Mary Dickson Diaz

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(cute and) fuzzy searching

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… !

badge of honor

The bad news: my achievement bot got banned! (a twitter ban on a benevolent bot is actually a badge of honor in twitterbot land, so I’m not too broken up about it)

The good news: I discovered this fact while updating my resume! I added some projects that I’m proud of and can talk about, which makes the idea of chatting with tech recruiters less horrifying.

I haven’t had time to blog which is a bummer for me, but not unexpected. In the meantime though, you can enjoy my lightning talk about Markov Chains, which I used to create Bookmerge.

Back in a jiffy 🙂

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