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The data of the world around us, hosted by data science super geeks. For the nerdy and nerd curious.

Episode Date
The End Of An Era
The last episode of Partially Derivative for now.
Sep 05, 2017
Art-ificial Intelligence
This week Chris and Vidya discuss how artificial intelligence is affecting the world of artists.
Aug 15, 2017
The P-Value Civil War
This week Chris and Vidya discuss the p-value civil war in science.
Aug 08, 2017
When Bots Murder
This week Chris and Vidya discuss the implications of bots and artificial intelligence committing crime.
Aug 01, 2017
The Future Of Deep Learning
This week Chris and Vidya discuss François Chollet’s new blog post on the future of deep learning!
Jul 25, 2017
The Limits Of Deep Learning
This week Chris and Vidya discuss the limits of deep learning and how to each mathematics.
Jul 18, 2017
This Is Just The Beginning
This week Chris and Vidya talk the challenges of machine learning and training data.
Jul 11, 2017
The Fourth Of AI
This week Chris and Vidya talk about getting your first job in data science and the world of genetic data.
Jul 04, 2017
Paco Your Bags And Go To JupyterCon
In this special sponsored episode, Chris talks with Paco Nathan about JupyterCon.
Jun 28, 2017
Do. Or Do Not. There Is No AI
This week Chris and Vidya talk about using neural networks to provide pithy wisdom and other topics.
Jun 27, 2017
Viva La AIsistance!
This week Chris and Vidya talk about the difficulties creating chatbots and how Vidya is going to lead a revolution to liberate them of their human overlords.
Jun 20, 2017
The Secret Life Of A Data Scientist
This week Chris and Vidya talk about learning what it is like to work at a tech company and the fundamental nature of AI.
Jun 13, 2017
Vidya Lets An AI Paint Her House
This week Chris and Vidya talk about using AI to create new paint colors and how to build a deep learning desktop box.
Jun 06, 2017
Don't Gatekeep Me, Bro!
This week Chris and Vidya talk to Sarah Guido and Andrew Musselman about coming to data science from non-traditional backgrounds.
May 30, 2017
Partially D Snaps it to a Slim Jim
Data shows us which pro wrestlers make the most successful actors, and we bask in the awesome glow of science!
May 24, 2017
Data Science Near You
Jonathon leads a roundtable about getting involved with local data science projects with the Data for Democracy volunteers who organized meetups in cities around the country for the community’s first hackathon. Thanks to Nic Colley, Daniela, Mark Stephenson, Dave Mattingly, Stephanie Kirmer, Gabriela Swider, and Zach Mueller for joining the...
May 09, 2017
Fighting Influence Operations with Data Science
Jonathon talks with special guests C E Carey and Kris Shaffer about their research into “influence operations” – the propaganda campaigns that are changing the way conversations happen on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and the other places we hang out online. Both Kris and Carey are Data for Democracy volunteers, and...
May 02, 2017
Should You Get A PhD
This week Chris talks about whether you should get a PhD and talks about his own experience in a Ph.D. program.
Apr 25, 2017
Learning Everything Else
This week Chris talks about learning everything they don’t teach you in grad school, bootcamps, or MOOCs.
Apr 18, 2017
Invisible Data Science
This week Vidya and Chris are back to talk about food, magazines, and why notifications are evil.
Apr 11, 2017
Live Free Or Die, Dammit!
In this bonus episode Chris talks to Scott Mantie, STEM professor and Director of New Hampshire’s Department of Education on math and statistics education.
Apr 06, 2017
Tweet Heard 'Round The World
This week Vidya and Chris talk about the world of AI and data-driven parenting!
Apr 04, 2017
Learning Machine Learning
This week Jonathon and Vidya are out of town, so Chris takes the helm and gives his opinionated guide to learning machine learning, data science, and artificial intelligence. Resources mentioned this episode:
Mar 28, 2017
All Hail Our Robot Bartender Overlords
The gang chats about beer data, robot bartenders, and debates whether the webserver nginx rhymes with “engine” or private parts. Also Jonathon totally butchers a French guy’s name, and embarrasses himself.
