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New Meetup: LA Ruby April Meetup

From: Alf M.
Sent on: Thursday, March 18, 2010 10:38 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Los Angeles Ruby/Rails Meetup Group!

What: LA Ruby April Meetup

When: Thursday, April 8,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Jobspring Partners
10990 Wilshire Blvd Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA 90024

LA Ruby is coming to the West Side! Join us on April 8th at Jobspring Partners in Westwood for our April meetup. This month, we have a special guest, Randall Thomas from EngineYard, visiting with a talk about machine learning. We're also looking for more presentations...please contact Alf through the Meetup site if you're interested in presenting.

In addition to providing a site on the West Side for us to meet, Jobspring Partners is also sponsoring pizza and beer this month!

Schedule:

7:00-7:15 Open
7:15-7:30 Introductions
7:30-9:00 Presentations (3 30-minute slots)
9:00-10:00 Open

Presentations:

Artificial stupidity, adding smarts to yer kode with a little machine learning
Randall Thomas, Engine Yard

Machine Learning and data mining have long been seen as "black arts" - partly because they sit squarely between various rigorous disciplines (statistics, linear algebra, analysis, geometry), partly because of PhD level practitioners, and partly because any meaningful analysis required access to expensive computing clusters. This exploration will cover a basic (and gentle) introduction to machine learning, and a brief overview of what sort of problems fit well into the machine learning bag. We'll walk through a few examples (running on Engine Yard Cloud) of how this might fit into your project, and the drastically lower economics of cloud-enabled machine learning analysis.


Mastering the Art of Vim Fu
Doug McInnes & Alf Mikula, AT&T Interactive

Over 30 years after vi was written by Bill Joy, Vim is one of the most popular editors for writing Ruby code. Learn about why Vim is so popular, and get tips on some of the the essential plugins for editing Ruby and Rails code in Vim.


Your Presentation
by You

YOU should do presentations for LA Ruby. Even if you don't think you're the best person to give a talk about something, you'll learn more about your topic in preparing for your talk and fielding questions at the meetup. And most importantly, we need you to get better at presenting so we can have more local representation at the next LARubyConf! So volunteer to present on one of your favorite topics!

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/laruby/calendar/12922354/

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