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A light set of enablers based on Cloudframe's proprietary data science codebase.

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The Ephemerai Data Scientist Enabler

At Ephemerai we employ teams of Data Scientists, Data Engineers, and Software Developers. Check us out at

If you're interested in joining our team as a Data Scientist see here: Bid Prediction Repo. There you'll find a fun problem and more info about our evergreen positions for Data Scientists, Data Engineers, and Software Developers.

This package contains some convenience functions meant help a Data Scientist:

  • get data into a format that is useful for training models,
  • track experiments as a natural workflow, and
  • use common cloud resources like AWS S3.

It is a light version of some of our proprietary enablers that we use to deliver data-informed products to our clients. The workflow sub-module contains tracker which is intended to support data science experimentation.


pip install datascientist


In addition to the following packages, datascientist requires that you have the credentials (et cetera) to perform the operation required. For example, when connecting to a Redshift database you must have the correct credentials stored either as environment variables (see the example bash profile) or in an rs_creds.json file located in the home directory.

  • pandas
  • numpy
  • psycopg2
  • PyYAML


|-- connections/
|   |--
|   |--
|-- workflow/
|   |--
|   |--
|-- special/
|   |--
|   |--
|-- bash_profile_example



A set of convenience functions for interacting with a Redshift database. In addition to merely establishing connections and fetching data, this sub-module can perform do things like:

  • Infer the schema of your DataFrame
  • CREATE and DROP tables
  • WRITE data to a table
  • Perform an UPSERT operation
  • Get the names of tables in your cluster
  • Et cetera

For example, upsert data or write a new table:

import connections.rsconnect as rs

### Store a local file to S3

bucket, key = rs.df_to_s3(
  bucket = 'my-bucket', 
  key = 'location/on/s3/my-file.csv',
  primary = 'my_primary_key'

### If the table exists, perform an upsert operation from the CSV
### If it doesn't, create a table from the CSV

tname = 'my_table'
fields = rs.infer_schema(df)
if rs.table_check(tname):
    _ = rs.upsert_table(
      bucket = bucket,
      key = key,
      primary = 'my_primary_key'

    _ = rs.create_table(
      primary = 'my_primary_key'
    _ = rs.write_data(

Note also that the function to fetch data is: rs.sql_to_df().


The workflow.tracker provides a lightweight tool for tracking a data science workflow. It is intended to help data scientists produce human-readable artifacts and obviate the need for things like complex naming conventions to keep track of the state of modeling experiments. It also has features to enable reproducibility, iterative improvment, and model deployent in a cloud environment (AWS right now).

The fundamental object of this library is the Project class. A Project conceptually is a single effort to build a Machine Learning function to address a particular problem. Individual experiments are conceptualized as 'runs'. A Run covers the data science workflow from data conditioning (post ETL and feature generation) through model validation and testing.

For more information and to learn how to use the Workflow Tracker, see the sample notebooks in the 'cloud-event-modeling' repository.


The special.s3session module contains a set of convenience functions for creating an S3 session with credentials, checking a bucket's existence, listing a bucket's objects, and the like.

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