8 Examples of Influencer Marketing on TikTok

Since TikTok launched in 2017, marketers have been trying to wrap their minds around the odd-ball video platform. Now, many are realizing that the key to brand awareness might involve sponsoring influencer content on the app.
Why does this strategy make sense? There are a few great reasons why influencer marketing can be beneficial on a new or niche app like TikTok.

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What’s new in PyMC3 3.1

We recently released PyMC3 3.1 after the first stable 3.0 release in January 2017. You can update either via pip install pymc3 or via conda install -c conda-forge pymc3.
A lot is happening in PyMC3-land. One thing I am particularily proud of is the developer community we have built. We now have around 10 active core contributors from the US, Germany, Russia, Japan and Switzerland.

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Slides, videos, and tweets from the 2017 New York R Conference

In April I attended the 2017 New York R conference, hosted by Lander Analytics and Work-Bench. It was both the third time the conference was held and the third time I’ve attended, and it gets more fun each year, especially because this year eight of us attended from Stack Overflow (including all five of us on the Data Team).

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Handling real-time data operations in the enterprise

Getting DataOps right is crucial to your late-stage big data projects.At Strata 2017, I premiered a new diagram to help teams understand why teams fail and when:
Early on in projects, management and developers are responsible for the success of a project. As the project matures, the operations team is jointly responsible for the success.

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Advanced Analytics: What’s Ahead for 2018

2018 will be the year of the three As:  AI, Automation, and Advancing analytics skills
In 2017, advanced analytics maintained its momentum in the enterprise. Open source technologies such R and Python gained ground.  Other technologies such as machine learning continued to pique interest.  Use of the cloud become more mainstream.

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#MacronLeaks, bots, and the 2017 French election

My latest work titled “Disinformation and social bot operations in the run up to the 2017 French presidential election” investigates the #MacronLeaks disinformation campaign that occurred in the run up to the 2017 French presidential election.

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SciPy 2017

Scientific Computing with Python (SciPy 2017, YouTube Official Playlist)
Tutorials
Beginner
Software Carpentry Scientific Python Course Part 1
(YouTube, overview)
Software Carpentry Scientific Python Course Part 2
(YouTube, overview)
Computational Statistics
(YouTube, overview, github1, github2)
Introduction to Numerical Computing with NumPy
(YouTube, github)
Pandas for Data Analysis
(YouTube, gi

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ICML 2017 Thoughts

ICML 2017 has just ended. While Sydney is remote for those in Europe and North America, the conference centeris a wonderful venue (with good coffee!), and the city is a lot of fun. Everything went smoothly and the organizers did a great job.You can get a list of papers that I liked from my Twitter feed, so instead I’d like to discuss some broad themes I sensed.

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A New Truth Mechanism

Early in 2017 I reported:
This week Nature published some empirical data on a surprising-popularity consensus mechanism. The idea is to ask people to pick from several options, and also to have each person forecast the distribution of opinion among others. … Compared to prediction markets, this mechanism doesn’t require that those who run the mechanism actually know the truth later.

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