Founded by Josh Reich and Drew Conway, the New York Open Statistical Programming Meetup started as the New York R Meetup with a handful of people in an office at Union Square Ventures. Since then it has grown to over 8,000 members and has been hosted at NYU, Columbia, AOL, iHeartRadio, eBay, Work-Bench and other locations.

Our mission is to spread knowledge of statistical programming techniques in open-source languages such as R, Python, Julia and Go, and data science in general. Another important aspect is community building and socializing. The meetups start with pizza, followed by a 45-90 minute talk, ending with a trip to the local bar.

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To attend please visit the meetup page.

Presentations and Videos

Whenever possible we make presentations available at the Presentations page.

We now stream and host videos of meetups on Facebook and YouTube and older videos are scattered on a variety of services. They are also listed on the Presentations page.

Jobs

Job openings and other announcements are on the meetup discussion board.

Upcoming Meetup

Real World Reinforcement Learning

January 28, 2019 06:30:00 PM

Starting off the new year we have John Langford of Vowpal Wabbit fame.

Please be sure to bring a government-issued photo ID that matches the name on your Meetup account.

About the Talk:
Nearly all deployed machine learning tends to operate on supervised learning principles which are often inappropriate in settings where the learning algorithm generates the data that it is trained against. A new approach has been gaining traction over the last few years: treating such problems as reinforcement learning problems. I’ll discuss why, how, and where to do this with a few stories about where we have applied this approach in practice successfully, solving problems that supervised learning approaches simply fail at.

About John:
John Langford is a machine learning research scientist, a field which he says "is shifting from an academic discipline to an industrial tool". He is the author of the weblog hunch.net and the principal developer of Vowpal Wabbit. John works at Microsoft Research New York, of which he was one of the founding members, and was previously affiliated with Yahoo! Research, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, and IBM's Watson Research Center. He studied Physics and Computer Science at the California Institute of Technology, earning a double bachelor's degree in 1997, and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. He was the program co-chair for the 2012 International Conference on Machine Learning.

Pizza (nyhackr.org/pizzapoll.html) begins at 6:30, the talk starts at 7, then after we head to the local bar.

Website

The nyhackr website was built as a RMarkdown website and the source code can accessed by the community on GitHub.

How to contribute

If you wish to contribute to the website the process is pretty simple.

  1. Fork and clone the repository (an example can be found here)
  2. Create a new branch for your changes (warning, this step cannot be done in RStudio!)
  3. Make your changes. You can build and view your local version by using rmarkdown::render_site()
  4. When you are done, submit a pull request. Your changes might not appear on the public site right away as we have a development version for making sure changes don’t break the site.