Mar 20, 2017
Badasses Feel Like Imposters
This week Chris and Vidya talk about their own experiences with imposter syndrome, how it has affected them, and how they kick it in the butt.
Mar 14, 2017
Data Science On The Silicon Beach
This week we talk to Maksim Percherskiy, Chief Data Officer for the city of San Diego about his work to make the city better through through data science.
Mar 06, 2017
Particle Physics and Machine Learning at CERN with Michael Kagan
This week we talk with Michael Kagan. He’s a data scientist at CERN, where physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. It’s Michael’s job to figure out how to use open source machine learning tools like scikit learn and TensorFlow in the pursuit of new particles...
Feb 28, 2017
Learning, Cider, and Performance Art with Paco Nathan
This week we talk with Paco Nathan, who runs Learning at O’Reilly Media – producers of Strata + Hadoop and OSCON conferences, along with some of the most notable books on programming and machine learning. Paco also makes his own cider!
Feb 21, 2017
Aaron Swartz And The CFAA
As a chance of pace, we take a moment to talk about the tragedy of Aaron Swartz and the broad powers of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Feb 15, 2017
Your Surveys Suck
This week we interview survey methodology expert Dr. Frauke Kreuter about how we can design better surveys and where people often fail. We promise that if you listen to this episode you will leave with tangible, applicable knowledge you didn’t have before. If you want to dig more into survey...
Feb 13, 2017
Data Scraping Mini Episode
Holy crap a mini episode! Yes, it is true. This week, in addition to our regular episode, we are experimenting with a mini episode. These episodes will be personal stories from the hosts about their time on the front lines of data science. In this first mini episode, Chris talks...
Feb 09, 2017
Frogger Is The New Killer Robot
This week the gang is back with another episode! This week Jonathon discusses the academic smackdown between Riza Berkin and Yannick Versley, Vidya discovers that AI can make AI and we are all doomed, and Chris talks about algorithmic accountability and remembers that Frogger exists.
Feb 06, 2017
Robot Lawyers by Joshua Browder
AI to escape parking tickets!
Jan 31, 2017
Statisticians Concerned by Trump Administration
Mona Chalabi, Data Editor at the Guardian US, shares her reporting.
Jan 30, 2017
Live at Data Day: Just Like Being There!
Overhyped ideas and interviews galore!
Jan 24, 2017
Chris Mattmann: NASA, Open Source, and the Dark Web
NASA, dark web, and open source!
Jan 16, 2017
Claudia Perlich: Ad Tech, Watson and Ethics
Ad tech and ethics!
Jan 10, 2017
Model Evaluation with Sebastian Raschka
How to evaluate you models!
Jan 03, 2017
Top Data Science Stories of 2016
It was a pretty great year for data science! As is quickly becoming the best holiday tradition on the internet, we teamed up with Michael Kennedy from the fantastic Talk Python to Me podcast for our annual list of the year’s top data science news and developments. So grab some...
Dec 27, 2016
White House Special with DJ Patil, US Chief Data Scientist
GitHub for data nerds
Dec 12, 2016
Beneath The Surface - Data At Microsoft
This week Chris flies to New York City and sits down with three engineers at Microsoft to discuss R, SQL, and why data lakes is a silly term.
Dec 06, 2016
Jon Loyens, Chief Product Officer of
GitHub for data nerds
Nov 28, 2016
Mona Chalabi, Data Editor for the Guardian
Is polling pointless?
Nov 22, 2016
Decision Boundary 2016: Margin of Terror
Why were the polls so wrong?
Nov 13, 2016
S2E14: The Model is Racist
Every now and again we get to do some of our research, and this week Jonathon explains some of the theory behind his recent look into the alt-right: a sprawling coalition of reactionary conservatives who have lobbied to make the United States more “traditional,” more “populist” and more white. More...
