Category Archives: Python

The SAMI Data Archive: A Prototype of An Archive of the Future?

Astronomy data sets are not simply exploding in size – they are exploding in complexity too. Witness the data sets obtained from integral-field spectroscopy (IFS).  While the Sydney-AAO Multi-object Integral-field spectrograph (SAMI) survey has exceeded measurements of 1,000 galaxies, surveys such … Continue reading

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SciCoder Presents: Developing Larger Software Projects

I am here at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Kissimmee, Florida. In the past few years, these semi-annual meetings have offered professional development classes, and many of these are in the area of software engineering … Continue reading

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“Software Use in Astronomy: An Informal Survey” by Momcheva and Tollerud

This the title of a paper by Ivelina Momcheva and Erik Tollerud that was recently posted on astro-ph at http://arxiv.org/abs/1507.03989.  Between December 2014 and February 2015, they carried out an informal survey about software use in astronomy,  marketed mainly through social … Continue reading

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The 8th Extremely Large Databases Conference and Workshop

These annual workshops that discuss ” …the real-world challenges, practical considerations, and nuts-and-bolts solutions in the realm of managing and analyzing extreme scale data sets.”  The attendees include Big Data users from industry and science, developers, researchers, and providers. This year’s … Continue reading

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Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn (I) – PyCon 2015

An excellent introduction to machine learning, by Jake VanderPlas at PyCon 2015. Long, but full of useful information.

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There Is Life – and A Career – Outside Astronomy!

This week, I am going to write about a different topic, jobs outside astronomy.  It’s a topic that is, in fact close to my heart, as I spent four illuminating years outside astronomy, working on calibration and quality assurance for … Continue reading

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