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Announcing the JHU Data Science Hackathon 2015

July 28, 2015
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We are pleased to announce that the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will be hosting the first ever JHU Data Science Hackathon (DaSH) on September 21-23, 2015 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. This event will be an opportunity for data scientists and data scientists-in-training to get together and

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stringsAsFactors: An unauthorized biography

July 24, 2015
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Recently, I was listening in on the conversation of some colleagues who were discussing a bug in their R code. The bug was ultimately traced back to the well-known phenomenon that functions like 'read.table()' and 'read.csv()' in R convert columns that are detected to be character/strings to be factor variables. This lead to the spontaneous

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The Mozilla Fellowship for Science

July 10, 2015
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This looks like an interesting opportunity for grad students, postdocs, and early career researchers: We're looking for researchers with a passion for open source and data sharing, already working to shift research practice to be more collaborative, iterative and open. Fellows will spend 10 months starting September 2015 as community catalysts at their institutions, mentoring

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JHU, UMD researchers are getting a really big Big Data center

July 8, 2015
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From Technical.ly Baltimore: A nondescript, 3,700-square-foot building on Johns Hopkins’ Bayview campus will house a new data storage and computing center for university researchers. The $30 million Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center (MARCC) will be available to faculty from JHU and the University of Maryland, College Park. The web site has a pretty cool time-lapse video of the construction of the

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JHU, UMD researchers are getting a really big Big Data center

July 8, 2015
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From Technical.ly Baltimore: A nondescript, 3,700-square-foot building on Johns Hopkins’ Bayview campus will house a new data storage and computing center for university researchers. The $30 million Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center (MARCC) will be available to faculty from JHU and the University of Maryland, College Park. The web site has a pretty cool time-lapse video of the construction of the

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The Massive Future of Statistics Education

July 3, 2015
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NOTE: This post was written as a chapter for the not-yet-released Handbook on Statistics Education.  Data are eating the world, but our collective ability to analyze data is going on a starvation diet. Everywhere you turn, data are being generated somehow. By the time you read this piece, you’ll probably have collected some data. (For

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Looks like this R thing might be for real

July 2, 2015
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Not sure how I missed this, but the Linux Foundation just announced the R Consortium for supporting the "world’s most popular language for analytics and data science and support the rapid growth of the R user community". From the Linux Foundation: The R language is used by statisticians, analysts and data scientists to unlock value

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How Airbnb built a data science team

July 1, 2015
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From Venturebeat: Back then we knew so little about the business that any insight was groundbreaking; data infrastructure was fast, stable, and real-time (I was querying our production MySQL database); the company was so small that everyone was in the loop about every decision; and the data team (me) was aligned around a singular set

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Interview at Leanpub

June 17, 2015
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A few weeks ago I sat down with Len Epp over at Leanpub to talk about my recently published book R Programming for Data Science. So far, I've only published one book through Leanpub but I'm a huge fan. They've developed a system that is, in my opinion, perfect for academic publishing. The book's written

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Interview with Class Central

June 4, 2015
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Recently I sat down with Class Central to do an interview about the Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization. We talked about the motivation for designing the sequence and and the capstone project. With the demand for data science skills greater than ever, the importance of the specialization is only increasing. See the full interview at

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