Machine Learning Practice: Part II

Let's check the news.

Building a Dataset

We were introduced to a few basic concepts in part one of this series, but going forward it will probably be easier to start experimenting with data that is actually relevant to the problem that we want to solve. As refresher, that problem is scan news articles and determine if they are relevant to natural resource conservation.

To start simple, we'll grab two articles; one about some sort of ecological conservation …

Machine Learning Practice: Part I

Bring on the learning. Machine style.

Getting Started

I'll mostly be following along with the online book Natural Language Processing with Python by Steven Bird, Ewan Klein, and Edward Loper while referring to Machine Learning in Python by Michael Bowles, but I'll be aiming to apply the lessons to problems that interest me personally. You can find the code associated with this blog series on my GitHub.

The ultimate goal of this machine learning practice is to produce a binary …

Timelapse video from static images

How to make a video from a bunch of images.

Getting things in order

For one of my nonprofit's projects, I used a DSLR camera on a tripod to capture the transformation of a common garden green bean seed from germination to small seedling. If it interests you, you can find the code on GitHub here.

Unfortunately, an earlier iteration of the code I wrote to control the camera did not account for the fact that the script may need to restart at one …