How to choose the right tool for your data science project

by Brandon Rohrer, Principal Data Scientist, Microsoft R or Python? Torch or TensorFlow? (or MXNet or CNTK)? Spark or map-reduce? When we’re getting started on a project, the mountain of tools to choose from can be overwhelming. Sometimes it makes me feel small and bewildered, like Alice in Wonderland. Luckily, the Cheshire Cat cut to the heart of the problem: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”(Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 6)…


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