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In Search of the Optimal Cheeseburger

If you’ve ever spent valuable billable hours time thinking about an algorithm to seek out the optimal cheeseburger, and calculate metrics like the maximal meat-to-bun ratio, then this presentation by noted data scientist Hilary Mason at the Ignite NYC event last year is for you. Hilary, a self-admitted cheeseburger lover, found some data sets in […]

Data Scientists Losing their Sex Appeal?

At year end 2013, a probing article appeared in CMS Wire, “The End of Data Scientists and Other Predictions.” I remember reading it at the time and thinking to myself, “Oh well, I better fire up a screenplay template in Word like everyone else here in LA and start typing because I’ll be out of work soon.”

Big Data Humor: Error Bar Madness


Sometimes you just can trust your neighbor’s error bar!   Sign up for the free insideBIGDATA newsletter.

Big Data Humor: Apollo Blues


A statistical tribute to our waning group of brave Apollo astronauts!     Sign up for the free insideBIGDATA newsletter.  

Netflix Reveals All (well, at least a lot)


Last night I had the distinct pleasure of attending a Data Science Track event sponsored by the LA Machine Learning meetup group: Data Science @ Netflix.

Big Data Humor: A Fruity Kind of Plot


Where’s your classification decision boundary – Yummy fruit vs. Yucky fruit?     Sign up for the free insideBIGDATA newsletter.

Big Data Humor: Power of the Pie


Pie charts are typically deemed the least useful type of plot to data scientists during the Exploratory Data Analysis phase of a machine learning project, but in this case I think it works!     Sign up for the free insideBIGDATA newsletter.

Big Data Humor: You Have a Really Nice Axis


Is your trend line getting you down? Things could be worse as in …     Sign up for the free insideBIGDATA newsletter.

Big Data Humor: Got Boring Customers?


Any data scientist knows that Big Data success is all about features, features, features. Feature engineering rules! Sign up for the free insideBIGDATA newsletter.

The Death of Data Science has been Greatly Exaggerated


I’ve been finding it fascinating to watch on as data scientists discuss the death of data science. It all started with a rather sensationalized post over at Slashdot: “Data Science is Dead” by Miko Matsumura, Vice President at Hazelcast.