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Louisville, KY /

DerbyPy Monthly Meetup

The Pointe - LVL1 1205 E. Washington St. , Louisville, KY (map)

At our meetup this month Shoba Gowda will be giving a talk entitled:

Look Who's Talking: Natural Language Processing with Social Data

Shoba has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky. For the last four years she has been doing web development (mostly in Python/Django) with Apax Software. She recently took a remote position with FanAI in L.A. so she could do some Python programming that was a little more targeted at data science topics. Before starting at FanAI she was interested in data science, but wasn't sure how to get started or where to find any great data sources. Knowing that other developers may be in the same boat, she has graciously offered to share what she has learned along the way with the DerbyPy community.

Here is a brief outline of her presentation:

- Intro and motivation for the project

- Data sources and their legality

- Facebook Graph API

- Automate storing data with Python

- Intro to NLTK (Python Natural Language Toolkit)

- Examine Facebook data with NLTK

- Q&A

This talk will be tailored more for junior programmers, so no prep is required. However, if you would like to check out NLTK in advance, here is the first chapter of a tutorial:


Each meeting will generally consist of:

• Food & chit-chat

• A presentation and discussion on some Python related topic. This may sometimes include hands-on opportunities, so bring a laptop if possible.

• An opportunity for other "lightning talks" and general discussion of cool or interesting things happening in the Python world.

Finding the Room & Signing In

If you haven't been to LVL1, it can be a bit confusing to find the right area at the address given. You can follow this link to a Google map (,-85.7296954,106m/data=%213m1%211e3%214m5%213m4%211s0x0:0x845754cff34003f%218m2%213d38.2574492%214d-85.7295435) and note where the placemarker is for LVL1.

That is the correct area of the building. The door to enter is on the south at the bottom of the big ramp.

Once inside, please sign-in at the ipad directly in front of you as you walk in. This is to make sure you agree to the liability waiver.

DerbyPy meets in the conference room / training room off to the North East side (about 2 o'clock from where you walk in).


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