All the Problems with the M6 Competition (and a few good things)

I was so excited to see the announcement of the M6 forecasting competition. For those who don’t know the M series of competitions (not to be confused with BMW cars) is a long running series of competitions for forecasting time series. It comes from the 1980’s, well predating the modern data science explosion. And this …

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Setting up and Optimizing Python for Data Science on Intel, AMD, and ARM (including Apple) Computers

Setting up a Python environment is often a pain. Even worse is that sometimes the environment, once it is finally built, is surprisingly slow because the underlying numeric libraries (BLAS, OneAPI, and so on) are improperly configured. This aims to be a fairly definitive guide to fixing those problems as of early 2022. How much …

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My 2021

2021 was a long, eventful year. Was it good or was it bad? I am not sure. Both, I think. The defining thing about 2021 for me was the sheer amount of travel I did. I was in Ukraine, home, then Savannah, Knoxville, Utah, home, and then Lithuania, Croatia, Tunisia and then home. These weren’t …

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