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Data Science Summer Reading List 2016

The Data Science Association presents the Data Science Summer Reading List for 2016:…

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Added by Michael Walker on June 29, 2016 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Musical Taste Correlates with SAT Scores?

Does human intelligence have any connection to the type of music a person listens to? Can we define human intelligence? How do you measure human intelligence? Do SAT scores accurately measure human intelligence? Is there any evidence that SAT scores accurately predict educational or workplace performance?



I am skeptical 1) that we…

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Added by Michael Walker on October 22, 2015 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Data Scientists Must Prioritize Client Confidentiality

Many organizations are reluctant to create data science teams (internally or externally) because of information confidentiality and privacy concerns. It is dangerous to open the kimono to competition - disclosing high-value information about inner workings of the firm may cause…

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Added by Michael Walker on September 24, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Data Science Summer Reading List 2015

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Added by Michael Walker on June 1, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Meet the New Chief Data Scientist of the United States Government

United States President Barack Obama recently introduced DJ Patil as the new Chief Data Scientist of the United States Government. See video: Data Science: Where are We Going?…

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Added by Michael Walker on April 2, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Untestable & Unreasonable Assumptions in Models is Data Science Malpractice

We all know models are always an illusion of reality - yet may or may not be useful. Data scientists should build both simple and complex models with reasonable and testable assumptions that capture what is…

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Added by Michael Walker on December 5, 2014 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Data Science for Improved Democracy

The current (November 2014) United States election reminds us that sophisticated data science techniques are employed on the public in attempt to influence opinion and persuade votes. The slick television advertising, debate prevarications, and policy position distortions and exaggerations have soured many citizens on the current state of modern democracy. Indeed, most feel we are not getting the straight scoop - the…

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Added by Michael Walker on November 2, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Data Science is Dead - Long Live the Data Scientist

While there is much hype and confusion around "data science" and the hot new professional "data scientist…

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Added by Michael Walker on October 14, 2014 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Caveat Data Scientist: Public Trust Low for Science

A new paper entitled "Gaining Trust as well as Respect in Communicating Science Topicspublished in the Proceedings of the National…

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Added by Michael Walker on September 24, 2014 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Data Science Summer Reading List 2014

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Added by Michael Walker on June 12, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Data science profession: accredidation, code of conduct

Data scientists are the lion kings of data pros while salaries for business intelligence and data warehousing pros are stagnating. 

Actual data scientist salaries are much higher considering many garden…

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Added by Michael Walker on May 27, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Bad Data Science and Woody Allen

"Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." - Oscar Wilde



In Woody Allen's 1973 iconoclastic movie "Sleeper" a man (health food store owner) wakes up two hundred years in the future. For breakfast…

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Added by Michael Walker on May 12, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

The Deadly Data Science Sin of Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias occurs when people actively search for and favor information or evidence that confirms their preconceptions or hypotheses while ignoring or slighting adverse or mitigating evidence. It is a type of cognitive bias (pattern of deviation in judgment that occurs in…

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Added by Michael Walker on April 24, 2014 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

The Haboob Clouds Hadoops Future

Hadoop is an open source framework for storing massive amounts of data on clusters of commodity hardware.



Haboob is a dense dust storm that moves fast…

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Added by Michael Walker on March 23, 2014 at 9:03am — 3 Comments

Data Silos Obstruct Quest for Competitive Advantage

Data and information silos are a significant problem for organizations getting full value from data. Data silos are separate databases or data files that are not part of an organization's enterprise-wide…

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Added by Michael Walker on February 11, 2014 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Models vs. Experiments

At the Rose Professional Data Science Practice, we see many organizations spending a majority of…
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Added by Michael Walker on November 17, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Sensors Here, There and Everywhere

Smart organizations are using the power of data science and data produced by embedded sensors and machine devices to better measure performance, discover patterns, prevent problems, and improve…

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Added by Michael Walker on October 29, 2013 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

The Professionalization of Data Science

There has been much discussion and debate about the definition of data science and the new rare breed of sexy bird called the data scientist. The …

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Added by Michael Walker on October 22, 2013 at 10:13pm — 2 Comments

High Performance Computing + Data Science = Competitive Advantage

High Performance Computing (HPC) plus data science allows public and private organizations get…

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Added by Michael Walker on September 17, 2013 at 12:28pm — 1 Comment

Prescriptive Analytics

Business analytics comes in three (3) general flavors: descriptive, predictive and prescriptive. See: …

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Added by Michael Walker on August 27, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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