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The Perfect Drug and Some Bayesian AFL Stats (unrelated).

March 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Warmup Act:

What Makes a Great AFL Player: Bayesian Statistics and the Brownlow Medal

Liam Crowhurst is a Data Scientist working in Financial Research, and also has a passion for open-source data, R programming and Australian Football (AFL). Combining these interests using `brms`, a bayesian regression modelling tool, he seeks to understand what metrics define the best of the best, explaining methods of data cleaning, how to choose the right model and how to interpret the results, all at a fundamental level.

Our Main Presenter:
Veronica Woodward

I’m a Software Engineer who lurks about Meetups, and is obsessed with Artificial Intelligence, DataScience and Cloud Technologies. I am studying my Masters in Software Engineering through Deakin University, and have let my side hustle of novel writing slide somewhat to gain some solid foundations in Data Science, and producing something productive and meaningful. I have three children, a rare parrot, and a Best Friend who is a closet data scientist.

The Main Presentation:
The Perfect Drug: Using Neuroscience’s Secret Sauce to Push Results from Your Datasets

Converging between AI and unfolding and teasing out the delicate neurobiology in our own brains – can it lead to readjustments – an avoidance of dysfunction and mess – and bring order out of chaos? An invitation to a presentation where you get offered the red pill or the blue pill. Understanding yourself. Do you want to? Data science can offer us the ultimate dependency injection into the human condition, and offer some disruption of the thread of our own weaknesses and addictions that society preys on most: the Dopamine pathway.

Drawing from the discipline of data science, we will explore how when we are faced with real world applications, that we can integrate both medical and artificial intelligence in that sweet spot of developing solutions for one of the most difficult and resistant mental health conditions – post traumatic stress disorder. This example is one where you can see the scope of the vast potential of taking all these large blobs of data and turning them into solutions that can be used to help people transform their lives and be healthy.

Brisbane Data Science Meetup Code of Conduct:

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The event is at the Thoughtworks offices, level 19, 127 Creek Street, with official kick-off at 5:30 pm.


March 12
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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