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Anders Lam

As a new co-op student at  Zero Gravity Labs Anders Lam is working across both technology and business with ZGL. A martial arts expert Anders brings his inquisitive mind and intellectual curiosity to Zero Gravity as he explores across the world of Machine Learning, IoT and Augmented Reality. So lets chat with our newest co-op student, Anders Lam.   Where do you go to school and what...

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Tuning Spark

Given the proven power and capability of Apache Spark for large-scale data processing, we use Spark on a regular basis here at ZGL. To write Spark code that will execute efficiently, it is extremely important to be aware of a set of tuning consideration and tricks. Unlike many other blog posts on Spark tuning, this post is intended to provide a concise checklist of such...

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Tie

I recently wrote about our philosophy of Hiring People over Skills at Zero Gravity Labs and was very encouraged by the feedback I received, so wanted to follow with the next part of the story and tell you a bit about what it’s  like to work at ZGL and our leadership on demand model that is emerging.   Flat Structure Is A Term Used But Rarely Actioned   Many...

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Dialogue Understanding

In the past few months at Zero Gravity Labs, we have been exploring a variety of text mining methods in the context of dialogue understanding. For these experiments, we obtained and exploited hundreds of thousands of chat transcripts collected in our call center.   Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) is a widely used generative statistical model that is able to discover the main topics discussed in a collection...

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Google Home

From No Usage (When I Ruled The Thermostat)   I’m nerdy, lets just get that out of the way. One of the things that I was most excited by when I got a house was the fact that I could put in a Nest thermostat and turn it into a smart home. Oh how I enjoyed checking the temperature a hundred times a day. Then we added an indoor...

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Bike Share

Dropbike is a new bike sharing service that recently debuted in Toronto and I believe it has huge potential to yet again change the way we live and commute in major metropolises.   Unlike most traditional bike share services, Dropbike does not require the bikes to be returned to docking stations. True to the sharing economy that has been driven by companies like AirBnB, as Dropbike puts...

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Fist Bump

It was always important to Sansom (my business partner) and I that at Zero Gravity Labs we place an intense emphasis on culture and that we try to be purposeful about how it emerged. I knew that we would create an environment where we valued diversity, where we put emphasis on growing the skills and knowledge of our team and one where we mixed great work with the...

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Get To Know Noah Marconi

An original team  member of Zero Gravity Labs, Noah Marconi represents exactly what we are about at ZGL. An inquisitive mind combined with being wonderfully nice makes Noah a hub of collaboration for  ZGL. Noah has an extremely strong research background and is a regular contributor to the Toronto technology community. Noah prefers his Grilled Cheese to be carnivorous  and is waiting for the day we're allowed...

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Sansom Lee

As a founding member of Zero Gravity Labs and as the Chief Scientist, Sansom Lee plays a pivotal role in setting the long term vision and strategy for ZGL as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of experimentation. He is a recognized leader at LoyaltyOne, has a passion for developing bright, up and coming talent and is a sought after conference/meet-up speaker. Sansom also is...

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We’ve been taking a closer look at Azure for recent experiments at Zero Gravity Labs. While there are differences from the familiar AWS, I’m finding the Aure Data Lake REST API is a breeze to work with. In this blog post I’ll share a quick example in R.   Use Case We have a preprocessing job where the data set is relatively small (a few million ndjson records)....

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