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A Data Scientist's Advice to Business Schools

I assist enterprises by driving data-driven approaches into their operations, developing market-aware products that learn from data, and encouraging data-smart cultures among the c-suite of executives. I have had the privilege to work with many…

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Added by Sean McClure on April 8, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Data Scientist: Owning Up to the Title

Turning something raw into something industrially valuable has always required 2 things; science and engineering. The science is our attempt to explain and predict…

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Added by Sean McClure on December 2, 2014 at 10:10am — 7 Comments

The Only Skill you Should be Concerned With

Skills, skills, skills!!! Which ones should I learn? Which ones do I need to land the job, to impress the client, to prepare for the future, to stay relevant? What programming languages should I learn? What technologies should I master? What business books should I read? Is there a course I can take, or a…

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Added by Sean McClure on November 13, 2014 at 10:00am — 28 Comments

Start with Good Science on Good Data, Then we'll Talk 'Big Data'

We are currently witnessing a land rush of investment in Big Data architectures promising companies that they can turn their data into gold using the latest in distributed computing and advanced analytical methods. Although there is indeed much potential in applying machine learning and statistical…

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Added by Sean McClure on November 3, 2014 at 6:46am — 3 Comments

More about Shifting Culture, Less about Investing in Potential

Data Science is often brought to companies as a potential game changer. An investment that may pay off if the company's data can be leveraged to provide insight and gain a competitive edge. But bringing analytical offerings to organizations as a "maybe solution" to their pain points misses the mark. Data science is today's answer to our most pressing enterprise and socially innovative challenges given the data-driven nature of our markets and society as a whole. If an investment in data…

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Added by Sean McClure on September 29, 2014 at 9:03am — 1 Comment

New Beginnings in Facial Recognition

As humans, we navigate our lives largely by the recognition of patterns. These patterns include the sound of a mother’s voice, the appearance of a dangerous animal or poisonous food, the familiarity of kin, and the attraction to potential mates. Accurate pattern recognition is key to an animal’s survival and progress, and has allowed humans to become the socially complex and advanced species we are today. 

It should come as no surprise that…

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Added by Sean McClure on September 29, 2014 at 9:01am — No Comments

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