Introduction A common question in analytics, statistics, and data science projects is: how much data do you need? This question actually has very specific and clear answers! A first good answer is “it is good to have a lot.” Let’s dig deeper and get some additional more detailed quantitative answers. […]

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Introduction The goal of this note is to try and characterize excess generalization error: how much worse your model works in production versus how well it appeared to work during training. The clarifying point is excess generalization error (also called overfit) isn’t so much the model performing unexpectedly poorly on […]

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Introduction I want to spend some time thinking out loud about linear regression. As a data science consultant and teacher I spend a lot of time using linear regression and teaching linear regression. I have found each of these pursuits can degenerate into mere doctrine or instructions. “do this,” “expect […]

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I am sharing a new short data science video: Parameterized Juypter Notebooks. It is an example from the wvpy package showing how to programmatically re-run the same notebook with many different inputs. If you are doing data science in Python, this may help you with your projects. link

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I am sharing yet another data transform tutorial here! It is about coordinatized data, the larger theory encompassing pivot and un-pivot. The example is in Python, but we also supply a similar package for R users.

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I am excited to share my guest lecture for Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois STAT 447: Data Science Programming Methods. And thank you to Dirk Eddelbuettel for inviting me! The talk was titled “Data Science: Street Fighting Statistics” and demonstrates two simple supervised modeling tasks in R. […]

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A central data science engineering problem is how to organize general data into columns for analysis. I often refer to this as denormalization, or the deliberate arranging of data so all entries of a record are in a single row in a single table. In this note I will write […]

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We have had some trouble with some articles being damaged or hard to access in the Win Vector blog. I (John Mount) do want to apologize for that. In particular the graphs are missing for Dr. Nina Zumel’s wonderful y-aware Pricipal Components regression series. The complete R .md and .Rmd […]

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I would like to share what I have found to be a very effective personal Jupyter workflow for data science development. DALL-E “An Effective Personal Jupyter Data Science Workflow” Jupyter (nee IPython) workbooks are JSON documents that allow a data scientist to mix: code, markdown, results, images, and graphs. They […]

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I (John Mount) am recommending a book that I just started reading. The publisher Manning recently reached out to me and asked if I would accept a free copy of Effective Data Science Infrastructure by Ville Tuulos in exchange for considering helping to promote it. No obligation to promote it, […]

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