Episode 4 – Travis Oliphant

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Brief Introduction

  • Date of recording – Apr 28th 2015
  • Hosts – Tobias Macey and Chris Patti
  • Overview – Interview with Travis Oliphant

Interview with Travis Oliphant

  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • I’m curious what inspired you to create NumPy and SciPy?
  • Why did you choose Python for those libraries?
  • For those of us who aren’t in the know, can you provide a brief definition of what data science is and how you got involved in it?
    • Term coined by DJ Patil
    • Answer: Anybody who takes data and tries to derive insights from it
    • Nobody really knows what this means 🙂
  • Can you tell us the story of how Continuum Analytics came to be?
  • What are some interesting projects that you have worked on with Continuum Analytics?
  • Can you explain a bit about what NumFocus is and how it got started?
  • How can our audience get involved with NumFocus?
  • For someone just starting out in the data science and data analytics space, what advice would you give?
    • Download Anaconda, learn as much Python as you can
    • Google search “Data Analysis in Python”
    • iPython Notebooks in data analysis
    • R community
    • Meetups
    • Online classes
    • R Community can be helpful
  • Of your myriad achievements, what are you most proud of?

Picks

The intro and outro music is from Requiem for a Fish The Freak Fandango Orchestra / CC BY-SA