Episode 5: The Legend of Plas Vander

Posted by joelgrus on Fri 13 January 2017

Our guest is Jake VanderPlas, who is a real Data Science Fellow at the UW eScience Institute, and is the author of the recently published Python Data Science Handbook.

Topics discussed include

  • BiCapitalization
  • bridging the astronomy-astrology divide
  • whether the e in eScience is the same as the e in eBay
  • Myers-Briggs
  • why Jake keeps saying “transcriptable” like it's a real word
  • whether newsletters have replaced blogs
  • how to talk to people at parties
  • what it’s like being a data scientist in academia
  • whether students still hook up in the library
  • why your zodiac sign isn’t what you think it is
  • whether Pluto is a planet and why people care
  • teaching statistics using simulation
  • how to pronounce "numpy"
  • using deep learning to identify new constellations
  • building an AI that chooses the right data visualization

This week's theme music has a cool Vegas swanky lounge vibe.

Please listen to it.