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Why ‘What Works’ Doesn’t In Education Research – Age of Awareness – Medium
And efforts to answer that question through null hypothesis significance testing (NHST), which explores whether an intervention or product has an effect on the average outcome, undermines the ability to make sustained progress in helping students learn. This is particularly true for educational researchers employing feeble controls, positing vague theories, comparing multiple variables, selectively reporting significant results, and using flexible data analyses. As long as educational researchers continue to rely on testing the null hypothesis of no difference as a universal foil for establishing whether an intervention ‘works,’ we will struggle in our efforts to improve our understanding of how to best help students learn. As analysts Michael Horn and Julia Freeland have noted , this dominant paradigm of educational research is woefully incomplete and must change if we are going make progress in our understanding of how to help students learn: Rather than being satisfied with answering the question of whether or not a product or intervention ‘works’, education researchers can improve the reliability of their findings as well as contribute to a better understanding of how to help students learn by modifying their approach in several ways.
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Toni Collette and Anna Kendrick are going to Mars 
Photo: Tim P. Whitby (Getty Images), Charley Gallay (Getty Images for PORTER Incredible Women Gala 2019) According to Variety , Toni Collette and Anna Kendrick are set to star in a new sci-fi thriller from Joe Penna and Ryan Morrison, the team behind the Mads Mikkelsen survival film Arctic that was shown at Cannes last year. The project is called Stowaway , and in what we’re going to assume is an unintentional Lost In Space riff, the movie is about a team of astronauts heading to Mars whose mission gets sidetracked by a stowaway who accidentally wrecks the life support system. Collette will be playing the cold and clinical ship’s commander, with Kendrick playing a medical researcher who is the only “dissenting voice” against Collette’s commands. Variety doesn’t say who will be playing the Dr. Smith on this ill-fated mission to Mars, but it sounds like the inadvertent saboteur will be more innocent in Stowaway than the sniveling, weirdo villain from Lost In Space —though both Kendrick and Collette would be excellent as sniveling, weirdo villains, if only this project were going in that direction.
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Ontario government expected to cut tuition fees for Canadian students by 10 per cent - The Globe and Mail
Tuition fees at Ontario universities and colleges will be slashed by 10 per cent under a new framework expected to be released by the Ford government later this week, but the fate of student assistance programs remains unclear. The drop in revenue for the institutions will not be made up elsewhere by the government, according to a source who requested anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. For Ontario’s postsecondary institutions, the reduction in tuition fee revenue could have a significant impact on budgets. Universities and colleges have been waiting anxiously to see what policy direction Doug Ford’s government would pursue since he made clear his intent to tackle the deficit. The government estimates that the fee cut will save the average Ontario university arts and science undergraduate student about $660 on tuition in 2019-2020.
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David R. MacIver on Twitter: "Pandas is what happened when someone concluded that the problem with Python was that it wasn't enough like R, so built an R clone on top of numpy, the library that was written when someone concluded that the problem with Pyth
@DRMacIver: "Pandas is what happened when someone concluded that the problem with Python was that it wasn't enough like R, so built an R clone on top of numpy, the library that was written when someone concluded that the problem with Python was that it wasn't enough like matlab."
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Alex Usher on Twitter: Significant number of lefties giving me thumbs up for pointing out Ford govt. tuition cut wouldn't help poor because of interactions with student aid. I rarely get that reaction from them when I make similar points re: NDP tuition r
@AlexUsherHESA: Significant number of lefties giving me thumbs up for pointing out Ford govt. tuition cut wouldn't help poor because of interactions with student aid. I rarely get that reaction from them when I make similar points re: NDP tuition reduction plans, even though effects the same.
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Adrian Wilson on Twitter: @stephenlautens I work in post-secondary ed. A 10% cut will just mean more deferred or cancelled maintenance to infrastructure, already a problem in most places. No way to get 10% out of HR without gutting, and that reduces capac
@AdrianW123: @stephenlautens I work in post-secondary ed. A 10% cut will just mean more deferred or cancelled maintenance to infrastructure, already a problem in most places. No way to get 10% out of HR without gutting, and that reduces capacity. So it will come from maintenance, like always. Deeply stupid.
