Running a simulation on 20 low priority Azure VMs for a cost of $0.02

Azure Batch clusters now supports  low-priority nodes, which can be used at a discount of up to 80% compared to the price of regular high-availability VMs. So what are Low-priority nodes Low-priority VMs are available for a much lower price than normal VMs and can significantly reduce the costs of running certain workloads or allow…


nbgrader to automate assessment and grading with JupyterHub on Azure Data Science VM

Jupyter notebook on Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine The Anaconda distribution on the Microsoft Data Science VM comes with a Jupyter notebook, an environment to share code and analysis. The Jupyter notebook is accessed through JupyterHub. You sign in using your local Linux user name and password. The Jupyter notebook server has been pre-configured with…


Getting started with R · Arithmetic and logical operators, Objects, Vectors, Factors & Lists

Guest post by Slaviana Pavlovich Microsoft Student Partner I am an IT and Management student at University College London with a passion for data science. I recently completed the Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science, where I developed core skills to work with data. If you are also interested in this career, but not sure…


Spatial Data Analysis with R

Guest blog by Jason Zhang Microsoft Student Partner at the University of Cambridge Hi, I am  Jason, a third year Natural Sciences student in University of Cambridge. With great interest in Microsoft and its work in Data Science, I joined the Microsoft Student Partner program in 2016. I then attended the Microsoft Professional Program, Data…


Exploring Pi with Jupyter & Azure Notebooks

A guest post by Ben Curnow, Microsoft Student Partner from the University of Cambridge. Introduction Pi could end up being a questionable choice of topic to place within the title of this blog. Not only because computers are.. well… computers, and can only represent Pi to a finite precision. Ok, I admit, 2.7+ trillion digits…


Guide to the Microsoft Azure Notebooks for Students

This is a guest post by Francine Tan, Microsoft Student Partner at Imperial College London Hi I’m Francine, a Penultimate year Electrical and Electronic Engineering student and Microsoft Student Partner at Imperial College London check out my linkedin profile at Introduction Microsoft Azure Notebooks is a free service that provides Jupyter Notebooks along with…


Learning more about the Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine 4th April 6pm–7pm

Public webinar on DSVM This webinar focuses on demonstrating how the Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) in Microsoft Azure conveniently enables key end-to-end data analytics scenarios by providing users immediate access to a collection of the top data science and development tools of the industry, completely pre-configured, with worked out examples and sample code. We…


Data Science Virtual Machines Windows VM Update Jan 2017

Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) January Updates new tools to our DSVM users, to help you be more productive with data science. In this post, we summarize key recent changes on the Windows Server side of our DSVM.   Key features include Microsoft R Server 9.0.1 (MRS9) developer edition, a major update to the enterprise…


Utilising Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine DSVM for your labs

    The data science virtual machine (DSVM) is an Virtual Machine image for Windows or Linux offered on Azure by from Microsoft providing several essential data science and analytics tools I previously taken about setting up the DSVM and produced a short walkthrough of getting started at  Here is a full set of…


Cortana Intelligence Suite and learning Azure ML, Jupyter notebooks with R and Python

With Cortana Intelligence Suite, students had access to a rich set of tools such as Azure ML, Jupyter notebooks with R and Python, and rich visualization capabilities with Power BI. At each of our hacks, students were given access to a collection of local data sets and challenged to develop a useful predictive analytical application….