A sneak peek into Streamlit’s new deployment platform

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Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been playing around with a new Streamlit feature called Streamlit sharing, which makes it super easy to deploy your custom apps. I’m going to go through a bit of background first, so if you want to see the docs for Streamlit sharing to get started you can find them here.

Streamlit background

For a bit of background, Streamlit is a framework that lets you quickly and confidently turn a python script into a web app and is an incredible tool for data scientists working on teams where they need to quickly share a model or an interactive analysis, or for data scientists working on personal projects they want to show the world. …

The most cliche thing a tech bro can do in San Francisco or New York is to leave … and to write about it.

After living in both places, and knowing scores of people in each who believed they were destined for the city across the country, I wondered how prevalent the cliched ‘I’m leaving SF’ blog post actually was, and why they would say they were leaving. My impression on the purpose of moving from either is pretty straightforward — people leave SF/NYC because it’s too expensive or they’re tired of the monoculture in SF or the broad problems with the city infrastructure. Or maybe they’d rather trade the finance bros in NYC for the fintech crypto bros in SF. But is this founded in anything? …

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New York Pizza Reviews

In January, I moved to NYC to spend 6 months doing non-profit data science work, without ever having stepped foot in any of the 5 boroughs. People here take their pizza extremely seriously, and so I wanted to eat the best before I’m stuck with even higher priced rent and worse pizza (San Fran).

The rest of this piece is a statistical analysis of NYC pizza data (scraped from a website called Barstool), which includes reverse engineering APIs, fun maps, and stats techniques I haven’t had a good reason to try before. (If you just want to see the graphs or play around with the maps, scroll down until you see another map). Because I have limited time in NYC, I needed to aggressively prioritize. But when you google ‘best pizza in NYC’, you’ll get either thousands of lists all reviewed by different people, or you can get aggregated pseudo-anonymous reviews on websites like Yelp or OpenTable. …

In late Spring of 2018, I was elected President of DSI (Data Science and Informatics), which is the Data Science student group at the University of Florida. We teach workshops (Python, R, NLP, ML, you name it) and grow the Data Science community. Soon after my election came this:

“What kind of idiot would I be if I ran a Data Science Organization without applying Data Science to it”

The rest of this post elaborates how we, throughout the Fall of 2018, brought the organization from the state of “we have very little data and the data we do have is unusable” to “we have an organized and useful source of data and have begun to take action from our generated insights.” Over the years of reading data science-related posts, I’ve often felt like this sort of data engineering/collection/synthesizing work is underrepresented, so here we go! …

Three years ago, I sat in a statistics class that covered regression techniques thinking about anything but statistics. Like most people in the class, I found stats boring, tedious, and wholly useless in my daily life.

In a moment of hope, I asked my professor if I could call an audible on the regression project we had just been assigned and try to predict the outcomes of Student Government elections. Ever since then, I’ve sporadically worked on this project, from an increasingly academic and technical perspective as I progressed in my data science career.

The rest of this piece will contain my findings, my failures, the data behind them, and instructions to how to try this type of work on your own. Hopefully, after I graduate this December, other students can take these data and create better models and more interesting insights. …

Florida Blue Key self-identifies as “the most prestigious honorary in the state of Florida” and is constantly lauded as such by the UF community. Naturally, I was curious. What type of student is admitted into Blue Key?

What is the average GPA?
How many get good jobs after college?
And most intriguing — are minority students appropriately represented?

There was an alarming lack of public information.

In short, I found that Florida Blue Key (FBK) members were overwhelmingly and disproportionately male, white, and IFC Greek, and there were serious and systemic race and gender gaps in membership. For the years of 2013–2016, Greek students were over four times more likely to get into FBK than the non-Greek student. Additionally, every demographic group, Asian, Hispanic, and Black people, along with women, were significantly underrepresented in FBK. For context, there were more Blue Key members from a single fraternity (AEPi) than all Asian students, Black students, and Hispanic students.

In 2012, the Republican Party released a 100 page document concerning what went wrong, and how Barack Obama managed to dominate what many considered to be a winnable election. They found that they needed to be more inclusive after they lost 80% of the non-white population, to battle the epistemic closure of ideological members of the party, and to focus on the little victories. The same general principles are true with what used to be the Access Party.

Thus, a post-mortem.

It is no secret that the University of Florida has one of the most toxic political environments in the nation, at any level. Our own esteemed alumni readily admit this to be true. See Bob Graham, two term Governor of Florida, presidential candidate, and three term US Senator who said “I never encountered, in state and federal politics, activities as aggressive as at the University of Florida” or for a more current example look to Debbie Wasserman Schultz whose office routinely throws out any application with Florida Blue Key on the resume. …


Tyler Richards


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