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Stephen Lautens on Twitter: So Ford's "tuition cut" isn't being subsidized by the government in any way. They are demanding that universities charge 10% less and find ways to make up the lost revenue themselves, probably in cuts that hurt students & s
@stephenlautens: So Ford's "tuition cut" isn't being subsidized by the government in any way. They are demanding that universities charge 10% less and find ways to make up the lost revenue themselves, probably in cuts that hurt students & staff or selling off assets. #ONpoli
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Serial Experiments Sloth on Twitter: A lot of people seem hesitant to ascribe malice to Singal's motivations, but I'd like to draw your attention to a thread I wrote back in 2017 about his support for conversion therapy, because the very deliberate misrep
@CaseyExplosion: A lot of people seem hesitant to ascribe malice to Singal's motivations, but I'd like to draw your attention to a thread I wrote back in 2017 about his support for conversion therapy, because the very deliberate misrepresentation of what conversion therapy is, is telling: https://t.co/YhufIw1ybE

https://twitter.com/CaseyExplosion/status/930198499899183111
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python - Filtering Pandas DataFrames on dates - Stack Overflow
Now I need to filter out all rows in the DataFrame that have dates outside of the next two months. Essentially, I only need to retain the rows that are within the next two months. Previous answer is not correct in my experience, you can't pass it a simple string, needs to be a datetime object. And if your dates are standardized by importing datetime package, you can simply use: For standarding your date string using datetime package, you can use this function:
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Affected vs Effected - Difference and Comparison | Diffen
For example, The dictatorial regime quickly effected changes to the constitution that restricted the freedom of the people. After the BP oil spill, the government effected (brought about, executed) sweeping environmental regulation. Consumer confidence dipped last quarter, which affected retail sales resulting in slower GDP growth. The Metropolitan Police have released a video showing step-by-step how a gang effected a raid on Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd in London. The negotiating parties reported last night that after intense deliberations a compromise agreement had finally been effected .
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Ontario: Best-case/Worst-case Scenarios - HESA
However, the government chooses to wink at measures which allow institutions to make up for this cut via entrepreneurial means (the Minister, Merrilee Fullerton, is a known proponent of increased entrepreneurialism in health care): specifically, through higher international enrollment and a commitment to expedite university and college requests for more niche cost-recovery programming. Revenue flexibility would mitigate the worst effects of grant cuts to institutions, and a well-designed trimming of the free tuition program would maintain its value for those who need it most and reduce the extent of windfall funds going to students who do not need it. However, a freeze is more likely justifiable because it’s in line with the modern conservative political view that progress is measured not by growth in incomes (which requires tedious mucking around in monetary and competition policies), but by the extent to which the prices of major consumer goods (e.g. beer, car insurance) never increase. Assume further that they play a nativist card, declare Ontario PSE institutions to be for Ontarians and impose a moratorium on increasing admissions to international students. That would not necessarily kill access (loan programs are remarkably effective after all) but it would make overall funding less fair, by raising net prices for the poor and lowering them for the rich.
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PyVideo.org · Test-Driven Data Analysis
Translations: en Fri 27 April 2018
By Nick Radcliffe This tutorial will introduce attendees to the concepts of test-driven
data analysis and practical, hands-on use of the tdda library (available
from Github and PyPI) for (1) writing reference tests, and (2)
generating and verifying constraints from data, using Pandas data
frames. Improve this page
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Indexing and Selecting Data — pandas 0.23.4 documentation
Identifies data (i.e. provides metadata ) using known indicators,
important for analysis, visualization, and interactive console display. In this section, we will focus on the final point: namely, how to slice, dice,
and generally get and set subsets of pandas objects. For
production code, we recommended that you take advantage of the optimized
pandas data access methods exposed in this chapter. A callable function with one argument (the calling Series, DataFrame or Panel) and
that returns valid output for indexing (one of the above). A callable function with one argument (the calling Series, DataFrame or Panel) and
that returns valid output for indexing (one of the above).
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pandas.DataFrame.query — pandas 0.23.4 documentation
DataFrame.query ( expr , inplace=False , **kwargs ) [source] Query the columns of a frame with a boolean expression. The query() method uses a slightly
modified Python syntax by default. For example, the & and | (bitwise) operators have the precedence of their boolean cousins, and and or . You can change the semantics of the expression by passing the keyword
argument parser='python' . Likewise, you can pass engine='python' to evaluate an expression using Python itself as a backend.
