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Khalid Riaz commented on William Vorhies's blog post Why R is Bad for You
"I agree with  Wei-Chun Chu, the title seems to suggest a comparison between coding in R  and coding in other programming languages, rather than a comparison between coding and the drag-and-drop functionality. SAS has consistently lost…"
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Phil Rack commented on William Vorhies's blog post Why R is Bad for You
"Bill, a fine article and thank you for writing it. I'd like to offer my view which is perhaps a bit different from most of the postings and responses that I have read so far. To be transparent, I resell a product called WPS which is a SAS…"
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The Data Science Behind AI

Summary:  For those of you traditional data scientist who are interested in AI but still haven’t given it a deep dive, here’s a high level overview of the data science technologies that combine into what the popular press calls artificial intelligence (AI). We and others have written quite a bit about the various types of data…See More
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Shantanu Karve commented on William Vorhies's blog post Why R is Bad for You
"This issue goes beyond R v SAS/SPSS. In the broadest sense, it captures the evolution of IT - hardware and software in yet another domain. The barriers to entry of cost, of skills come crashing down, individuals and newer companies break in, as…"
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Tony Lange commented on William Vorhies's blog post Why R is Bad for You
"To William - your are "Stunned at the complexity of R " etc  That is your problem. You cannot generalise, and in fact the irony is that the problem of generalisation which you want in analytics, is not really achieved anyway Again…"
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William Vorhies commented on William Vorhies's blog post Why R is Bad for You
"A number of readers have sent me comments directly and I wanted to provide this very thoughtful one sent by my LinkedIn colleague Paul: I saw your recent note on Data Science Central about “Why R is Bad for you” and, since I’m in…"
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Shay Pal commented on William Vorhies's blog post Why R is Bad for You
"I would like to mention that in today's growing world of "Citizen Data Scientists" , more GUI based packages like SPSS come in handy. That being said, R is essential if you are a statistician or a data scientist"
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Tim Lin commented on William Vorhies's blog post Why R is Bad for You
"I’ve used a number of tools for “data science” work.  Although I can’t say I’ve been doing this long enough to exhaustively survey all the options, I do find myself going back to R over and over again. Reasons for…"
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David Reinke commented on William Vorhies's blog post Why R is Bad for You
"In the software engineering world it is considered bad form to try to convince someone else that your programming language/development environment/text editor/development tool is better than theirs. It is especially not cool to take a religious…"
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Editorial Director for DataScienceCentral. President and Chief Data Scientist at Data-Magnum, providing predictive analytics and big data infrastructure projects as a service. Bill has been an active commercial predictive modeler since 2001.
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Analytics, Data Integration, Big Data, Data Science
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William Vorhies's Blog

Why R is Bad for You

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 4:30pm 62 Comments

Summary:  Someone had to say it.  In my opinion R is not the best way to learn data science and not the best way to practice it either.  More and more large employers agree.

 

Someone had to say it.  I know this will be controversial and I welcome your comments but in my opinion…

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The Three Ages of AI – Figuring Out Where We Are

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 9:41am 1 Comment

Summary:  Just where are we in the Age of AI, where are we going, and what happens when we get there?

 

When things are changing fast, sometimes it’s necessary to take a step back and see where you are.  It’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement over the details.  The individual data science technologies that underlie AI are all moving forward on different paths at different speeds, but all of those speeds are fast.  So before you change careers or…

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Using Algorithms to Detect Fake News – The State of the Art

Posted on May 1, 2017 at 3:30pm 4 Comments

Summary:  Just how accurate are algorithms at spotting fake news and are we ready to turn them loose to suppress material they don’t find credible.  Here are some considerations and stories about some of the companies trying to build these fact-checkers.

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Keeping Your Job in the Age of Automation

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 8:09am 0 Comments

Summary:  What are the real threats of job loss from real and AI enhanced virtual robots?  How do we position ourselves and our children to succeed in this new environment?

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At 9:08pm on July 27, 2015, Ziauddin Syed said…

Dear William,

Congratulation to you on your promotion to Editorial Director for the Data Science Central Network (DSC). 

Regards,

Zia

 
 
 

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