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A massive repository of COVID-19 data accessible through Namara

Started Mar 24 0 Replies

I work for ThinkData Works and we have made a massive repository of COVID-19 data accessible through Namara. We are constantly updating and expanding the data available there. If you can make use of…Continue

Tags: repostiory, data, COVID-19

Will all that data in the hands of Google or Facebook lead to a good result or bad?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mab Alam May 28, 2018. 2 Replies

Two years ago Google X, the moonshot lab within Google prepared a speculative 9 minute video for in-house consumption called "The Selfish Ledger".  Recently the video was leaked and found its way…Continue

Tags: transperancy, privacy, the selfish ledger

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Explaining Data Science to a Non-Data Scientist

Summary:  Explaining data science to a non-data scientist isn’t as easy as it sounds.  You may know a lot about math, tools, techniques, data, and computer architecture but the question is how do you explain this briefly without getting buried in the detail.  You might try this approach. We’ve all been there.  You’re at a party or maybe striking up a conversation with…See More
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William Vorhies commented on William Vorhies's blog post Do You Need an AI Product Manager
"Mark: Thanks.  Great observations. Bill"
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Mark Cramer commented on William Vorhies's blog post Do You Need an AI Product Manager
"AI Product Manager here. Great post! I think Marty Cagan did the best job of describing the role of the PM. There are essentially two responsibilities: assess opportunity and define the product. Essential the 'why' and the…"
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Do You Need an AI Product Manager

Summary:  What is an AI Product Manager and how do you know when you need one. The role of Product Manager (PM) can mean many things dependent on the specifics of the company, its markets, its channels, and the variety of its products.  It’s almost impossible to put a single label on the responsibilities of a PM except that he or she is responsible for all the features…See More
May 26
William Vorhies posted a blog post

Do You Need an AI Product Manager

Summary:  What is an AI Product Manager and how do you know when you need one. The role of Product Manager (PM) can mean many things dependent on the specifics of the company, its markets, its channels, and the variety of its products.  It’s almost impossible to put a single label on the responsibilities of a PM except that he or she is responsible for all the features…See More
May 25
William Vorhies's blog post was featured

KISS – Complex DNN Techniques are Not the Improvements They’re Reported to Be

Summary:  In a comprehensive study of 18 recently presented DNN advancements in top-N recommenders, only 7 presented sufficient data to allow reproduction.  Worse, of the 7 that could be reproduced none showed an actual improvement over simple linear and KNN techniques when those were properly optimized. Imagine you are the head of a major data science team at an…See More
May 20
William Vorhies posted a blog post

KISS – Complex DNN Techniques are Not the Improvements They’re Reported to Be

Summary:  In a comprehensive study of 18 recently presented DNN advancements in top-N recommenders, only 7 presented sufficient data to allow reproduction.  Worse, of the 7 that could be reproduced none showed an actual improvement over simple linear and KNN techniques when those were properly optimized. Imagine you are the head of a major data science team at an…See More
May 19
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Will DNNs Ever Really be Explainable?

Summary: As we have become ever more enamored with DNNs, and their accuracy and utility has been paced only by their complexity we will need to answer the question of whether we will ever really be able to explain what goes on inside. As we have become ever more enamored with DNNs, and their accuracy and utility has been paced only by their complexity we will need to…See More
May 13
William Vorhies posted a blog post

Will DNNs Ever Really be Explainable?

Summary: As we have become ever more enamored with DNNs, and their accuracy and utility has been paced only by their complexity we will need to answer the question of whether we will ever really be able to explain what goes on inside. As we have become ever more enamored with DNNs, and their accuracy and utility has been paced only by their complexity we will need to…See More
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For Better or Worse Analytics and Data Science are Converging

Summary:  Analytic Platforms are rapidly being augmented with features previously reserved for data scientists.  They are presented as easy to use but require substantial data literacy and advanced DS skills for the most complex.  Business users and analysts can pursue more complex problems on their own, but need good oversight. Data Science Platform developers and…See More
May 4
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Apr 30
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Time for a Chatbot Tune-Up

Summary:  Now that you have a little time for introspection, how about reviewing the performance of your chatbots. Chances are this lock down period has given you a little more time for introspection and observation than you had before.  Let me suggest that this would be a good time to take a look at how your chatbots are performing and how they might be improved.There is…See More
Apr 28
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How COVID-19 is Likely to Change Your AI Strategy

Summary:  COVID-19 and the changes it creates in the business environment for the next 12 to 24 months means our current AI strategies need to thoroughly reviewed and probably retargeted. Whether you are a Zoom-connected CXX level living out your WFH isolation or one the ‘fortunates’ in essential industries who still goes into the office, it should be apparent that in the…See More
Apr 21
William Vorhies's blog post was featured

Model Transparency and the Complication of Model-Based vs Model-Free Learning

Summary:  High stakes models like those that allocate scarce resources to competing hospitals are headline news.  New thinking contrasting model-based versus model-free learning are emerging to describe new conditions we must consider before building or evaluating those models. At this point we’re all familiar with the conversation around model transparency.  Whether…See More
Apr 14

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Data-Magnum, LLC
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President & Chief Data Scientist
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big data and predictive analytics
Short Bio:
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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William Vorhies's Blog

Explaining Data Science to a Non-Data Scientist

Posted on June 2, 2020 at 9:40am 0 Comments

Summary:  Explaining data science to a non-data scientist isn’t as easy as it sounds.  You may know a lot about math, tools, techniques, data, and computer architecture but the question is how do you explain this briefly without getting buried in the detail.  You might try this approach.

 

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Do You Need an AI Product Manager

Posted on May 25, 2020 at 10:23am 2 Comments

Summary:  What is an AI Product Manager and how do you know when you need one.

 

The role of Product Manager (PM) can mean many things dependent on the specifics of the company, its markets, its channels, and the variety of its products.  It’s almost impossible to put a single label on the responsibilities of a…

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KISS – Complex DNN Techniques are Not the Improvements They’re Reported to Be

Posted on May 19, 2020 at 12:53pm 0 Comments

Summary:  In a comprehensive study of 18 recently presented DNN advancements in top-N recommenders, only 7 presented sufficient data to allow reproduction.  Worse, of the 7 that could be reproduced none showed an actual improvement over simple linear and KNN techniques when those were properly optimized.

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Will DNNs Ever Really be Explainable?

Posted on May 11, 2020 at 2:41pm 0 Comments

Summary: As we have become ever more enamored with DNNs, and their accuracy and utility has been paced only by their complexity we will need to answer the question of whether we will ever really be able to explain what goes on inside.

 

As we have become ever more enamored with DNNs, and their accuracy and…

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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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