Fàbregas versus Arsenal

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  • by Robin Papa

If there’s one thing Arsenal fans dislike this season, it’s the fact that Cesc Fàbregas did not return to their club. Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said he was unable to accommodate both him and Mesut Özil, therefore not using the €32m buy-back clause in Fàbregas’ contract.

What’s causing even more despair, is the fact that Chelsea then convinced Fàbregas to make the switch to the Premier League, where he’s more successful than ever. Over at Reddit, a tweet was posted stating Fàbregas has now more assists than Arsenal in total. But, according to my counts, that’s not correct, as both “parties” are responsible for 7 assists right now.

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Mackevision - Making of Game of Thrones: VFX in Season 4

Most people have heard of special effects used in movies and television series, but haven’t heard of so-called visual effects (VFX), which is the art of adding computer-generated imagery to live-action scenes.  German VFX studio Mackevision has been among the few who made the world of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones so lively. This video shows some of their techniques. A recommended watch for Game of Thrones fans!

Suddenly it popped up in the PlayStation Store, free for everyone to download. A demo called P.T. No one knew what it was, or why it was there, no announcements had been made…

P.T. turned out to stand for “Playable Teaser”, and was pure video-game marketing genius, as stated by CNET. This teaser was meant as a promotional demo for a reboot of the Silent Hill franchise.

PT gained a massive following of horror fans and created a lot of buzz in the entertainment business. CNET: “You simply cannot buy this kind of genuine interest”.

If you’re the lucky owner of a Playstation 4, you should try P.T. If not, check out the walkthrough. Be warned though, it’s scary. 

Getting Started with Statistical Programming Languages (Python, R, SAS)

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  • by Robin Papa

When you want to get started in data analytics, you will eventually have to learn some kind of statistical language. You might have come across SAS or its open-source counterpart R. But also Python is a language that’s used more and more for statistical analysis.

If you need to decide what to learn, Kunal Jain wrote a great comparison of R, SAS and Python that might help. 

Python is great to start out with, as it’s quite easy to get a grasp on. Where R is more limited to statistical analysis, Python is also used as the underlying framework for web applications Dropbox and Pinterest, and many software applications.

So how do I get started?

Luckily, there are many websites teaching specific languages in a fun and addicting way. I’ve list some of them below.

  • Beginner Coding: Codecademy is a great website to get started with Python, but they offer many other courses as well (PHP, Javascript, Ruby, HTML & CSS). Worth checking out!
  • Advanced Coding: Once you’re getting the hang of coding at codecademy, try some exercises at Programmr.
  • Learning R: Datacamp offers a great free course to learn R, similar to codecademy. Or try Swirl!

Have fun learning and let me know if you have any other suggestions!