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The Month of August In Data Science

The month of August saw a plethora of data science-related news and announcements, including a Wired feature on Kaggle founder Jeremy Howard’s quest to improve health care, GE’s success in bringing analytics-derived insights to its products for the railroad, airline, hospital, and utility industries, a provocative interview with OKCupid founder Christian Rudder, and much more. Here’s our roundup of the major data science news of the month.

  • The Data Scientist on a Quest to Turn Computers Into Doctors - Wired profiles Kaggle founder Jeremy Howard and his efforts to improve health care through data science practices such as developing deep learning algorithms.
  • What Cars Did for Today’s World, Data May Do for Tomorrow’s - The New York Times profiles Pivotal investor General Electric’s major push towards Internet of Things-connected machines and devices to fuel its data lake. GE is bringing analytics-derived insights to its products for the railroad, airline, hospital, and utility industries, yielding successes such as the ability to detect “possible [airline] defects 2,000 times as fast as it could before.”
  • For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights - For all of the promises of data science, the major hurdle for many practitioners remains the messiness of available data, the New York Times reports. “Data wrangling” accounts for 50 to 80 percent of professionals’ time according to studies cited in the article, reducing the effectiveness of data scientists’ efforts.
  • Hadoop gets real - Computerworld details how a number of companies are benefiting from Hadoop’s ever-increasing capability and functionality, and improved ease of use. The article focuses on an interview with Inovalon’s CTO, who discusses how the company is leveraging Hadoop in detail.
  • DataKind’s do-good data-science projects arrive in 5 more cities - VentureBeat reports on the increased scope of Pivotal for Good partner DataKind’s efforts, with the non-profit expanding its data scientist-and-nonprofit matchmaking service to five new cities around the world, including Bangalore, Dublin, Singapore, Washington DC, and San Francisco.
  • OkCupid’s Co-Founder on the Myth of the Data Scientist ‘Unicorn’ - The Wall Street Journal interviews OkCupid founder Christian Rudder, who controversially defended Facebook’s user sentiment experiments on the company’s blog in July. Rudder aims to dispel a number of persistent myths and misconceptions about the discipline, explaining OkCupid’s rationale behind its own user experience experiments, and stating that while data science requires a number of specialized skills, practitioners need not be ‘special geniuses’ to be effective data scientists.

The Month of August in Pivotal Data Sciences

  • Enabling Personalized Healthcare with Biomedical Informatics - Aridhia is a world leading health informatics company developing technology that supports the innovation, collaboration, and management of chronic diseases. Watch the on-demand webinar to learn how Aridhia is using Pivotal technology to maximize the potential of existing data within the healthcare system.
  • Data Science How To: Massively Parallel, In-Database Image Processi... - This post, part 2, is a continuation of part 1 where Image Processing Expert and Pivotal Senior Data Scientist, Ailey Crow, gives a short introduction on how data science is applied towards better, faster image processing.

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