universities and the CSIRO. AARNet provides high capacity Internet and other communications services for the nation's research and education community, including universities, health and other research organisations, schools, vocational training providers and cultural institutions. AARNet serves over one million end users who access the network for teaching, learning and research. For further information, please visit: www.aarnet.edu.au (http://www.aarnet.edu.au/) The event takes place at the Thoughtworks offices, level 19, 127 Creek Street, with official kick-off 6:00 pm.

Taming the beast: Automated testing for complex data pipelines

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The Presentation: When you are faced with a system that processes massive datasets with complex data pipelines involving machine learning, how do you test effectively? When your tests results are less "pass" and "fail", and more "sort of" and "not really", how do you automate testing? Trish Khoo draws upon her experience in testing complex data systems to demonstrate proven strategies for testing in this field. Her experience working on ultra-large-scale systems at Google in Mountain View, California shaped her technical approach to testing which she applies in her work as a consultant today. Our Presenter: Trish Khoo is a software development consultant and international keynote speaker. She has over 15 years of experience in the software industry, specialising in software testing, infrastructure and automation. Her journey has taken her from Microsoft to Google, from London to San Francisco, and many places in between. Now she helps companies all over the world with their software needs from her home base of Brisbane, Australia. She also dedicates time towards fostering a strong local tech startup community and mentoring other technologists. When she’s not doing this, she’s working on her creative pursuits – artwork, singing and writing. Learn more about Trish at her website http://trishkhoo.com The event is at the Thoughtworks offices, level 19, 127 Creek Street, with official kick-off at 6:00 pm.

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