fuzzy cat

hello? is it me you’re looking for?

Hey folks, what a ride that was! I finished my class last week and I’m working on a wrap-up post (plus wrapping up a few loose ends for class). I am officially on the market (that’s a link to my LinkedIn page) if you hear of any great web developer opportunities out there. I’m attending a talk tonight called “How to Land an Awesome Tech Job in Seattle” where hopefully someone will offer me an awesome tech job in Seattle¬†(that’s how it works, right?)

In the meantime, my lightning talk on fuzzy searching is up!

I had entirely too much fun putting together this¬†powerpoint and learning about edit-distance and Dice’s coefficient. Fuzzy searching is for when an exact match isn’t found, but you want to view similar results / possible matches. I haven’t used it in an app yet but I have one just waiting to be deployed. One of my colleagues implemented fuzzy search for her final project, so I got to sit down with her and look at these options to see what might work best for her needs. Very cool.

(update: pee esss I found this great primer on Levenshtein, after my talk unfortunately, but helps explain some of the confusing things about edit distance)

In related news, I gave an impromptu lightning talk on markov chains at a Code Fellows event yesterday. I wasn’t expecting to talk, but it was great experience and practice on the fly!

Wish me luck as I attempt to #escapetheroom this afternoon… !