Data Science 2020 - Highlights

Data Science Topics & Technologies that were significant in 2020 - A quick Review

Hey y’all!

This post is a bunch of highly-opinionated 😎 links to revisit some of the highlights of Data Science Topics & Technologies during 2020:

NLP NLP NLP

Until recently (let’s say the beginning of 2020), there was a huge focus on Computer Vision, Image & Video (media) data. But things started changing and 2020 is a strong year for NLP. Companies like Hugging Face 🤗 , spaCy, Rasa became stronger and also more educational which ultimately drove a huge NLP revolution (at even Industry-level which is quite hard usually).

Funding: Rasa (June 2020) , Hugging Face (Dec 2019)

Data Science / AI / ML Web App Building

Data Scientists are bad Web Developers, but what if we need to build web apps that can talk or do Machine Learning? That’s where this domain has been getting popular & populated

GPT-3

If there was one thing from the ML community that gave a lot of journalists happiness, it’s GPT-3. GPT-3 was (probably it still is) in the news almost all the time. In their own words:

In May, we introduced GPT-3—the most powerful language model to date—and soon afterward launched our first commercial product, an API to safely access artificial intelligence models using simple, natural-language prompts. We’re proud of these and other research breakthroughs by our team, all made as part of our mission to achieve general-purpose AI that is safe and reliable, and which benefits all humanity

Auto ML

What if I told you Data Scientists can spend more time on critical things like **Data Cleaning** 😝 and Feature Engineering and less time on actually selecting/building the best **Model**. That’s basically the premise of Auto ML (which is how I see it).

ML Ops

Finally, Models are easy to build on Jupyter Notebooks. We all know it just takes a few lines of code and your `model.fit()` is ready. But what’s next? Thanks to the focus on the rise of ML Ops, new tools and techniques to get those Models to Prod can break the data science myth that most models die either on a PPT or a Jupyter Notebook!

Other than these, there are topics/technologies like FastAI (Pytorch Library), Interpretable Machine Learning (fancily known as eXplainable AI), GANs, First-Order Motion, On-Device ML (tensorflow.js / coreML) were also trending and are worth checking out!

Overall, it was an amazing year for Data Science & Machine learning with the Hype slowing down (Oops, sorry I forgot the GPT-3 hype train that’s still running) and improved maturity

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A.