Month: February, 2013

Making Space in LaTeX Documents

A recent major proposal deadline gave me a chance to brush up on my LaTeX skills. As a rule, it’s better to make your proposal more concise than to play formatting tricks to squeeze more text in. For this proposal, though, I needed the big guns–for some sections the instructions alone were a significant fraction […]

The Data Science Core Curriculum

Jake Klamka spoke at Caltech a few months back about his Insight Data Science Fellowship–a program designed to help science PhDs transition into jobs in data science.  The program guides scientists in packaging skills they already have so that employers can easily see the relevance and value to their business.  Jake’s own initial difficulty getting […]

Tracing the Changing State of the Union with Text Analysis

U.S. Presidents since George Washington have delivered State of the Union addresses each year to describe the nation’s condition and prioritize future action.  Can we glean historical patterns from the texts?  Do presidents speak similarly in times of war or depression?  Do Republicans and Democrats emphasize different words?  How does the evolution of American English […]

Python for IDL Users I: Ecosystem

Python is often the language of choice for today’s cutting-edge astronomical software.  Scientists wishing to take advantage of this powerful and growing ecosystem face the hurdle of learning a new programming language.  Thankfully, with the rapid growth of scientific Python, a number of excellent comprehensive tutorials have been developed, many particularly for astronomers: A CfA […]