Data Science

New Canadian data mining tool analyzes how public submissions affect regulatory decisions

When the CRTC sought submissions to its 2015 consultation on “Basic Telecommunications Services,” thousands of people offered their opinions on what the future of Canada’s internet should look like. For the first time ever, these submissions have been made searchable via a single, simple-to-use platform, and a surprisingly varied narrative of struggles and concerns has …

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Building Canada’s Digital Generation

(PIMS) are proud to be participating in the new national CanCode program, announced today. This two-year program supports initiatives that aid coding and digital skills development among Canadian youth, from kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12). Over the next two years, Cybera and PIMS will trial new tools and frameworks that help teachers bring computational thinking into their …

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Delving Through 65,000 Pages of Government Submissions: The Challenges

Authors: David Ackerman, Alyssa Moore, David Chan, Tatiana Meleshko, Byron Chu Last June, Cybera’s data scientists took on a monumental task: to create a tool that can easily examine the thousands of documents and testimonials that were provided to the CRTC for its 2016 “basic telecommunications service” consultation, and search for key words and common …

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New Board Members Bring K-12 Education, Business Analytics Experience to Cybera

While Cybera continues to expand its role in the public sector as Alberta’s not-for-profit technology accelerator, its newest board members promise to reinforce efforts to improve internet connectivity and the reach of data science in the province. At its November AGM, Cybera elected two new board members: Brenda MacDonald, Deputy Superintendent of Clearview Public Schools, …

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Making it… thunder? Notes from the inaugural JupyterCon

UC Berkeley’s Introduction To Data Science course has just become its fastest growing course – ever. The class has 1,200 students enrolled, representing more than 60 different majors. Under the hood of the course? Jupyter notebooks, used to power the interactive textbook students are using to learn concepts of programming and data science. Classes there …

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Explaining the buzz around Artificial Intelligence

Authors: David Ackerman, David Chan, Byron Chu, Preethi Kumar, Barton Satchwill PSSSTTT! In case you missed it, Alberta is a hotbed for global machine learning research. With the recent announcement that DeepMind is opening its first non-UK office in Edmonton (in collaboration with the University of Alberta), it’s clear that our city belongs with Toronto-Waterloo …

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Cybera’s data science team to explore Canada’s internet regulatory process

A year after launching its data science team, Cybera is now ready to take on external projects from stakeholders looking to discover the utility of their data. For their first major project, the team has received funding to examine the thousands of documents and testimonials that were provided to the CRTC for its 2016 “basic …

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Does where you live affect your network quality?

By the Cybera Data Science Team Introduction In our first blog, we used network speed test data captured by Ookla (speedtest.net) to analyze how internet speeds have changed in Canada from 2008-2014. While upload and download speeds are critical factors for people looking to participate in the digital economy, other factors such as network quality …

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Canada’s Internet Performance: What the Numbers Show

By the Cybera Data Science Team Introduction To an ever increasing degree, participation in the economy and society at large is mediated by the internet. If people don’t have good internet access, they feel disenfranchised. Currently in Canada, there are many, many people who feel disenfranchised. For several years now, it has seemed that internet …

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Doing Science with Data

As part of Cybera’s mandate to explore new technologies and share our experiences with stakeholders, we are actively looking for new ways to improve our processes and bring value to our research and education community. One of the first projects I worked on when I joined Cybera was our metrics dashboard… More specifically, I was …

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Data Science – So Hot Right Now!

Last month’s Open Data Science Conference (ODSC) started with some hands-on problem solving for attendees to mull over: How long will it take 3,000 people  to filter through one registration desk, given there are four possible streams they could register through, sorted alphabetically by last name? You might be tempted to reference last year’s registration …

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