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Nick

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In lockdown with people off work, has anybody decided to learn something new?

Have started pissing about with home automation and raspberry PIs and it's like a rabbit hole where I can see myself programming all sorts of unneeded shite.
 

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I've started reading books again. Got plenty that I've bought in the past but never read. Currently reading "Peaky Blinders - The Real Story" by Carl Chinn (local historian). More of a documentary type book, but it opens your eyes to what it was really like in the area at the start of the 20th century.
 

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I've started reading books again. Got plenty that I've bought in the past but never read. Currently reading "Peaky Blinders - The Real Story" by Carl Chinn (local historian). More of a documentary type book, but it opens your eyes to what it was really like in the area at the start of the 20th century.
I have that, was from Tesco on offer a while ago. Havent read all of it but it was pretty interesting.
 
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Just read Big Sam’s autobiography, my first book in years. Going to get stuck into CCFC The Elite Era next. Lots of facts and data.
 

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I'm also trying to improve my Photoshop skills. I've had the program for years and just potter about with it, but I'm now on Photoshop 2020 CC and following the many tutorials on YouTube.
 

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In lockdown with people off work, has anybody decided to learn something new?

Have started pissing about with home automation and raspberry PIs and it's like a rabbit hole where I can see myself programming all sorts of unneeded shite.
I’ve messed about with Pi’s and an Arduino a bit. Something I’d like to do more of but I do a degree part time which takes up most of my free time with the rest covered by the Mrs reminding me I have to mow the lawn or fix something.

I’d like to learn some Python and general coding as going to be more and more useful in future and anytime I have dabbled before I have enjoyed it.

I see the Open Uni and some other providers have expanded their range of free courses so if anyone is looking to improve skills during this quiet period there’s something to look at.


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I'm also trying to improve my Photoshop skills. I've had the program for years and just potter about with it, but I'm now on Photoshop 2020 CC and following the many tutorials on YouTube.
Have a look on uDemy, they have been giving some courses away for free :)
 
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I've started reading books again. Got plenty that I've bought in the past but never read. Currently reading "Peaky Blinders - The Real Story" by Carl Chinn (local historian). More of a documentary type book, but it opens your eyes to what it was really like in the area at the start of the 20th century.
I fucking hate that villa bastard Chinn

Once saw him claiming something from Cov actually came from Brum and have had an irrational hatred of him since!
 

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In lockdown with people off work, has anybody decided to learn something new?

Have started pissing about with home automation and raspberry PIs and it's like a rabbit hole where I can see myself programming all sorts of unneeded shite.
Me and a mate started down this route before Alexa and Google Home were really a thing. Rabbit hole is right’
 

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With regards to those that have mentioned Python, we're due to be moving to either Python or R with work in the near/mid future. Any good online learning resources you've found?
 

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With regards to those that have mentioned Python, we're due to be moving to either Python or R with work in the near/mid future. Any good online learning resources you've found?
Loads and I’ll look and share some
 

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With regards to those that have mentioned Python, we're due to be moving to either Python or R with work in the near/mid future. Any good online learning resources you've found?
DataCamp is good from a DataScience Perspective. Learn Python the hard way is a classic. There’s loads of good python resources though.

R is the most horrible language I’ve ever experienced. You can tell it was written by non programmers.
 
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Ohhhh what sort of things? :)
At the moment just trying to use it to automate certain aspects of keyword research, I’ve got a new e-commerce client and potentially around 80,000 keywords to categorise and look at the intent behind them, it will majorly help cut down the time for it, still trying to get my head around it but it’s getting there. Can use it to automate all of the time consuming but important boring tasks.
 

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At the moment just trying to use it to automate certain aspects of keyword research, I’ve got a new e-commerce client and potentially around 80,000 keywords to categorise and look at the intent behind them, it will majorly help cut down the time for it, still trying to get my head around it but it’s getting there. Can use it to automate all of the time consuming but important boring tasks.
Have a look at scikit learn (sklearn) very easy to use out the box models.

There’s a good text classification algo using bag of words on the 20 newsgroups dataset that’s very easy to understand I did for my Masters:

5.6.2. The 20 newsgroups text dataset — scikit-learn 0.19.2 documentation

Actually looking at what you’re doing something like Word2Vec might be a better bet then a simple cosine similarity and KNN to cluster them? (god I miss ML)

A Beginner's Guide to Word2Vec and Neural Word Embeddings | Pathmind
 
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Have a look at scikit learn (sklearn) very easy to use out the box models.

There’s a good text classification algo using bag of words on the 20 newsgroups dataset that’s very easy to understand I did for my Masters:

5.6.2. The 20 newsgroups text dataset — scikit-learn 0.19.2 documentation

Actually looking at what you’re doing something like Word2Vec might be a better bet then a simple cosine similarity and KNN to cluster them? (god I miss ML)

A Beginner's Guide to Word2Vec and Neural Word Embeddings | Pathmind
Wow great, thanks a lot for that!!
 
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At the moment just trying to use it to automate certain aspects of keyword research, I’ve got a new e-commerce client and potentially around 80,000 keywords to categorise and look at the intent behind them, it will majorly help cut down the time for it, still trying to get my head around it but it’s getting there. Can use it to automate all of the time consuming but important boring tasks.
Can't you use semrush or anything like that?
 

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Can't you use semrush or anything like that?
For keyword research but not auto categorising based upon architecture and for user intent so much

Also looking at using it to write tens of thousands of title tags and descriptions based upon rules for product pages
 

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They are pretty good, I'll have a look for birthday presents I think. Nice to get away from technology and make things!
 
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Been working on my Spanish and Swedish most days on Duoling app. Definitely seen an improvement.

Also decided to start eating better this week but the energy to use the gym I made in the garden is slipping.
 

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Felt quite proud brushing up on a bit of Excel.
Fuck me has this thread made me feel inadequate!!
 
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Started one of those babbel courses in Spanish

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