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Post-secondary students in Ontario to get 10 per cent cut in tuition | CTV News Toronto
University and college students in Ontario will get a 10 per cent reduction on their tuition fees, CTV News Toronto has learned, ahead of an announcement set to be made on Thursday. According to a government memo given to CTV News Toronto, the province will use “existing reporting mechanisms” to ensure that institutions give students a break on their fees. Merrilee Fullerton, minister of training, colleges and universities, is also expected to make an announcement on the future of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) on Thursday. The former Liberal government retooled OSAP last year, giving more students grants as opposed to loans, hoping to increase access to college and university programs. “The uptake of financial aid to date has exceeded expectations,” Lysyk’s report stated, noting that the latest government budget projects the program could cost $2 billion per year, by 2020/21.That would be a 50 percent increase from 2016/2017 figures.
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Jupyter Notebook Viewer
Started by Wes McKinney in 2008 in his spare time Mainly to have R's dataframe functionality in Python Developed by the community (contributors and maintainers rarely get paid for their work in pandas) SparseDataFrame Main use case is pandas.get_dummies(sparse=True) Not sparse like in coo , csc , csr . Readability counts Future ability to have lazy evaluation Misleading: In place can make a copy uint8: 01001111 int32: 00000000000000000000000001001111 float64: 0100000001010011110000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 object: <memory_address> -> <pyobject (refcount, type, size, digit)> string (ascii): 0011011100111001
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Travis Dhanraj on Twitter: In 2019-20 tuition for all funding-eligible programs would decline by 10% relative to 2018-19 levels..int'l tuition would continue to be unregulated under proposed tuition fee framework #onpoli
@Travisdhanraj: In 2019-20 tuition for all funding-eligible programs would decline by 10% relative to 2018-19 levels..int'l tuition would continue to be unregulated under proposed tuition fee framework #onpoli
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Thread by @MikeStuchbery_: "I’ve noticed that certain figures on the online Right have been referring to Stoicism - Paul Joseph Watson, most recently. What is clear fro […]"
Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author! Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use! 2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll <div id="tttt_1085221743357321218" data-option="1"><strong><a href="https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1085221743357321218.html">Thread by @MikeStuchbery_: "I’ve noticed that certain figures on the online Right have been referring to Stoicism - Paul Joseph Watson, most recently. What is clear fro […]"</a></strong></div><script async src="https://threadreaderapp.com/embed/1085221743357321218.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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Best practices with pandas (video series)
This video covers the following topics: reading a CSV file, DataFrame shape, data types, NaN , missing values, booleans. This video covers the following topics: value_counts method, math with booleans, groupby with multiple columns, correlation versus causation. This video covers the following topics: searching strings, math with booleans, value_counts method, dropna parameter. This video covers the following topics: math with booleans, groupby method, datetime attributes, line plots. This video covers the following topics: value_counts method, filtering by multiple conditions, missing values, NaN , loc accessor, SettingWithCopyWarning .
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Stephen Gordon on Twitter: @AlexUsherHESA @StatCan_eng Exactly. They still think it's *their* data, not the public's.
@stephenfgordon: @AlexUsherHESA @StatCan_eng Exactly. They still think it's *their* data, not the public's.
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Alex Usher on Twitter: @stephenfgordon @StatCan_eng Sometimes I think they are still congratulating themselves for making cansim free and can't understand why everyone isn't properly grateful for mere access to any data at all.
@AlexUsherHESA: @stephenfgordon @StatCan_eng Sometimes I think they are still congratulating themselves for making cansim free and can't understand why everyone isn't properly grateful for mere access to any data at all.
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Data sources for Canadian economists
Fiscal Reference Tables :
Revenues and expenditures of federal and provincial governments. Fiscal Monitor : Monthly
data on federal government expenditures and revenues. Statistic and
analysis : Data on energy production, exports and imports, but not in a
format that anyone could describe as convenient. Statistics : Includes data on
mortgage and credit card delinquency rates. Forecasts : The archives include detailed
historical oil and gas price data from Canadian energy markets
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datas-frame – Extension Arrays for Pandas
A couple months ago, a client came to Anaconda with a problem: they
have a bunch of IP Address data that they'd like to work with in pandas. For this blogpost, the
only relevant implementation detail is that IP Addresses are stored as a NumPy
structured array with two uint64 fields. Joris has already tested out the Cythonized geopandas extension, which stores a NumPy array of pointers to geometry objects, and
things seem great. They didn't have the expertise or desire to
build and maintain it internally, so they approached Anaconda (a for-profit
company with a great OSS tradition) to do it for them. Thanks to the tireless reviews from the other pandas contributors, especially
Jeff Reback, Joris van den Bossche, and Stephen Hoyer.
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What's the future of the pandas library?
