EPFL Extension School — Applied Data Science: Machine Learning

I have just successfully defended my end-of-course project for the EPFL Extension School and earn an EPFL Certificate of Open Studies Diploma and 15 ECTS credits.

My journey started in May, last year. The lockdown was announced and after a few month of hard work (I’m a business continuity manager) I was a permanent work from home. Time for me to look after an online training and immediately my choices focused on something around data and programming.

My school background is programming in several languages, started in late 80’s with some Cobol 74 programs to more recently Python’s Notebooks of…


This story goes through the 8 Queens problem and implement a few Python programming skills and the use of Chess Library.

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Chess is very popular actually for those who saw “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix (or other channels). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Queen%27s_Gambit_(miniseries)

I used to play Chess since I am 6 years old and programming since 14 y.o. I am 55 y.o now, so you can imagine how long I dealt both topics. …


The golden oil for a data scientist and machine learning programer is the dataset. Without datas, analysis and modeling is not possible.

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Topics of this story

  • way to collect a dataset
  • web scraping example
  • scheduling

When we start a new project of data analysis and/or machine learning modeling there is several tasks to do before jumping or diving in coding.

Collect the data is one of the most important one. There is multiple options to get a dataset (after scoping the project). We can find the dataset on internet. The web offers thousands of link where data can be downloaded (for free or for…

Daryl Felix

Passionate programmer with more than 30 years of experience, from the first Cobol programs to Python.

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