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AWS Summit London 2017

"I think we found something that AWS doesn't do well at scale." - overheard in the registration queue We once again attended the AWS Summit in London with more than 6000 visitors expected. In order to enjoy the event, you'd have better been early... or you could have end up in a massive registration queue or …
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What’s up with Targeted Advertising?

A lot of people have been down on targeted advertising recently, saying its days are numbered, and that mass marketing is the way forward. Dreaming up marketing segments to target is one of the big rituals of the advertising process so, understandably, quite a few people in the industry are upset about it. Mark Ritson, …
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PyData London 2017: Forecasting social inequality using agent-based modelling

James gave a brilliant talk about forecasting social inequality using ABM at the recent PyData London 2017 conference. You can check out the video here and the slides here. The abstract: "How can we assess the future impact of changes to government policy? One tool that is gaining in popularity is agent-based modelling, in which a population …
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Using SSL with gRPC in Python

We have recently started using gRPC at Sandtable and we really like it. gRPC is an HTTP/2 based open-source RPC framework released by Google in 2015. It uses Google's Protocol Buffers as the interface definition language and data serialisation format. gRPC can be used from a number of different languages, for example, C++, Python, and Golang, to name …
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Why Agent-Based Modelling?

Sandtable is known as a specialist in agent-based modelling. As such, we're often asked what kind of modelling question ABM is best placed to answer. Or, put another way, what does ABM do that other techniques can't? In the table below we've mapped features of the system to be modelled (along the top) against modelling approaches …
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QCON London 2017

We were excited to attend for the second time QCON London (you can find our review from the past year here: day 1, day 2 and day 3). QCON is a conference running for 3 days targeting CTOs, Software Team Leaders, Architects and Senior Software Engineers, with a focus on emerging technologies. The talks are divided into tracks …
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