Monthly Insights #004

Quick April finds: f-strings and getting started with NLP

Hi 👋,

It’s been a slow month for me, work has been busy - I’ve been enjoying starting a new project but have had little energy or motivation for much else, it’s been tough. Getting back on track this weekend, I’ve spent some time reflecting and setting new, more realistic goals and intentions for the next weeks! I have some exciting new blog post ideas including data visualisation and my development toolkit. If you have any topics you’d like to find out more about, get in touch and I’d be happy to try to help!

This month I’m sending you some quick resources to check out including an NLP guide I keep coming back to, a quick update on my projects and the latest books I’ve read - I just finished book #009 today and I didn’t want it to end!

🔍Top resources

This month’s recommended resources from across the web and beyond!

  • f-strings in python are something I wish I’d known about some time ago! They are a much nicer way of formatting strings and, since they are evaluated at run time, are speedy too!

  • Introduction to Natural Language Processing: If you’re looking to get started with text analysis, Dipanjan Sarkar’s book and articles are a great place to start! He provides a comprehensive introduction with practical examples and there are several pages in the book that I regularly reference.

  • Stanza NLP library: In other NLP news, Stanford NLP group recently released a new python NLP toolkit with over 60 languages! Let me know how you find it if you give it a go!

Here’s a friendly reminder


What I’ve been up to in April…

📚This month’s reading list

Still keeping up the non-fiction in April, I devoured the first two books and savoured travelling through history with a novel for a book club with friends.

#007: Where’s my happy ending? by Anna Whitehouse ✭✭✭✩✩

#008: The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World by Jamil Zaki ✭✭✭✭✩

#009: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig ✭✭✭✭✩

Back in Monthly Insights #001 I mentioned starting the FreeCodeCamp Project Euler challenge. I completed a few problems but 3 months into 2020 I’m a little behind the target to reach 100 challenges by the end of the year!
In May I plan to attempt the next few problems in the challenge! What are you doing to keep motivated when staying at home?

If you’d like to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you! Send me an email or find me on Twitter!

Take care and see you next month!