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Wondering How To Think About Data Science

I just got back from a workshop meeting called Digital Transformation of Decision Analysis. This was a workshop organized by Eyas Raddad, David Matheson, and John-Mark Agosta. It was sponsored by The Society of Decision Professionals and Microsoft. Microsoft generously hosted at their new Experience Center at the Microsoft Silicon […]

Working in CRAN’s World

Part of the deal of having a package up on CRAN is: at any time one may be sent an automated email like the following. Dear maintainer, Please see the problems shown on URL. Please correct before TODAY+14DAYS to safely retain your package on CRAN. The CRAN Team If this […]

How to Re-Map Many Columns in a Database

Introduction A surprisingly tricky problem in doing data science or analytics in the database are situations where one has to re-map a large number of columns. This occurs, for example, in the vtreat data preparation system. In the vtreat case, a large number of the variable encodings reduce to table-lookup […]

Exploring the XI Correlation Coefficient

Nina Zumel Recently, we’ve been reading about a new correlation coefficient, \(\xi\) (“xi”), which was introduced by Professor Sourav Chatterjee in his paper, “A New Coefficient of Correlation”. The \(\xi\) coefficient has the following properties: If \(y\) is a function of \(x\), then \(\xi\) goes to 1 asymptotically as \(n\) […]

My opinion on “5” == 5

Every programmer should have an opinion on what the outcomes of the expressions like “5” == 5 should be, and perhaps even a guess as to what the answer is in their most familiar programming language. In my opinion SQL gets it right. For example, we get the following in […]