The Complex World of Data Scientists and Black-Box Algorithms

Hilary Mason is a huge name in the data science space, and she has an extensive understanding of what’s happening in this space. Today, she answers these questions for us: What are the backgrounds of your typical data scientists? What are key differences between software engineering and data science that most companies get wrong? How should you measure the effectiveness of your work or your team’s work as a data scientist

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Deep Learning—A Powerful Tool, with a Name that Means Nothing

Tesla isn’t the only car brand in the world producing or aiming to produce self-driving cars. Every single car brand is working on developing self-driving cars. But what does this mean for our future? We talk about this and other interesting deep learning projects and history with Ran Levi, science and technology observer and podcaster, who explains in thought-provoking ways what we have to look forward to. Below is a

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When Song Lyrics and British Lit Meet Tidy Text

When Julia Silge’s personal interests meet her professional proficiencies, she discovers new meaning in Jane Austen’s literature, and she gauges the cultural influence of locations in pop songs. Even more impressive than these finds, though, is that she and her collaborator, Dave Robinson, have developed some new, efficient ways to mine text data. Check out the book they’ve written called Tidy Text Mining with R. Below is a partial transcript. For the full interview, listen

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How Data Is Eradicating Malaria in Zambia

According to the CDC, people have been writing descriptions of malaria—or a disease strikingly similar to it—for over 4,000 years. How is data helping Zambian officials eradicate these parasites? Tableau Foundation’s Neal Myrick opens the story to us. Below is a partial transcript. For the full interview, listen to the podcast episode by selecting the Play button above or by selecting this link or you can also listen to the podcast through Apple Podcasts, Google

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How Artificial Intelligence Might Change Your World

What does the creation of new artificial intelligence products look like today, and what do experts in this field foresee realistically happening in the near future? One thing’s for sure, the way we work and function in life will change as a result of growth in this field. Listen and find out more. Below is a partial transcript. For the full interview, listen to the podcast episode by selecting the Play

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Preventing a Honeybee Fallout

What would the world look like without honeybees? In theory, if there were no honeybees, it could drastically change our lives. Bjorn Lagerman, though, never wants to know the actual answer to that question. but the honeybees current worst foe, Varroa Destructor, is killing off honeybee hives at intense rates. Bjorn’s in the middle of a machine learning project to save the bees from the vampirish Varroa. Below is a

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When a Picture Is Worth a Life

What if you found out your infant had eye cancer? That news would rock anyone’s world. But what if you had a tool that helped you catch it early enough that your baby didn’t have to lose his or her eye and didn’t have to go through chemo? You’d probably do almost anything to get it. Bryan Shaw has dedicated his time to helping parents detect this cancer sooner so

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How Many Slaves Work for You?

If someone came up to you and randomly asked you, “How many slaves work for you?” maybe you’d think, “Slavery ended a long time ago, Bro.” Or maybe you would take the question seriously. With 20 million to 46 million people enslaved in the world, it is a serious question, and while we don’t see it daily, some of these enslaved people make things for us. Even if we’re judicious

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Predicting the Unpredictable

We now know black swans exist, but Europeans once believed that spying one of their kind would be like stumbling across a unicorn in the woods—impossible. Then, Willem de Vlamingh spotted black swans in Australia, and this black bird, which once represented the impossible to Europeans, shifted to represent the unpredictable. One company now dons the name “Black Swan.” Find out how it aims to predict what we currently consider to be unpredictable. Transcript Ginette: “Submerse yourself in early 1600s London

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The Golden Age of Data Science

How did one boy’s stuffed yellow elephant permanently intertwine itself in history? What is a data scientist? Why is right now the golden age for data science? We take a crack at all three of these questions—the second two, with the help of Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro and Ryan Henning. Transcript Ginette: “Over the past few years, we’ve seen these news flashes: “An article in Harvard Business Review in 2014, titled: Data Scientist:

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