Comet Office Hours: Recap for June 6, 2021
Welcome to another recap of the Comet ML Office Hours, powered by The Artists of Data Science!
This past Sunday (June 6th), we dug into some really interesting ideas and technical processes, including what to do when you feel overwhelmed by the plethora of resources for a given task, what advice you’d give to yourself if you could travel back in time, and how to approach reading along your data science journey.
As always, we’d love to see any and all of you at these hourlong sessions—so feel free to register for upcoming Office Hours sessions here.
Without further ado, here’s a quick recap of just a couple of the most interesting conversations we had last week, as well as a list of some of the resources that were mentioned throughout the event.
Lessons to your previous self
Host Harpreet Saota kicked things off by posing a question to the full group—knowing what you know now, if you could go back to the beginning of your data science journey, what advice would give your previous self.
Plenty of interesting responses here, including:
- Find a way to contribute back to the community from the beginning
- Learn the statistics that underpin data science work
- Invest time in learning how to communicate about what you do
- Don’t be afraid to share your perspective and what you’re learning
The short clip below includes a really powerful reflection by Krzysztof Ograbek on the importance of contributing to the larger community—which naturally, as Comet’s Head of Community, is something I care deeply about.
Getting started with the ML lifecycle
This past week’s conversation wasn’t all philosophical, however. Attendee Bhavika Chavda, who just started an internship as part of a data science degree program, noted that she’d been tasked with building an ML model…the problem is, she’s never worked with ML specifically and isn’t sure where to start.
What followed was a broad outlining of the ML experimentation lifecycle. While, of course, every process and stage of the lifecycle couldn’t be covered fully, Harpreet did a nice job of carving out some of the primary stages:
- Defining the problem and its scope
- Creating an initial analysis plan
- Exploratory data analysis and dataset preparation
- Feature selection (and engineering)
- Creating a baseline model
- Revisiting data groupings
- Experimenting with increasingly complex models
- Tuning hyperparameters
- Working with more advanced modeling techniques (i.e. ensemble models)
What Harpreet outlined is something near and dear to our hearts here at Comet: Experiment Management. For a deeper dive into this topic, be sure to check out our 3-part webinar series + ebook titled “Experiment Management 101”, where our team explores all the key things you’ll need to consider when planning and executing your ML experiments.
But for now, here’s a look at the exchange between Harpeet and Bhavika:
In addition to the wonderful back-and-forths throughout the session, there were a whole lot of interesting resources mentioned, both by Harpreet and many of the attendees. Here’s a quick list, in case you’d like to check out what is capturing the community’s attention.
- Give and Take (Adam Grant, Penguin Books)
- Hands on ML with Sci-kit Learn and TensorFlow (Aurélien Géron, O’Reilly)
- Machine Learning with R (Brett Lantz, Packt)
- Fighting Churn with Data (Carl Gold, Manning Publications)
- People Skills for Analytical Thinkers (Gilbert Eijkelenboom, MindSpeaking)
- Python Cookbook – David Beasley and Brian Jones, O’Reilly)
- Meditations (Marcus Aurelius)
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One last thing…
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