A 10 minute project that gets you thinking about basic algorithms

A Sudoku puzzle, source: Wikipedia

[If you want to just see the final algorithm, I’ve linked to my full notebook at the end of this article].

Sudoku is about as widespread as a puzzle can get, it even has its own world championship would you believe?

It’s a puzzle that can range from super simple to “pull your hair out” frustrating in difficulty.

For the uninitiated — the rules are as follows:

  • You must fill all of the empty squares in the grid with numbers from 1–9

The bit that makes it tricky…

Looking beyond technical skills

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There are now more ways than ever to learn the technical skills needed to get into data science & analytics — online courses, Kaggle competitions, youtube tutorials, and the gold mine that is stack overflow to mention a few.

People looking to break into the field will often ask questions such as “what programming skills do I need to do X data job?”, “which machine learning techniques should I learn?”, and “what projects should I do to build my skills/portfolio?”.

And technical skills are of course important, you couldn’t become a car mechanic without first knowing how a car works…

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A quick introduction

Recently, I came across this book written by a man who claimed to have a roulette-beating betting system that actually worked. The summary of the book alone was enough to get me hooked:

In the summer of 1966, Norman Leigh took a team to the Casino Municipale in Nice with the express intention of systematically winning large sums of money at roulette. Two weeks later, his team was banned from every casino in France — not because they had cheated or behaved badly, but simply because they had won — methodically and consistently.

Cool, right? The book lived up to…

Jack C

Data Scientist in the world of Finance who enjoys making things simple

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