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Month: May 2017

Machine Learning Using Python Training for UWA Computer Science Students

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What is Python?

Python is a widely used, object-oriented, high-level programming language for general-purpose programming. Popular for its clear syntax and easy readability, it allows users to work more quickly than other programming languages.

Python is popular among programmers of all expertise, as experienced programmers pick up the Python language very quickly, and beginners find the clean syntax and indentation structure easy to learn.

Python can be used on any modern computer operating system and can complete a wide range of tasks, such as processing text, numbers, images, scientific data and just about anything else that can be saved on a computer.

Python is an interpreted language, meaning that it is not changed to computer-readable code before the program is run, but instead at runtime. Python, and scripting programming languages alike, have initiated a change in the industry and increasingly, large applications are written almost completely in Python. Some ways Python can be applied include:

·      Programming CGI for Web Applications

·      Working With Files

·      Building an RSS Reader

·      Reading from and Writing to MySQL and PostgreSQL

·      Creating Calendars in HTML

What is machine learning?

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. It is a method of data analysis that uses algorithms to iteratively learn from data. Understanding machine learning has never been so important, with the increasing amount of big data and the importance placed on analyzing it. Machine learning aims to find patterns in big data, and then uses this knowledge to predict future patterns, without the need for human intervention and supervision.

Why should I study machine learning using Python training?

Machine learning is a must-have skill for all aspiring data analysts and data scientists, or anyone with an interest in using raw data to examine trends and make predictions. Big data, and the need to understand it, has never been as important in the business world as it is today, and thanks to its clarity, syntax and easy readability, Python has emerged as a strong contender for carrying out predictive analysis on big data.

With the increasing demand to extract meaning from large data sets using a wide variety of machine learning, data mining, and data science techniques, knowing the Python programming language is fundamental to business success.

Undertaking machine learning using Python training will give attendants the ability to carry out data processing and analysis, and the know-how to build analytical applications using Python.

What will I gain from machine learning using Python training?

Machine learning using Python training gives a comprehensive, hands on introduction on how to use the Python language and software to analyse data. 

Upon completion of machine learning using Python training, students will not only understand the importance of data analysis and why it so important in this age and time, but be able to:

·      Predict future outcomes and make sound business decisions by using Python language and machine learning.

·      Apply predictive algorithms to data.

·      Create accurate data science models and use Python libraries.

·      To use Python packages in data analysis applications.

UWA Techies Interested in Amateur Radio? Here’s the basics…

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Most of my contributions to date in AusTech have been on software and intangible technology, so I’ve decided to share some knowledge on hardware and one of my biggest hobbies – amateur radioIt’s well known that a hand-held transceiver would not be a good selection for an amateur of first time DX radio user. Despite the fact that the hand-held transceivers have the benefit of being fully functioning device, they have several flaws. Viable alternatives for beginners include VHF/UHF/HF, which are all mode rigs, offering great versatility, however they are usually too expensive for beginners.

Consideration of these factors begs the question as to what equipment is most suitable for first time radio operators. The answer to this question depends on two things, namely; budget and intended use for the radio. There are many reasons as to why individuals are obtaining amateur radio licenses. Some people use the radio as a safety precaution, whilst other enjoy having a technical hobby. These differences in use are to be taken into consideration when deciding what equipment to purchase.

Hand-held FM Transmitter

Hand-held transceivers are perfect for a range of public events, including the co-ordination during emergencies. However, the range of transmission is limited, which may pose limitations in the context of events and operations spanning large areas. These devices are easy to set up and are usually ready for immediate use after purchase.

Mobile FM Transceivers

As the name implies, mobile transceivers are great for circumstances that involve movement, such as use within a vehicle. However, they may also be useful in static environments. They have a great deal of utility when the co-ordinating people during emergencies, however they are not as easy to operate as hand-held devices. These devices can be optimised through the installation of an antenna and a permanent power source, however this will involve a great deal of expense and affect the device’s mobility. These devices are more suited to people who are interested in ‘rag chewing’ the other operators in their locality.

HF, UHF, VHF

These options are reasonably expensive and would only be appropriate for a beginner who was willing to spend a substantial amount of money to establish a radio system. Recent regulatory changes mean that technicians can operate at general level without having to successfully complete a proficiency exam.