The pandas core team discourages the use of the inplace parameter, and eventually it will be deprecated (which means "scheduled for removal from the library"). That being said, lots of beginners do get confused by inplace , and it's nice to have one clear way to do things in pandas, so ultimately I'd be fine with deprecation. Although Arrow was inspired by pandas, it's designed to be a shared computational infrastructure for data science work across multiple languages. Pandas now supports storing array-like objects that aren’t necessarily 1-D NumPy arrays as columns in a DataFrame or values in a Series. In other words, previously the pandas team had to write a lot of custom code to implement data types that were not natively supported by NumPy (such as categoricals ).
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Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’ | Science | AAAS
Now, an ultraprecise analysis of ice from a Swiss glacier by a team led by McCormick and glaciologist Paul Mayewski at the Climate Change Institute of The University of Maine (UM) in Orono has fingered a culprit. The repeated blows, followed by plague, plunged Europe into economic stagnation that lasted until 640, when another signal in the ice—a spike in airborne lead—marks a resurgence of silver mining, as the team reports in Antiquity this week. When a volcano erupts, it spews sulfur, bismuth, and other substances high into the atmosphere, where they form an aerosol veil that reflects the sun's light back into space, cooling the planet. The approach enabled the team to pinpoint storms, volcanic eruptions, and lead pollution down to the month or even less, going back 2000 years, says UM volcanologist Andrei Kurbatov. The chemical similarities convince geoscientist David Lowe of The University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, who says the particles in the Swiss ice core likely came from the same Icelandic volcano.
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PyVideo.org · Exploration-Oriented Programming
Sat 03 November 2018
By Moshe Zadka Can Jupyter change how we develop software? Instead of having an
edit-debug cycle, we can iterativey build up code snippets with
confidence, seeing how they process their inputs. Jupyter lets us refine
ideas in real time, integrating testing with development. Exploration-oriented programming is developing inside an interactive
environment. Improve this page
2 days ago
Moshe Safdie's private Habitat 67 home is restored and open to the public
Known as Moshe Safdie's Unit, the updated two-storey property is located on the 10th floor and occupies several of the 354 stacked prefabricated concrete "boxes" that make up the building. Additional upgrades bring the apartment in line with contemporary standards of sustainability and energy conservation, and protect it against weathering, although these features are intended to remain hidden. Safdie Architects has fitted energy-efficient windows inside to match the existing large openings, which the firm's founder designed to offer views of the river and Montreal. Safdie's unit is punctuated by three terraces, including a pair that branch off from the main living area on the lower floor, and a third that slots between the bedroom volumes on the level above. Project team: Sean Scensor, Matt Longo, Reihaneh Ramezany, Collaborators: Ghislain Bélanger, local architect Contractor: Fairmont Construction
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Spoilers: 'Travelers' Season 3 Ending Explained
What was so fun about the first season of Travelers was witnessing characters from the post-apocalyptic future take over 21st-century host bodies and try to acclimate themselves not only to the present but in families with which they had little knowledge. It was fish-out-of-water sci-fi: These characters who had spent their lives drinking recycled water and chemically-engineered food got to taste real hamburgers for the first time, but they also had to maintain their covers by learning how to be husbands and wives and sons and girlfriends to people they didn’t know, all the while completing missions designed to save the future of the planet. Carly Shannon (Nesta Cooper) is still dealing with her abusive ex-husband, but that takes an unexpected twist several episodes into season three, leaving her with a new set of circumstances with which to grapple. This season is wise, however, to keep much of the focus on the heart and soul of Travelers , Marcy (MacKenzie Porter) and David (Patrick Gilmore), the latter of whom tries to pick up some super-spy kills after his abduction last year, which eventually leads him into the middle of a mission. Ultimately, some of the sci-fi logistics of The Travelers stumble near the end of the season as things go to hell, but creator Brad Wright papers over those problems with some truly heartfelt moments that keeps the series firmly focused on the humanity of these characters.
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The future of the web is decentralized - Big Think
In an interview , Patrick Poon, a China researcher for Amnesty International, stated, "In putting profits before human rights, Google would be setting a chilling precedent and handing the Chinese government a victory." Over the past couple of years, there has been a significant rise in the number of companies dedicating their time, money, and resources to creating decentralized alternatives for some of the most popular centralized products. The TRON team is made up of over 100 experienced international blockchain enthusiasts, who have a significant amount of experience and have been employed by internet giants such as Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu. Unlike a centralized service where your private information is at the hands of the provider, the files stored on Graphite Docs are completely owned by the user. This project, like many others with net-neutrality values at their core, is aiming to bring freedom and power back to the users and away from centralized, controlling ISPs and governments.
