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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 — 1 Comment

Apache Beam - Create Data Processing Pipelines

At the Data Science Association our members often complain about the major data engineering problem of finding the right tools and programming models to build both robust data processing pipelines and efficient ETL processes for data transformation and integration.…



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Added by Michael Walker on May 19, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

TUPAQ - Automating Model Search for Large Scale Machine Learning

Simplifying and automating machine learning processes and techniques - that depend on large-scale, distributed datasets to achieve high statistical performance - is critical for the future of applied data…
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Added by Michael Walker on April 9, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Data Variety Trumps Volume and Velocity

A new 2016 survey entitled "Big Data Executive Survey 2016" concludes that data variety is the top…

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Added by Michael Walker on March 30, 2016 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Beware: Employers Mine Your Personal Data to Predict Health

Watch out folks - there is a new breed of health analytics firms sprouting like weeds - mining "big data" about you and making broad and bold predictions about your state of health to make workplace decisions.

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Added by Michael Walker on February 18, 2016 at 12:34am — No Comments

ScalaCL - Run Scala on GPUs

ScalaCL lets programmers run Scala code on GPUs with OpenCL. It also optimizes general Scala loops (on…

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Added by Michael Walker on December 17, 2015 at 6:07pm — 1 Comment

TensorFlow Machine Learning System

Google recently open sourced TensorFlow providing access to a powerful machine learning system. TensorFlow is a machine learning library with tools for data scientists to design intelligent systems…

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Added by Michael Walker on November 17, 2015 at 9:44pm — 1 Comment

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 Focus on Data Security Risk - Cyber Risk Report 2015

Last week we discussed the importance of data scientists prioritizing client…

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Added by Michael Walker on October 1, 2015 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Ten (10) Minute Data Scientist Online Survey

The Data Science Association (DSA) and Google is interested in learning more about your experience with tools and training. Click on the link below to take a 10-minute survey for data scientists.…

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Added by Michael Walker on October 1, 2015 at 7:53pm — No 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 -…

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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

Self-learning Machines & Deep Convolutional Neural Networks Classify Scenes & Identify Objects

Recent research using deep convolutional neural networks and new system architectures have demonstrated the ability of smart machines…

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Added by Michael Walker on May 16, 2015 at 2:38pm — 1 Comment

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

Why Women Make Great Data Scientists

I often receive phone calls from organizations, aspiring data scientists and reporters about whether data science would be a good career choice for women. My response is absolutely yes, for the following reasons:

Women are great contrarian…

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Added by Michael Walker on February 27, 2015 at 10:10am — 19 Comments

Data Veracity vs. Data Quality

There is often confusion between the definitions of "data veracity" and "data quality".

Data veracity is sometimes thought as uncertain or imprecise data, yet may be more precisely defined as false or inaccurate data. The data may be intentionally, negligently or mistakenly falsified. Data veracity may be distinguished from data quality,…

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Added by Michael Walker on January 25, 2015 at 8:00pm — 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…

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Added by Michael Walker on December 5, 2014 at 6:31pm — 1 Comment

Data Diversity and Integration Trumps Big Data for Better Decision-making

While large data sets may provide significant value in certain cases, data diversity and integrating smart data points will provide more consistent actionable insights and high value intelligence leading to better decision-making.



For example, consider NFL football data. Focusing on large football game data sets is usually not helpful and often misleading creating…

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Added by Michael Walker on November 19, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

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

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