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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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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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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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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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The Real Lesson for Data Science That is Demonstrated by Palantir’s Struggles

May 11, 2016
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The Real Lesson for Data Science That is Demonstrated by Palantir’s Struggles

Buzzfeed recently published a long article on the struggles of the secretive data science company, Palantir. Over the last 13 months, at least three top-tier corporate clients have walked away, including Coca-Cola, American Express, and Nasdaq, acc...

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A means not an end – building a social media presence as a junior scientist

May 10, 2016
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Editor’s note - This is a chapter from my book How to be a modern scientist where I talk about some of the tools and techniques that scientists have available to them now that they didn’t before. 50% of all royalties from the book go to support Dat...

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Time Series Analysis in Biomedical Science – What You Really Need to Know

May 5, 2016
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Time Series Analysis in Biomedical Science – What You Really Need to Know

For a few years now I have given a guest lecture on time series analysis in our School’s Environmental Epidemiology course. The basic thrust of this lecture is that you should generally ignore what you read about time series modeling, either in paper...

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Not So Standard Deviations Episode 15 – Spinning Up Logistics

May 4, 2016
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This is Hilary’s and my last New York-Baltimore episode! In future episodes, Hilary will be broadcasting from California. In this episode we discuss collaboration tools and workflow management for data science projects. To date, I have not found a pr...

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An update on Georgia Tech’s MOOC-based CS degree

April 27, 2016
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This article in Inside Higher Ed discusses next steps for Georgia Tech’s ground-breaking low-cost CS degree based on MOOCs run by Udacity. With Sebastian Thrun stepping down as CEO at Udacity, it seems both Georgia Tech and Udacity might be moving in...

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