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Focusing Illusion

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“Nothing In Life Is As Important As You Think It Is, While You Are Thinking About It”   Education is an important determinant of income — one of the most important — but it is less important than most people think. If everyone had the same education, the inequality of income would be reduced by […]

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Your Brain and The Concept of Desirable Difficulty

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The struggle and frustration you feel at the edges of your abilities— that uncomfortable burn of “almost, almost”— is the sensation of constructing new neural connections, a phenomenon that the UCLA psychologist Robert Bjork calls “desirable difficulty.” Your brain works just like your muscles: no pain, no gain. The concept is not new. In several […]

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Book: What Is Data Science?

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I just finished reading the book What is Data Science?. It is a small book (25 pages) and one of the many good starting points to learn about Data Science. This not a review but a few quotes from the book: According to Mike Driscoll(@dataspora), statistics is the “grammar of data science.” According to Martin […]

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Love The Motivation Behind This Book

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I really like this para – The Motivation Behind the Book Doing Data Science: The world is opening up with possibilities for people who are quantitatively minded and interested in putting their brains to work to solve the world’s problems. I consider it my goal to help these students to become critical thinkers, creative solvers […]

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BookLog: If Bayesian Inference is the Destination…

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From this free book – Bayesian Methods for Hackers Using Python and PyMC If Bayesian inference is the destination, then mathematical analysis is a particular path to towards it After some recent success of Bayesian methods in machine-learning competitions, I decided to investigate the subject again. Even with my mathematical background, it took me three straight-days of […]

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A Few Snippets From “Secrets of Analytical Leaders”

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From the book Secrets of Analytical Leaders Analytics have evolved a lot over the last 25 years. On the business need for Analytics A chief responsibility for any CEO in today’s business world is to build and to continually evolve the most effective strategy for mining and then leveraging the data that can make a difference within an […]

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From The Book: Open Data Now

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From the book – Open Data Now: In a series of studies led by Harvey Lewis, a research director in Deloitte’s Insight Team, the firm has identified five Open Data business “archetypes”: Suppliers publish their data as Open Data that can be easily used. While they don’t charge for the data—if they did, it wouldn’t be […]

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Data Science Salaries in 2013

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“Whether you call it Big Data, data science, or simply analytics, modern businesses see data as a gold mine.” This was in evidence in this salary survey results. From O’Reilly Data Science Survey ( a free ebook on registration): By a significant margin, more respondents used SQL than any other tool (71% of respondents, compared to 43% […]