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Worry Over Columns, not Rows

I say: if you are a data scientist or working on an analytics project, worry over columns not rows. In analytics “rows” are instances, and “columns” are possible measurements. For example: each click on a website might generate a row recording the visit, and this row would be populated with […]

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 […]

The Data Scientist as The Bus Driver

Let’s please stop saying somebody isn’t a data scientist if they haven’t memorized the innards of one obscure machine learning algorithm, or blow the right smoke during an interoo (“Kangaroo interview”, thanks Jim Ruppert for this term!). Let us, instead, think of the data scientist as the bus driver. It […]

Bounding Excess Generalization Error

I am sharing a new free video where I work through a great common argument that bounds expected excess generalization error as a ratio of model complexity (in rows) over training set size (again in rows), independent of problem dimension. (link) For more of my notes on support vector machines […]