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David Stephenson commented on ajit jaokar's blog post State of #AI 2019 Report
"Thanks for posting this Ajit. This kind of summary is really useful.  Especially interesting to see the mention of healthcare.  In fact, one of our presentations at predictive analytics world London last October was a team lead of…"
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Former eBay Head of Global Analytics. Now consulting and speaking on Data Science, BI and data privacy.
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New book on big data, AI and data science for executive audiences

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 9:49am 0 Comments

It's been a while since my last blog post, but I wanted to update everyone on a project that's been keeping me busy recently.

Last year Pearson Publishing commissioned me to write a book on big data / data science.  They asked me to write it for executive audiences (non-technical), and to make it very practical for business use. Writing the book was quite a task, but it was a great exercise in summarizing the industry experience I'd gathered in my years leading data science teams…


Office Politics: A survival guide for data scientists

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 11:00am 1 Comment

Everyone gets sunk by office politics at some point in their career, but data scientists  are in some ways especially ill-prepared to navigate the unspoken rules and hidden agendas that together form a critical part of the corporate world.  Although some people may actively fuel office politics to gain power, I'll assume that's not the case for most of us. I'd like instead to simply suggest a few basic survival skills, so we can focus as much as possible on…


Bridging Data Science and Business Intuition

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

Target corporation’s massively profitable data science project threw them into the news spotlight a few years back. Their story makes for a valuable case study in bridging data science and business intuition.

After having painstakingly developed a ‘golden-goose’ analytic model that could flag pregnant shoppers based on seemingly normal purchase patterns, Target…


Hiring a Chief Data Scientist

Posted on November 12, 2016 at 1:00am 0 Comments

A number of my mid-sized European clients recently have asked me to help them scope and recruit for the role of Chief Data Scientist (also scoped as ‘Head of Data Science’, ‘Lead Data Scientist’, ‘Head of Analytics’, etc.).    


This lead data science role is typically opened by the client company for one of two…


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