2 days ago
Chris Gardiner on Twitter: Beth (6): I drew a picture! Me: Oo that’s lovely! Are these wolves? Beth: SPIRIT-wolves. Me: Wow! Er. They don’t have faces. Beth: No. Me: Why? Beth: Because the moon has their faces. Me: right good yes right
@CHGardiner: Beth (6): I drew a picture!

Me: Oo that’s lovely! Are these wolves?

Beth: SPIRIT-wolves.

Me: Wow! Er. They don’t have faces.

Beth: No.

Me: Why?

Beth: Because the moon has their faces.

Me: right good yes right
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PyVideo.org · Turbocharge your data science with Python AND R
Sun 04 November 2018
By Kelli-Jean Chun When working with data, should you use Python or R? Why not use both? By
being language agnostic, you now have access to two great open source
languages. This makes it easier to find and use already built
modules/packages, which improves the speed, quality, and impact of your
results. Improve this page
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Announcing the World Data Visualization Prize – A $40K Dataviz Challenge — Information is Beautiful
The focus is how governments are improving citizens’ lives – via environment, happiness, technology or other areas of support. You provide data-visualizations that tell a story or reveal something interesting about the data. There’s a special ‘napkin’ category where hand-drawn sketches & prototypes can be submitted. Give us a way to see and explore the landscape of the next fifty years. 3) Small Countries are Beautiful Smaller nations (<5m population) are often overshadowed in the stats.
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PyVideo.org · Memory Management in Python - The Basics
Sun 04 November 2018
By Nina Zakharenko As a new python developer, do you find memory management in Python
confusing? Come to this talk to learn about the basics of how Memory
Management works in Python. We'll cover the concepts of reference
counting, garbage collection, weak references, slots , and the Global
Interpreter Lock. Improve this page
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The Python Unicode Mess | The Changelog
gpodder, for instance, frequently exits with tracebacks due to Python errors converting podcast titles with smartquotes into ASCII. Then you have the case where the pexpect docs say to use logfile = sys.stdout to show the interaction with the virtual terminal. For a Python program to properly support all valid Unix filenames, it must use “bytes” instead of strings, which has all sorts of annoying implications. I recently was processing data generated by mtree, which uses octal escapes for special characters in filenames. However, it is strongly recommended to use the str type, as this ensures cross-platform support for Unicode filenames.
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Welcome to pyreadstat’s documentation! — pyreadstat 0.1.2 documentation
If True, variables with values changed
for their formatted version will be transformed into pandas categories. If True, variables with values changed
for their formatted version will be transformed into pandas categories. user_missing ( bool , optional ) – by default False, in this case user defined missing values are delivered as nan. user_missing ( bool , optional ) – by default False, in this case user defined missing values are delivered as nan. Returns: df_copy – a copy of the original dataframe with the values changed, if appropiate formats were found, unaltered
otherwise
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American Economic Association
On average, each year enrolled at one of these schools increases math scores by 0.08 standard deviations and English/language arts scores by 0.04 standard deviations relative to attending a counterfactual public school. In line with the earlier literature, we find that schools that adopt an intensive "No Excuses" attitude towards students are correlated with large positive effects on academic performance, with traditional inputs like class size playing no role in explaining charter school effects. However, we highlight that No Excuses schools are also located among the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the country. After accounting for performance levels at fallback schools, the relationship between the remaining variation in school performance and the entire No Excuses package of practices weakens. Chabrier, Julia, Sarah Cohodes, and Philip Oreopoulos.
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GitHub - Roche/pyreadstat: Python package to read sas, spss and stata files into pandas data frames. It is a wrapper for the C library readstat.
A python package to read sas (sas7bdat, sas7bcat, xport), spps (sav, zsav, por) and stata (dta) data files into
pandas dataframes. Compared to R Haven, pyreadstat offers the possibility to read only the headers: Sometimes you want to take a
look to many (sas) files looking for the datasets that contain
some specific columns, and you want to do it quick. For SPSS sav files user defined missing values for non numeric (character) variables is not supported. Not handling correctly SAS user defined missing values: not detecting those for files produced on unix/64 bit. For code pull requests please
consider opening an issue explaining what you plan to do, so that we can get aligned before you start investing time on
it (this also avoids duplicated efforts).