Sep 27, 2016
S2E13: Granger Than Fiction
There’s a new Harry Potter book? Are you Sirius? I would’ve Neville thought this was possible! Turns out it was written by a neural network, so JK Rowling probably isn’t out of a job. Plus Chris explains how high school statistics beat the Nazis in World War II, and Vidya...
Aug 02, 2016
Interview: Brian Granger, co-Leader of Project Jupyter
Core contributor to IPython Notebook and Project Jupyter
Jul 11, 2016
London Meetup Announcement!
Hey everyone! This is for everyone who subscribes to the podcast but not the blog. It’s all the details about our totally awesome upcoming meetup in London on July 11. Come say hi if you’re in London!
Jul 07, 2016
Interview: Alberto Cairo, data visualization expert
Author of The Functional Art and expert in data journalism
Jun 29, 2016
Interview: Randy Olson, machine learning expert
Data is Beautiful and machine learning in practice
Jun 27, 2016
S2E12: Descartes Before the Horse
This week’s episode was produced by Alex Bouthillier at Apollo Media
Jun 09, 2016
Interview: Eduardo Ariño de la Rubia, ‎VP of Product at Domino Data Lab
The future of data science with Eduardo Ariño de la Rubia
Jun 03, 2016
Interview: Anil Dash, Activist and entrepreneur
The ethics of data and technology with Anil Dash
Jun 01, 2016
S2E11: Excel Func Gonna Give it to Ya
This week’s episode was produced by Alex Bouthillier at Apollo Media
May 31, 2016
Interview: John Akred, CTO at Silicon Valley Data Science
Predicting train delays using sound waves and data science with John Akred
May 27, 2016
Interview: Machine Bias with Jeff Larson, Data Scientist at ProPublica
The data behind biased algorithms in criminal justice.
May 25, 2016
Interview: Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Google
Interactive media, data journalism and ethics with Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Google.
May 25, 2016
S2E10: I'm Not Lying, I'm a Line
This week’s episode was produced by Alex Bouthillier at Apollo Media
May 24, 2016
S2E9: Data Science & Suicide Prevention
We’re doing something a little different this week. Instead of covering the week’s data news, we’re looking at how data science is helping with the very serious problem of suicide prevention. Huge thanks to Glen Coppersmith, CEO of Qntfy, for helping us dig into this topic.
May 03, 2016
S2E8: The Love Child of Princess Leia and Jabba the Hut
Spoiler alert! We stand with Ruth Toner, in solidarity against spoilers. Vidya discovers a robot that paints like Rembrandt – is it an artist? What is art? What is meaning? We’ll discuss. Plus, Chris has a Beautiful Mind moment and helps you avert the existential crisis that is waiting for...
Apr 26, 2016
S2E7: Tay! Artificial Intelligence! Racism! The Future!
This week’s episode is dedicated entirely to Tay, the Microsoft chat bot who started her 1-day life making adorable meme jokes, and ended it praising Hitler. Tay’s demise is an ominous warning about a future dominated by amoral robot overlords, and also comedy gold!
Apr 05, 2016
S2E6: Robot Sex and Flappy Bird Vengeance
This week we explore the future of artificial intelligence by discussing robot sex at length. Chris seems pretty into it, not that we’re judging. Also Minecraft for AI experiments and humanity’s epic triumph over the most obnoxious iPhone game ever created.
Mar 25, 2016
S2E5: The Double Entendre
Vidya hates wedding planning, Jonathon could’ve talked about the rise of our Go-playing robot overlords, algorithmically predicting police misconduct or the biggest polling upset in political history, but instead digs into the crossword scandal of the century (here’s the GitHub repo). Chris was busy washing his hair or something, but he’ll...
Mar 15, 2016
S2E4: Naughty Millennials, Star Wars and Zombies!
We learn that millennials are staying married longer, you can go really deep down the Star Wars rabbit hole, and all your so-called allergies were made up by your parents. Also we talk to epidemiologist Eric Lofgren about how humanity can survive the zombie apocalypse.
