Using Machine Learning to Diagnose Cancer – A Tutorial


Some of you might have heard about diagnosing different health conditions with the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Artificial intelligence is a buzz word these days and for those who know little about programming it might actually seem real. But it’s not, at least not in 2017…

Like Kevin Kelly, I prefer to use AI as an acronym for augmented intelligence to describe learning machines.

So, what do these learning machines do and how come they are so very powerful at certain tasks? Well, let’s look at a specific example.

I’ll be using a machine learning library in Python on a cancer dataset to classify tumors as malignant or benign.

Biochemistry – Fatty Acid Metabolism [Video Series]

If you’ve been following my channel on Youtube, you know that some of the videos I make are biochemistry related. I just partially completed a series on fatty acid metabolism, which is in accordance to Lehninger’s Principles of Biochemistry textbook. It is likely that I’ll add more videos to the list in the future. But for now, here’s the ‘partially-complete’:

Anything you Want – by Derek Sivers [Animated Book Review]

In his book, Anything you Want, Derek Sivers makes the case for simplicity. Cutting all the unnecessary clutter and getting to the essence of things may make a happier personal life and a business more successful. Here are some of my take-away messages from the book.

Intermittent Fasting and Coffee Intake – [Video]

Some asked about intermittent fasting and coffee intake. In this video I discuss my current strategy, which is to consume coffee in my fasting window, in the morning. I drink black coffee, and sometimes I put a stevia pill in it (which is non-caloric).

My Current (Feb. 2017) Workout Strategy with Intermittent Fasting – [Video]

In this video I briefly discuss what I currently do in terms of working out and intermittent fasting. In short, I workout 15-17 hours fasted and my current IF is 21/3 (21 hours fasting, 3 hours eating). I keep fasting for a few hours after my workout. The longer version:

Intermediate Python – Building a GUI App with tkinter [Video Series]

Since this video series is complete, I decided to post the full list of links to each video if you want to go through them (and code along) in a course-like (or timeline-like) fashion.

Physique Update – January 2017 [Video]

This is a very short video of my current physique. I keep these to track my changes through time, if there are any.

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss – Animated Book Review

I decided to make an animated review of the first section of Tim Ferriss’ book Tools of Titans. The following are some of my key take-away messages from this part of the book.

The Priming Effect – Animated Video [Practical Psychology]

This is another video in my Youtube series of developing critical thinking. Lots of stuff to work on (uhm, with respect to myself). But with time, I may improve 🙂

Insights from the 105 Books I read in 2016 – [On Self-Education]



I read and listened to 105 books in 2016, which is ~20 more books than in 2015. I have no intention to set another PR in 2017 because reading is not a marathon for me. I enjoy the process and I don’t speed read.

I attribute my ability to go through so many books in 2016 to prioritization, and not to increasing the speed with which I go through the books. In fact, I think I’m a slow reader, and I don’t mind that.

The majority of the books I read were non-fiction: textbooks, biographies, computer programming and other science related books.

I do most of my reading on my tablet. I have a nice app and a stylus-pen that make the experience of reading extremely enjoyable. When I’m in NYC, I mostly read paper books that I borrow from NYPL. I explained this here.

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