Having a system of this calibre will allow an operator to conduct numerous experiments. An operator could experiment with modes ranging from classic digital through to use of RTTY, fax and SSTV.

That’s all I have for amateur radio for now. I hope this knowledge can help you get started and enjoy amateur radio as much as I do!

Why UWA Business and Management Graduates Should Learn DevOps

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In order for a project to be successful, it has to be able to provide a continuous delivery system, whilst maintaining minimal fix time. Basically, it has to be able to perform what it’s designed to do, without breaking. If it does break, it needs to be fixed quick.

When working with developers, IT operations professionals an tester, there is a clash of expectations which can hinder productivity. Developers want change, ops seek stability and testers require risk reduction. Attempting to synchronise all three departments is no easy task. I believe it is of fundamental importance to learn Development Operations (DevOps) for all UWA Business and Management Graduates who plan to enter the technology industry.

What Is DevOps

DevOps allows communication and collaboration between software developers, IT operations professionals and testers in order to minimize the time spent on building, testing and releasing software, whilst also maintaining reliability.

The way this is done is by using a number of tools, or toolchain, as opposed to just one or two. This is how the toolchain works:

  1. Code — The code is developed
  2. Build — The software is built
  3. Test — Testing is performed to ensure suitability
  4. Package — Software is prepared to be released
  5. Release — Software is released
  6. Configure — Infrastructure configuration is performed
  7. Monitor — Performance of software is monitored

Why Organisations Use It?

There are numerous benefits to using Devops such as:

  • Quicker release time
  • Lower failure rate
  • Shortened time between fixes;
  • Faster time to recovery

Companies that regularly put out new software, or software updates require fast, accurate deployment, with minimal error. This means the above advantages are high on their priority list and must be understood and catered for.

Why Do I Need DevOps?

Due to these advantages, it is usually expected of project managers to know and understand the DevOps tools and processes that are used. By attending a DevOps Foundation Certification Training will help you gain recognition by realizing the organization’s development and business goals.

If you are completely aligned with the organisation you work within, or for, you are far more likely to be able to provide exactly what they want, increasing customer satisfaction.

Arbritage Betting Technology is Disrupting Australia’s Online Betting Industry

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Arbitrage betting, or surebettting, is the only betting strategy on sport without risks. No matter what the outcome of the match you have placed a bet you’re still in the black. How is this possible? Let’s consider a specific example of sport arbitrage betting.

Let’s say that West Coast is playing against Fremantle. One bookmaker estimates West Coast winning with 3.0 odds, the second bookie gives Fremantle winning with 2.0 odds. In this case, the odds allow guaranteeing a profit by placing a certain amount for each outcome. Look here.

For example, we are willing to bet in the amount of $600: $250 on West Coast winning, $350 on Fremantle winning.

Thus, your gain is:

– if West Coast wins – 250*3= $750

– if Fremantle wins – 350*2= $700

As you can see, regardless of the outcome you are guaranteed to win. In this case, your profit is $150 or $100 guaranteed without any risks.

How to Find the Arbs?

There are arbs not for each match. How to find them? There are two ways. The first and most time consuming way is to independently monitor the odds at different bookmakers and calculate the arbs on the conventional calculator. But a far easier and more efficient way is to use special arbitrage betting scanners. Apart from searching for arbs, they also calculate how much and on what event you need to place a bet. Just enter the initial bet into the online calculator and the odds of each bookmaker and it shows you the required amount – nothing complicated.

Arbitrage betting technology like this is disrupting Australia’s traditional betting markets. BetBurger, for example, performs deep scans on more than 133 bookmakers in a convenient interface with advanced functionality and affordable tariffs. This makes it a game-changing technology within the betting industry and there are many other services like it.

How Much is Possible to Earn on Arbitrage Betting?

Of course, the greater the amount you bet, the bigger your winnings. The average income of arbers is 10-15% of their bets within one month. That is, if you allocate $1,000 per month for arbitrage betting, your profit will be $100-150.

It should be noted that if you bet large amounts, you may earn a little less return on investment. This is because bookmakers make limits on large sums, but there is no limit in small amounts, so your bankroll will be increased much faster. Regarding time, in the beginning you will only need 1-2 hours. But when you start betting greater amounts, of course it will take much longer.

Good luck in earning from arbitrage betting. Here you can try an example of BetBurger’s arbitrage betting software, and please comment below any experiences you have!

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