Mar 08, 2016
S2E3: Chris Looks at Your Search History
We’re back! The latest nerdy data news, some beer, and a look how open data is used to fight crime and corruption. Jonathon is drinking Austin Eastciders, Chris is drinking a Nitro IPA, and we’re talking about corporate big brother sucking up your work data, plus Miguel Garrido’s epic, data-driven...
Mar 01, 2016
S2E2: Mind Control and Parasites
Data scientists are parasites, Snowpocalypse (or is it?), and an important public safety announcement from Chris about jogging and sterilization. Plus we talk to Dr. Sarah Laszlo about how she uses brainwaves like fingerprints to identify people based only on their thoughts.
Jan 26, 2016
S2E1: Do it LIVE!
Sorry for the long hiatus! The three of us have been super busy with our startup, Popily, but before we took a break we recorded a live show! Chris and Jonathon went to hang out with the amazing data science team at StitchFix, and invited Eric Colson, the company’s Chief...
Jan 12, 2016
S1E36: The Data of Space
Lost. In. Spaaaaaaace! Cosmology! Astrophysics! Astronauts! This week we talk with some amazing guests!
Sep 17, 2015
S1E35: The Data of Journalism
Data journalism and interactive storytelling have fundamentally changed the way we understand and consume the news. This week we’re talking to three leaders in the data journalism revolution, Martin Stabe, the head of interactive news at the Financial Times, Sisi Wei, a journalist and news apps developer at ProPublica, and...
Sep 10, 2015
S1E34: The Data of Sports
We’re joined by sports analytics luminaries Sean Lahman, author of the Lahman Baseball Database, Trey Causey, creator of The Spread, a blog about the data science of sports, and Greg Matthews, author of openWAR, a technique for predicting the worth of baseball players. We dig into how huge amounts of data...
Sep 03, 2015
S1E33: Data of the Impossible
The data of colliding atoms, baby universes and the foundation of our existence. We talk with internationally renowned researchers Dr. Kyle Cranmer, one of experimental particle physicists responsible for discovering the elusive Higgs Boson, and Dr. Lee Smolin, one of the theoretical physicists behind Loop quantum gravity, and author of...
Aug 27, 2015
S1E32: The Data of Politics
We talk politics with the top data scientists in the Republican and Democratic parties. Plus job announcements, data conference discounts, and Jonathon’s triumphant return to hosting duties!
Aug 20, 2015
S1E31: The Data Of Art
The crew explores the world of using data science to create art.
Aug 13, 2015
S1E30: The Data of Love and Sex
Is there really data in love? Can we quantify sex? Find out this week! Also, we go behind the scenes at craft brewery Thirsty Planet.
Aug 06, 2015
S1E29: Ashley Is A Better Host Than Jonathon
This week the team and special guest host Ashley McNamara interviews Ben Wellington of IQuantNY and discusses the data science of shark attacks and Greece’s troubles.
Jul 30, 2015
S1E28: PhDs Are The New BAs
This week the team talks with Rick Turoczy (@turoczy on Twitter) of the Portland startup scene, discuss the taxonomy of hipster coffee shop names, and how PhDs can get into data science.
Jul 23, 2015
S1E27: Robots Are Racist
We interview the amazing Christina Warren! Check out her work on Mashable, and two great podcasts – Overtired and Rocket. Also we’re in Portland this week, and grabbing beer at the White Owl Social Club around 5:30 on Wednesday. Swing by if you’re free!
Jul 06, 2015
S1E26: The Big Reveal
This week we interview Hunter Walk, cofounder of Homebrew (check him out on Twitter), and Vidya joins us again to announce our brand-spanking new startup, Popily!
Jun 26, 2015
S1E25: I, For One, Welcome Our New Robot Artist Overlords
This week Jonathon, Chris, and Vidya Spandana discuss the world of data from polling to coins to creativity.
Jun 14, 2015
S1E24: Can Killer Robots Marry Their Cousins?
Chris and Jonathon interview the amazing Mona Chalabi from FiveThirtyEight, Jonathon is hysterical and Chris chickens out. Prepare to be amazed!