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Chris's Wiki :: blog/python/Python3PragmaticFilenames
On the other hand, Microsoft Windows NT has corrected the original
design limitation of Unix, and made it explicit in its system
interfaces that these data (file names, environment variables,
command line arguments) are indeed character data, by providing a
Unicode-based API [...] These are two incompatible
types, especially once people start encoding non-ASCII filenames
or command line arguments on Unix and want their programs to
understand the decoded forms in Unicode. (Or, if you prefer to flip this around, when people start
using non-ASCII filenames and command line arguments and so
on on Windows and want their programs to understand those as
Unicode strings and characters.) If you are working in the happy path on Unix where
you're dealing with properly encoded data, you can ignore this by
letting Python 3 automatically decode things to Unicode str s;
otherwise, you must work with the raw (Unix) values, and Python 3
will provide them if you ask (and will surface at least some of
them by default). It's just that Python 2 chose to implicitly prioritize Unix over
Windows by deciding that filenames, command line arguments, and so
on were bytestrings instead of Unicode strings.
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A New U - HESA
There are some powerful reasons for and assumptions behind that statement, and on the whole this view has served universities and their graduates well over the past few centuries. But in the United States, where community colleges are frankly less well-managed than Canadian ones and too often function as inefficient conduits to four-year degrees rather than offering their own vocationally/professionally focussed programs, there is a significant problem placing students into the labour market (the absence of a significant, functioning system of apprenticeships doesn’t help either). So, there is a growing trend in the U.S. for entrepreneurs to create what some call “last mile” programs to connect young people in the labour market, either after a degree or, in some cases, in place of it. And while it’s incredibly handy to have short descriptions of a dozen or so of the most interesting last-mile training programs out there, Craig’s choice of expositional method (interview a graduate and describe their inevitably successful pathway) can get a bit wearying. What Craig has done here – apart from telling the entire world how unappealing the dining experience at Fran’s is – is put together a very clear statement about why we should all pay more attention to helping graduates find their feet in the labour market, and describe ways that certain types of job-relevant skills can be imparted in a relatively short space of time.
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python - Pandas: Replacement for .ix - Stack Overflow
Given the update to pandas 0.20.0 and the deprecation of .ix , I am wondering what the most efficient way to get the same result using the remaining .loc and .iloc . I just answered this question , but the second option (not using .ix ) seems inefficient and verbose. You can't modify your dataframe this way (details in the ), and the docs cite performance as another reason (indexing once vs. twice). Bottom line: If you really want to avoid .ix , and you're not intending to modify values in your dataframe, just go with chained indexing. On the other hand (the 'proper' but arguably messier way), if you do need to modify values, either do .iloc with np.where() or .loc with integer slices of df.index or df.columns .
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Launch Center Pro 3.0 Review: Universal Version, New Business Model, NFC Triggers, and More – MacStories
And with version 3.0 released today, Contrast is embracing this new role of Launch Center Pro as well, doubling down on what makes it unique compared to Shortcuts, and expanding the app's launcher capabilities in a handful of interesting ways. The first big change of Launch Center Pro 3.0 is that Contrast is abandoning separate iPhone and iPad versions in favor of a free Universal app that runs on all iOS devices. Even though multiple purchase options are now supported, I understand why Contrast would want to push as many users as possible to subscriptions if they aim to keep maintaining Launch Center Pro in the future and ship more frequent updates. Once you scan a sticker with your iPhone, iOS will bring up a notification anywhere you are (even on the lock screen) which you need to tap to open Launch Center Pro and automatically trigger the associated action(s). Until Apple provides a native "auto run" functionality for Shortcuts, Launch Center Pro's notifications and actions are the closest we can get to a fully automated environment on iOS, and for that I applaud Contrast's decision to extend this aspect of the app.
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IINA - The modern media player for macOS
IINA is born to be a modern macOS application, from its framework to the user interface. IINA ships with a carefully crafted user interface for the macOS Mojave dark mode, which includes adjusted colors, icons and textures, providing a sleek and unified look. IINA supports the native Picture-in-Picture mode, enables you to enjoy either local or online videos without being distracted. With the support of youtube-dl and our browser extensions, you can also play a variety of online streams in IINA via one click. Please feel free to contribute it by opening an issue, sending a feature request or a bug report on GitHub or by email.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter: @cricketcrocker Thank you for pointing this out. I often in public remarks preceded this by saying “with the exception of Native peoples and African Americans,” but apologize for leaving it out of this tweet. I’l
@AOC: @cricketcrocker Thank you for pointing this out. I often in public remarks preceded this by saying “with the exception of Native peoples and African Americans,” but apologize for leaving it out of this tweet. I’ll be more careful moving forward!
