We did it, Joe! We built our first Natural Language Processing model!

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This is a storytorial (story + tutorial) on how I built my first NLP model.

NLP is short for natural language processing. It’s a machine-learning algorithm commonly used for analyzing words. You turn words into numbers (through a process called vectorization!) and then use the model to help you run analyses of the words.

I had learned about NLP from the Udemy course I was taking (you can read about that here), and I had a unique idea for demonstrating what I learned. The Udemy video was great…

Learn how a group of data students and professionals organized across the Twitterverse— and get involved!

Black in Data representation by Chloe Hoeber

Who knew that a coalition of ambitious, intelligent, Black data professionals across the globe would form in response to a tweet?

When I saw Simone Webb’s tweet calling for data students and professionals all across the Twitterverse to assemble, I slid into her DMs faster than you can say matplotlib.

That was my introduction to Black in Data, where I met co-founders Simone Webb and Ruth Agbakoba. Using tweets, a Slack channel, and multiple Zoom meetings, I also met Victor Ekuta, Markia Smith, Amanda Obidike, Crystal Grant, Chloe Hoeber, and more data professionals interested in diversifying the dataviz field and…

Hello everyone. I am disappointed.

You probably know me as the woman with no CS degree teaching herself data science. And for almost a week now, I have not been able to get anything done.

Why? Simple. I broke my Jupyter Notebook.

What is Jupyter notebook?

Jupyter notebook is an IDE, which stands for (*opens Google*) integrated development environment. It’s a software used for running code. Jupyter Notebook is an IDE that many data scientists default to when creating their code.

And I broke mine.

How on earth do you break an environment, you might be wondering?

Simple: I was doing too much. …

Learning about KMeans clusters in a Jupyter notebook

This is part 2 of How a black woman with no CS degree or bootcamp is teaching herself data science. If you haven’t read it, don’t forget to check it out here.

In this blog post, I’ll disclose how I met my data science mentor who ALSO happens to be a black woman!

Remember the woman I met at the Women in Data meet-up in November? Well, her name was Susan. While I was at the meetup, Susan invited me and a few others to join another organization, ATLytiCS. The tagline for ATLytics is Using Data Science for Good. And…

That’s me!

I’m teaching myself data science!!

It’s funny. I tried to write down everything I was doing and planning to discuss that I actually stopped writing this. This was originally initiated on the 17th. You see what trying to be perfect does to you? It makes you not even finish things you’re really excited about! If you don’t get anything from this, get this: perfect is the enemy of done.

How a black woman with no CS degree or boot camp is teaching herself data science

WHY am I doing this?

Long story short: I’m bored and I’m broke (or as…

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And here’s what to do about it.

Anyways, I’m in a few Youtube groups on Facebook, and people were up in arms about the new policy: you’ve got to have 4000 hours of watch time within the past twelves months and 1000 subscribers to be eligible for monetization. And if you don’t meet these requirements but you’re already monetized, your monetization will be revoked. Okay.

Down my feed, I see complaints on Logan Paul, things not being fair, people feeling like they’re wasting their time with sub-for-sub threads, people feeling like they need to give up.

And to those people…

It’s not as bad as you think it is. It’s worse.

Maybe you’re Christian. Maybe you don’t like the taste of alcohol. Maybe your parents never let you try it out. Whatever your reason for not having sex or doing drugs in college, know that people will NOT share the same beliefs.

With new people come new social settings and new temptations. Not gonna lie, it’s going to get harder holding on to beliefs, but before you go into college feeling like you won’t fit in anywhere, I wrote this post to remind you that you’re not alone. I’m Blossom…

Blossom Onunekwu

I'm a college and health blogger and freelance writer with a passion for food and sanity. Have a laugh or two with my witty, informative posts!

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