An in-depth tutorial in using bokeh to impress your boss and clients

Data science is really all about communication. Those of us who are interested in the subject spend our time learning new numerical methods, learning about how to manipulate data, and learning how to create regressions to draw conclusions from the data set.

But none of that is worth anything if you can’t communicate the results.

This is why I argue that data science is really about communication. The most important part is conveying the conclusions from your data analysis in a way that convinces other people to listen to what you have to say.

Since most people don’t want to dig through the data sets or examine statistical models to understand the data set plotting is the most important communication tool in the data scientist’s arsenal. …


1000x Faster is Now Available!

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The cover of 1000x Faster

Before diving in, I want to make sure I’m being fully straightforward with you. This article is shameless self-promotion. I’ve recently published my book, 1000x Faster: How to Automate Laboratory Data Analysis with Python, and I think you might want to know how it can help your life. If you do, excellent. If you don’t, there’s no need to read on.

What’s the inspiration behind 1000x Faster?

To be honest, I don’t like doing data analysis. You sit at a computer, you open a spreadsheet, you type some calculations and maybe generate some plots, then you move on to the next spreadsheet to do it again. I like answering the questions that are being explored in data, but find the physical act of analyzing the data to be tedious, monotonous, boring. I often wish I was doing something more interesting. …


Or why publishing one article is more profitable than publishing one article

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Connecting the dots between your passive income content — Image credit: geralt at Pixabay

Anybody who creates and sells content as a form of passive income what’s to know how to earn more money from the content they create. I’m sure that’s no surprise to you; anybody who invests their time in something wants to have as big of an impact as possible, and make as much profit from it as possible.

Medium is full of articles talking about how we can have that impact by writing more, and more, and more. If we commit to creating new passive income sources every day we get better at creating those products. …


The momentum of passive income erupts as a beautiful fountain

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Many of us are chasing passive income in our lives. It’s why we write articles on Medium, sell books or courses online, buy and rent out real estate, and invest in the stock market. We dream of the day when we can live off our prior accomplishments instead of needing to constantly achieve new things to pay our bills.

“If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.” — Warren Buffet

I’ve been building my passive income sources for five years now. I write articles on Medium covering topics like data science, leadership, and investing (With a bit of comedy thrown in!). I sell a data set that people can use to practice automating scientific data analysis. I’ve self-published a book teaching people how to automate scientific data analysis. …


Bonus: Putting in less effort causes it to work better!

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I’ll be very open, direct, and honest about it. I want to make more money. I want to have more money available to spend on travel, to buy a nice house, to have the financial freedom to reduce hours at work and spend more time playing with friends and family.

I bet you do too.

There are a number of different things I’ve done to make more money. I’ve gotten better at the work I do. I’ve seen to it that all my projects at work are delivered on time and on budget. I’ve taken on extra responsibilities at work. I’ve shifted from pursuing my priorities to pursuing somebody else’s. …


Reflections from Taking Stanford’s Leading Innovation Course

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We’re all here because we’re interested in entrepreneurship, and innovation. That’s what draws us to the articles in this publication. Maybe we want to be the next Nikolai Tesla, Steve Jobs, or Elon Musk. Or maybe we have smaller visions, and dream of working independently, crafting professional identities based on our skills and our relationships.

I’ve had dreams of being self-employed for years now. For many years it was simply a dream that I didn’t act on. Eventually I started trying a number of different side hustles. While living in Italy I helped researchers publish their papers in English. I wrote a book teaching people to automate scientific data analysis, and started a side company teaching people to do the same. …


Reflections on what I learned from Stanford’s Leading Innovation course

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We’re all here because we’re interested in entrepreneurship, and innovation. That’s what draws us to the articles in this publication. Maybe we want to be the next Nikolai Tesla, Steve Jobs, or Elon Musk. Or maybe we have smaller visions, and dream of working independently, crafting professional identities based on our skills and our relationships.

Building an leading an innovative team is really hard.

I’ve had dreams of building a research team for years now. My vision is to create a culture where people are excited to come to work every day because they get to dream up and pursue great new ideas while surrounded by other engaged and passionate people. At first I tried to build this in a corporate job, and quickly realized my mistake. The attitude at that company was that work sucks, and you put in your time (While fighting to do as little as possible) in exchange for a paycheck. So I switched to a small consultancy where I could focus on building a new division, brining in the work myself, and creating the culture I wanted as it grew. And I quickly learned one very important lesson. …


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How to Escape Membership

I’m guessing you don’t want to pay me $500 per month, or get your fingers broken. Members really do get the short end of the stick in the Ensured Safety MLM Protection Family. Fortunately for you, Ensured Safety isn’t just a protection business. It’s a multi-level marketing protection business. You can climb up the ranks by starting your own protection business! All you do is recruit your own members, charge them $500 per month, threaten them with death and destruction if they don’t pay, and give me 50% of your profits. Once you have three of your own members you turn a profit. …


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My dear, fellow Millennial men. It seems that we have stumbled our way into that dreaded phase of life where we now must deal with the cruelest of fates mankind has ever had to experience. Of course, I’m talking about the fact that we’re now old enough to be balding. Struggling to maintain our sense of masculinity and self-worth as our gorgeous heads of hair fade into distant memory.

Do not despair! I am here to help you make your way through this transition gracefully! Read on to learn about four hairstyles you can use to simultaneously look your best and pursue your professional and social goals, all while hiding your rapidly growing forehead. …


Finding Your Entrepreneurial Direction

Knowing your goals, driven by healthy motivators, will put you on the path to satisfaction

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Many of us dream of taking up the entrepreneurial journey. Of casting off the corporate shackles and building our career, based on our goals and desires, and results based on our satisfaction. We want the freedom to create roles in society that we’ll love.

And who wouldn’t want that? Work is an important part of our life. It takes up a large portion of our lives. We typically dedicate a minimum of 40 hours each week to working, plus the additional time spent commuting and thinking about it off hours. If we can’t find at least some satisfaction in it our lives are going to feel real tough. Additionally it’s a way for us to provide value to society, help make the world a better place, and build social connections through our clients and collaborators. Work can be a deeply rewarding experience. …

About

Peter Grant

Pioneering a new research department at Beyond Efficiency. I write about building science, data science, marketing and leadership.

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