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Ultimate AI battle – Apple vs. Google

June 14, 2016
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Ultimate AI battle – Apple vs. Google

Yesterday, Apple launched its Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) and had its public keynote address. While many new things were announced, the one thing that caught my eye was the dramatic expansion of Apple’s use of artificial intelligence (A...

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Good list of good books

June 13, 2016
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The MultiThreaded blog over at Stitch Fix (hat tip to Hilary Parker) has posted a really nice list of data science books (disclosure: one of my books is on the list). We’ve queried our data science team for some of their favorite data science boo...

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Not So Standard Deviations Episode 17 – Diurnal High Variance

June 9, 2016
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Hilary and I talk about Amazon Echo and Alexa as AI as a service, the COMPAS algorithm, criminal justice forecasts, and whether algorithms can introduce or remove bias (or both). If you have questions you’d like us to answer, you can send them to ns...

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Defining success – Four secrets of a successful data science experiment

June 3, 2016
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Editor’s note: This post is excerpted from the book Executive Data Science: A Guide to Training and Managing the Best Data Scientists, written by myself, Brian Caffo, and Jeff Leek. This particular section was written by Brian Caffo. Defining succes...

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Sometimes the biggest challenge is applying what we already know

May 31, 2016
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There’s definitely a need to innovate and develop new treatments in the area of asthma, but it’s easy to underestimate the barriers to just doing what we already know, such as making sure that people are following existing, well-established guideli...

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Sometimes there’s friction for a reason

May 24, 2016
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Thinking about my post on Theranos yesterday it occurred to me that one thing that’s great about all of the innovation and technology coming out of places like Silicon Valley is the tremendous reduction of friction in our lives. With Uber it’s much...

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Not So Standard Deviations Episode 16 – The Silicon Valley Episode

May 23, 2016
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Roger and Hilary are back, with Hilary broadcasting from the west coast. Hilary and Roger discuss the possibility of scaling data analysis and how that may or may not work for companies like Palantir. Also, the latest on Theranos and the release of dat...

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Update On Theranos

May 23, 2016
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I think it’s fair to say that things for Theranos, the Silicon Valley blood testing company, are not looking up. From the Wall Street Journal (via The Verge): Theranos has voided two years of results from its Edison blood-testing machines, issuin...

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What is software engineering for data science?

May 18, 2016
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Editor’s note: This post is a chapter from the book Executive Data Science: A Guide to Training and Managing the Best Data Scientists, written by myself, Brian Caffo, and Jeff Leek. Software is the generalization of a specific aspect of a data analy...

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Disseminating reproducible research is fundamentally a language and communication problem

May 13, 2016
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Just about 10 years ago, I wrote my first of many articles about the importance of reproducible research. Since that article, one of the points I’ve made is that the key issue to resolve was one of tools and infrastructure. At the time, many people w...

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