What we can learn from ancient folklore to use statistical models responsibly.

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Golems are a concept of Jewish Folklore. They were creatures made from dust, fire, and water, endowed with life through instructions given to them by their creator. The name comes from the Hebrew word “golem,” which translates to “something incomplete or unfinished, like an embryo”. They do not have knowledge, reason, or free will of their own, but have the power to perform the instructions they are given to their utmost, often better than humans. There are numerous creation stories revolving around Golems and their knowledgeable human counterparts who have bestowed life upon them.

One such story is that of…


A step-by-step guide to ingest contents from an HTTP request or REST API response into Kafka

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In today’s open-source climate, it has become commonplace to make data readily available through APIs. Companies like Spotify and Twitter expose some of their data available for analysis through REST APIs. This makes sourcing data via an HTTP request or REST API increasingly popular. In order to make this data available in an efficient data analysis platform, users will need to build some kind of pipeline for routing data from its source to the desired analysis platform. Apache Kafka is a resilient and efficient way to source this data.

Apache Kafka is an open-source distributed event streaming platform used for…

Srishti Mehra

Graduate Student - Data Science

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