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Man sues feds after being detained for refusing to unlock his phone at airport | Ars Technica
A Southern California man has become the latest person to sue the federal government over what he says is an unconstitutional search of his phone at the Los Angeles International Airport. According to his lawsuit , which was recently filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Haisam Elsharkawi had arrived at LAX on February 9, 2017 and was headed to Saudi Arabia to go on a hajj , the Muslim religious pilgrimage. After clearing the security checkpoint, Elsharkawi, an American citizen, was pulled aside from the Turkish Airlines boarding line by a Customs and Border Protection officer, who began questioning him about how much cash he was carrying and where he was going. "As the questioning continued and became increasingly aggressive, Mr. Elsharkawi asked if there was a problem and whether he needed an attorney," the complaint states . Officer Jennifer began searching his phone and asked Elsharkawi about his eBay and Amazon accounts, and "where he got merchandise for his e-commerce business, and what swap meets he frequents.
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mariolanzas: DINOSAURS OVER THE YEARS This is a...
January 11, 2019 This is a series of posters I made to show how our perception of Dinosaurs and other animals of the mesozoic changed over the years. These and few more are featured in a Youtube video you can watch HERE this art is available for prints, t-shirts and other goods HERE tearsandvanillaicecream reblogged this from big-gay-bird Show more notes Loading...
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The IRS Is on Autopilot Amid Shutdown
The headline reads, “Notice of intent to seize (levy) your property or rights to property.” It describes how the recipient, Aaron Caddel, owner of a small chain of boutique bakeries called Mr. Holmes Bakehouse , has 30 days to pay the tens of thousands of dollars allegedly owed the government or face seizure of the funds from his company’s bank account. Caddel, who has two stores in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco, insists that the entire issue is a misunderstanding, one he had been working with the IRS to resolve before the shutdown. The almost Kafka-esque situation, in which the IRS methodically moves forward with cash seizures and taxpayers struggle to find anyone available to stop them, is one of the more unique consequences of the government shutdown, which on Saturday became the largest in American history. “I hope Congress will pass some kind of bill for our suffering and pain,” Howard said, mindful that federal contract workers are typically not given back pay after a shutdown. On the Senate side, Minnesota Democrat Tina Smith has led the charge, working on legislation with five colleagues that would reinstate back pay for low-wage contract workers.
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Identity Politics and Class Struggle
Yet, despite the lack of depth and scholarly rigor, as well as an over-reliance on personal impressions, these arguments seem to be winning over a broad section of high profile liberals/leftists who believe the time has come for us to "transcend" all this race and gender stuff and get to the matter at hand: class warfare against the bosses. What he neglected to mention, however, is that the same statement proposed a clear socialist agenda, arguing that emancipation for everyone could not take place until racism, homophobia, sexism, and capitalism are annihilated, and criticized mainstream feminist organizations for not being inclusive enough -- for not dealing adequately with the needs of the poor or with racist oppression of men and women. Some things are obvious: the continuing struggle of gays and lesbians against discrimination in public and private life have important implications for national civil rights law; the work of ACT UP and other movements have made AIDS visible -- a disease that's killing many heterosexual people, especially poor black women. If rebuilding class politics is the goal of the neo-Enlightenment left, and the labor movement is one of the vehicles for doing so, I don't understand why they would invoke Enlightenment universalism to promote a version of American nationalism and support for "majoritarian" values which -- it seems to me -- is the very opposite of the cosmopolitanism they claim to be embracing. As an extension of the BRU's longstanding a
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Clive Thompson on Twitter: It turns out we don't need AI to become sentient in order to face an implacable deathless foe that wants to destroy us. All we need are a bunch of cron jobs and automated scripts running on unattended IRS servers during the shut
@pomeranian99: It turns out we don't need AI to become sentient in order to face an implacable deathless foe that wants to destroy us. All we need are a bunch of cron jobs and automated scripts running on unattended IRS servers during the shutdown: https://t.co/07NMmu5MmI (via @boingboing)

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/14/irs-shutdown-federal-government-shut-down-irs-asset-seizures/
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Jesus Lady | besidealife
She waited in front of the patio (many school kids had to pass her house in their decent down the hill, towards home) and rushed forth to shove pamphlets about Jesus and how he loves and saves and weeps into our hands. I came home from school with many pamphlets, which my parents used to wrap fish guts and egg shells so that they wouldn’t stick to the inside of the garbage can. Told her I wasn’t interested, that I didn’t believe in god or Jesus, that I was Buddhist (and hence, good insofar as matters of the soul were concerned). He was dressed as Jesus, complete with a straggly fake beard, flowing robes, a crown of (pipe-cleaner) thorns and a giant wooden cross strapped to his back, which immobilized his arms (his mother, naturally, handled the pamphlets). It had a set of roller skate wheels attached to its bottom, allowing this Jesus to master the sidewalks, but also to struggle against the burden of his beliefs quite convincingly, if he so chose.
