An exploration of Speech-to-Text technology and how to start to implement it in Python.

In Apple’s iOS 14.5 update, Siri received some enhancements, which included several new voice options (https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2021/04/ios-14-5-offers-unlock-iphone-with-apple-watch-diverse-siri-voices-and-more/). It also leverages a new Neural Text to Speech technology, which Apple claims will result in more natural sound (the original Siri used voice recordings as the basis for its responses).

Apple’s continued investment in Siri (as well as similar investments by other companies) demonstrates how important virtual assistants will be in the future. Since it was first introduced on the iPhone almost a decade ago, Siri’s ability to understand…


Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many different people have contributed in the fight against the virus. One of these groups was data scientists. This blog post will explore some of the important statistics used to contribute to influence public health decisions.

One of the primary statistics used to track the spread of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic has been R0 (pronounced R-naught). R0 is the statistic used to measure how rapidly the disease is spreading. It is a fairly straightforward statistic (which is why it is a good place to start when reviewing the COVID-19 metrics) and is defined as the average…


Historians define several points in time as influential moments in our evolution. For example, the Agricultural Revolution and Scientific Revolution marked points where our species developed exponentially. However, the first of these significant moments — the one which evolved our species, Homo sapiens, from other primates is referred to as the Cognitive Revlolution. The Cognitive Revolution marked the beginning of when our ancestors started defining certain cultural norms that differentiate us as a species. According to researchers, the most important thing that made this possible was language.

If the ability to communicate through speech is one of the things that…


I just read this again.

Clare - I can tell you're going to make a great data scientist!

I want to hear more about your story and your favorite Veep character over a pint sometime.


Disclaimer: The information included in this post is not medical advice. If you have concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, consult your doctor. The following analysis is intended as a case study for how one can use data science to gain a more complete understanding of public health topics in the news (including those pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic).

As of this writing in May 2021, vaccines produced by three different pharmaceutical companies (Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson) have been approved for use in the United States. The first two approved (those manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer) share several similarities…

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