Machine Learning with Data Skeptic and Second Spectrum at Telesign

Data Skeptic is a podcast about machine learning, data science, and how software affects our lives. The first guest on today’s episode is Kyle Polich, the host of Data Skeptic. Kyle is one of the best explainers of machine learning concepts I have met, and for this episode, he presented some material that is perfect for this audience: machine learning for software engineers.

Second Spectrum is a company that analyzes data from professional sports, turning that data into visualizations, reports, and futuristic sports viewing experiences. We had a previous show about Second Spectrum where we went into the company in detail–it was an excellent show, so I wanted to have Kevin Squire, an engineer from Spectrum, come on the show to talk about how the company builds machine learning tools to analyze sports data. If you have not seen any of the visualizations from Second Spectrum, stop what you are doing and watch a video on it!

This year we have had three Software Engineering Daily Meetups: in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. At each of these Meetups, listeners from the SE Daily community got to meet each other and talk about software–what they are building and what they are excited about. I was happy to be in attendance at each of these, and I am posting the talks given by our presenters. The audio quality is not perfect on these, but there are also no ads.

Thanks to Telesign for graciously providing a space and some delicious food for our Meetup. Telesign has beautiful offices in Los Angeles, and they make SMS, voice, and data solutions. If you are looking for secure and reliable communications APIs, check them out.

We’d love to have you as part of our community. We will have more Meetups eventually, and you can be notified of these by signing up for our newsletter. Come to and get involved with the discussion of episodes and software projects. You can also check out our open source projects–the mobile apps, and our website.


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