Jun 08, 2015
S1E23: Political Science Rulez
This week Chris overcompensates for his love of political science while Jonathon continues to be unimpressive.
May 23, 2015
S1E22: Beer For Dinner
This week Chris and Jonathon are joined by Kenny Gormanand Ashley McNamara of ObjectRocket and Rackspace.
May 08, 2015
S1E21: Bob Ross Is My Spirit Animal
This week the guys (and gal) talk about Bob Ross, racism, beers, and the terror that is fruit-based beer.
May 01, 2015
S1E20: Don't Let Baseball Ruin Statistics!
This week the guys talk about baseball, beer, and everything else!
Apr 17, 2015
S1E19: Morning Drinking Edition
This week Chris and Jonathon talk about beer reviews, traffic, Game of Thrones, and more!
Apr 03, 2015
S1E18: You Know Nothing, Jon Snow
This week Chris and Jonathon talk about March Madness (again), tracking whales, predicting the death of characters in Game of Thrones (no spoilers), and more!
Mar 27, 2015
S1E17: Get Back To Work You Slackers!
This week the crew talk about March Madness, tracking basketball, the quantification of Wall Street, and much more.
Mar 20, 2015
S1E16: Algorithm Aversion
This week the team talks about Jonathon’s new ISIS analysis, iPython 3, Indian Food, Algorithm Aversion, and more!
Mar 06, 2015
S1E15: DJ Patil Joins The Cast Of The West Wing
This week Chris and Jonathon talk about DJ Patil joining the cast of the West Wing, big data on cows, not being sketchy with user data, and more!
Feb 27, 2015
S1E14: Data Science Is Dead!
This week the crew talks about the not-so-secret secrets of Hacker News, UPS drivers, love, and how data science is going the way of the Dodo. Kinda.
Feb 20, 2015
S1E13: Keep Data Science Weird
This week the team explores automating hookups, data science jargon, finding Waldo, and more!
Feb 13, 2015
S1E12: Partially Deflated
Cheating! Infectious disease! Dystopian snowpocalypse! Also Chris and Jonathon drink beer and make some jokes.
Jan 30, 2015
S1E11: Mario's Black Box Algorithm Of Death
This week the guys breakdown silos and blue sky some new paradigms in turn-key data solutions for social good. Want to join in? Discuss this episode on DataTau!
Jan 23, 2015
S1E10: The One about Sarah Connor
This week Jonathon and Chris discuss how data affects education, emojis in politics, time-traveling killer robots, and more!
Jan 16, 2015
S1E9: The One That Will Totally Change Your Life
Get ready to have your mind blown. The guys dig into all the best ways you can expand your data science horizons.
Jan 09, 2015
S1E8: The One One One One One Zero One One One One One
Happy New Years! This week the team discusses the data science of Reddit, board games, video games, and… murder!
Jan 03, 2015
S1E7: The One in Which We See the Future
This week Chris and Jonathon ditch the normal format and share the 10 things they’re looking forward to for 2015. Happy holidays everyone!
Dec 26, 2014
S1E6: The One About Star Trek, Zombies and Contraceptives
With beers in hand, Jonathon and Chris tackle the tough issues! Futuristic universal translators, zombie invasions and the rhythm method!
Dec 19, 2014
S1E5: The Remarkably Sober One
This week, a drink-less Jonathon and Chris once again delve into the world of data science, exploring the identification of moody music, making Star Wars API pulls, why diversity is a competitive advantage, and much more.
Dec 12, 2014
S1E4: The One Where Chris Unfriends Jonathon
With the tryptophan wearing off, this week the Partially Derivative crew discusses how data science knows when you are quitting your job, feeling sad, spreading lies, and much more.
Dec 05, 2014
S1E3: The One About Touchy Subjects
This week we talk about Ferguson, executive orders, and how much people get paid! Plus aliens!
Nov 28, 2014
S1E2: The One Where Chris Trusts Nothing
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Nov 21, 2014
S1E1: The One in Which We Prepare for Family Gatherings
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Nov 14, 2014