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# Big Data Zone: Best of the Week (May 31-Jun. 7)

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# Big Data Zone: Best of the Week (May 31-Jun. 7)

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In case you missed them, here are the best articles from The Big Data Zone from the past week, as chosen by the curator of The Big Data Zone. This week: An R enthusiast goes Pythonic!, data science from small to big data, the Fibonacci number system, using big data to compare Uber to yellow cabs, and parsing C in Python.

## 1. An R Enthusiast Goes Pythonic!

I’ve spent so many years using and broadcasting my love for R and using Python quite minimally. Having read recently about machine learning in Python, I decided to take on a fun little ML project using Python from start to finish. All in all, I hope this is as useful and educational for you as it was for me. It’s important to step outside of your comfort zone every once in a while :)

## 2. Data Science: From Small to Big Data

This Tuesday, I will be in Leuven (in Belgium) at the ACP meeting to give a talk on Data Science: from Small to Big Data. The talk will take place in the Faculty Club from 6 till 8 pm. Slides can be found online (with animated pictures).

## 3. Fibonacci Number System

Every positive integer can be written as the sum of distinct Fibonacci numbers. For example, 10 = 8 + 2, the sum of the fifth Fibonacci number and the second. Programming exercise: How would you implement a function that finds the largest Fibonacci number less than or equal to its input? Once you have this it’s easy to write a program to find Fibonacci representations.

## 4. An Uber Cool Application of Big Data: Yellow Cabs vs Uber

A recent study using big data comparing Yellow Taxi and Uber trips in New York City seems to suggest that cabs might actually be cheaper than Uber.

## 5. On Parsing C, Type Declarations and Fake Headers

pycparser has become fairly popular in the past couple of years (especially following its usage in cffi). This means I get more questions by email, which leads me to getting tired of answering the same questions :-)

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