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Thread by @SarahCohodes: "I’ve been trying to stay off Twitter to focus on writing and my toddler these days, but today people had things to say on the internet about […]"
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Appomattox: How did Ulysses S. Grant become an embarrassment of history and Robert E. Lee a role model?
Declaring them “insurgents … in rebellion against the authority of the United States,” Grant and his subordinates—most notably Attorney General Amos Ackerman and the newly formed Department of Justice—broke the Klan and restored some peace to the Republican South. “After four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources,” wrote Lee in his farewell address . Not only would this order help cement Lee as a Southern icon—as historian David Blight writes in Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory , Lost Cause advocates would canonize Lee as a “blameless Christian soldier, a paragon of manly virtue and duty who soared above politics”—but it would fuel other narratives: that the nation should honor Southern bravery, that the Union’s victory was one of numerical superiority and not tactical skill (it’s in this that we see the claim that Grant was a “butcher” of men, despite all evidence to the contrary ), that Reconstruction was a disaster of federal overreach, and that white supremacy was the proper order of things in the United States. White Americans didn’t want to dwell on the challenges of race and emancipation, and the South’s narrative of honor and sincerity—aggressively pushed by Confederate veterans and their supporters—allowed everyone to celebrate the individual greatness of men like Lee and Grant, even as the latter never abandoned his view t
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Jonathan Chait: Elizabeth Warren “sells out” on charter schools (she didn’t).
The premise of Chait’s piece is that Warren, whose central claim as a public figure is that she fights for the underdog against Big Business, has in fact screwed over regular people by “sell[ing] out” to “powerful interests” on two particular issues. In fact, the charter proposal was backed by an organization called Families for Excellent Schools, which ended up paying the largest campaign-related fine in Massachusetts history for, in the Boston Globe’s words , “illegally hiding the identities of its donors.” Those donors turned out to be some of the wealthiest people in the country: Paul Sagan, a technology executive who was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker as chairman of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which oversees charter schools, donated $496,000. Mark Nunnelly, a former Bain Capital executive who was recently promoted from his position as Baker’s chief information officer to a Cabinet post overseeing cybersecurity, gave $275,000. Judging by his hyperlinks, Chait is in fact referring not to a formal academic study but to a position paper the professors wrote for the Brookings Institution in 2016 that argued for a “yes” vote on Question 2.
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Sorry. There's a Problem - Transit Toronto
While the TTC does most subway maintenance at the conclusion of service each night, it continues to require weekend closures to complete critical infrastructure and ATC upgrades… [and] work on the Eglinton Crosstown” light rail transit project . Although the TTC has not yet announced its schedule of weekend subway closures for 2019, it is planning to close this section of Line 1 at least twice more this year: Shuttle-bus alternatives Plan your trips on the subway ahead of time late evenings this week to avoid stress and crowds. Regular TTC buses and streetcars provide less frequent, less direct, but, perhaps, less stressful alternatives. Ride buses or streetcars on routes serving streets north or south of the closure to reach stations on the Yonge branch of Line 1:
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Paul Ryan’s “inner-city males” comment: The Republican congressman says he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.
“She does not believe that I have these views,” he said , referring to Rep. Barbara Lee of California, who had chastised his comments about “inner-city males” as a “thinly veiled racial attack.” Ryan continued: “She knows me well, and she knows that I don’t have a racist bone in my body.” According to a New York Times report , the kickoff to Dole’s 1988 presidential campaign was met with protests over his opposition to the African National Congress and support for the apartheid regime in South Africa. His opponents accused him of anti-Latino racism, and at one town hall in support of the proposition, he faced hundreds of Latino demonstrators: “Ezell cried foul, telling reporters on his way out that the assertion was ridiculous. This 2006 incident is described in a Los Angeles Times report on a debate between Carolla—then a replacement for Howard Stern after the latter leaped to satellite radio—and Guy Aoki, head of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans: In 2010, James was estranged from his then-wife Sandra Bullock and in rehab when Us Weekly published a photograph of him in a German S.S. officer’s hat, giving a Nazi salute.
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