Getting started with Kaggle competitions using the Tabular Playground Series

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The Titanic Competition is most people’s first attempt at getting started on Kaggle. It has a wonderful archive of resources but if you’re looking for something newer, quicker and progressive that gets you acquainted with Kaggle competitions, then the Tabular Playground Series is a fantastic place to start.

Tabular Playground Series (TPS)

TPS is a series of monthly competitions with simple tabular datasets. It has a beginner-friendly setup to help Kagglers get comfortable with Kaggle competitions.

It gives an end-to-end experience of how competitions work and quickly enables you to build confidence of exploring the mainstream competitions.

It’s new! Most of the discussions, codes…


Credits: Venkata Ramkumar Katta

#AskVopani is a Twitter AMA series to ask me anything and I will tweet my answer to one question every day.

More details can be found in the announcement:


Credits: Venkata Ramkumar Katta

#AskVopani is a Twitter AMA series to ask me anything and I will tweet my answer to one question every day.

More details can be found in the announcement:


Credits: Venkata Ramkumar Katta

#AskVopani is a Twitter AMA series to ask me anything and I will tweet my answer to one question every day.

More details can be found in the announcement:


Credits: Venkata Ramkumar Katta

#AskVopani is a Twitter AMA series to ask me anything and I will tweet my answer to one question every day.

More details can be found in the announcement:


Credits: Venkata Ramkumar Katta

#AskVopani is a Twitter AMA series to ask me anything and I will tweet my answer to one question every day.

More details can be found in the announcement:


Air Quality data in India has been made publicly available by CPCB: https://cpcb.nic.in/

A structured dataset of historical hourly values is available here.

A notebook with code in Python explaining the calculation of AQI is available here.


Covid-19 has hit almost every country in the world. India is no exception. It’s an emergency. It’s a threat. It’s a pandemic.

We need to fight this together. No matter who we are, where we are and what we think, there are always ways in which we can help and contribute. Nothing is too less or too much.

I decided to spend some time each day of April in exploring data regarding Covid-19 in India and maintain it in a report format as a Jupyter notebook on Kaggle: https://www.kaggle.com/rohanrao/india-s-fight-against-covid-19-april-2020

I’ll be happy to discuss, collaborate, hear comments and work on suggestions regarding this.


In a world booming with technology and innovation with tools, habits and solutions changing faster than ever before, there is a dying set of virtues that newer generations will miss out on. I believe writing is one of them.

When was the last time you wrote something? Today? Yesterday?
Wait… I’m talking about actually “writing” something on a piece of paper using a pen or pencil. I bet your answer just changed.

Computers and technology has made expressing oneself amazingly convenient and flexible. We can share our thoughts with someone else on the other side of the world in a…


Do you feel happy and relieved to see your bookmark slotted neatly between the pages of a book you came back to read? Or to tap directly onto the bookmarked page on your Kindle?

I gave up this little convenience in order to gain a lot more. And that is why I don’t use bookmarks.

I’m an avid reader. I started out with the library of books owned by my father and later moved on to my personal Kindle collection. I will admit that I did use bookmarks for the first two or three books I read. …

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