Category Archives: SmallThoughts

Logistic regression: moving from significant results to meaningful insight

Association studies are a favourite tool for geneticists to understand the genetics that determine our health. It is simply routine now to test every mutation amongst your patients for association with a given trait (for example BMI or breast cancer).

Logistic regression: moving from significant results to meaningful insight

Association studies are a favourite tool for geneticists to understand the genetics that determine our health. It is simply routine now to test every mutation amongst your patients for association with a given trait (for example BMI or breast cancer).

“data scientists are going to replace business analysts”

Here is an interesting question posed by Michael Stonebreaker: Now suppose that instead of hiring a business intelligence person you hired a data scientist instead. He will build a predictive model of what will sell. So ask yourself, would you

“data scientists are going to replace business analysts”

Here is an interesting question posed by Michael Stonebreaker: Now suppose that instead of hiring a business intelligence person you hired a data scientist instead. He will build a predictive model of what will sell. So ask yourself, would you

A quick sound bite on predictive analytics

Was reading this post, and this little quote jumped out: “I now know the probability of an outcome [and] what can be done to influence it in the direction that’s positive for me,’ whether that be preventing customer churn or

A quick sound bite on predictive analytics

Was reading this post, and this little quote jumped out: “I now know the probability of an outcome [and] what can be done to influence it in the direction that’s positive for me,’ whether that be preventing customer churn or

The stages of data science maturity

In theirĀ Field Guide to Data Science, Booz Allen Hamilton describe the various phases of data science maturity. I quite liked this picture: Booz Allen Hamilton, 2015, p. 35 There are other similar models which describe the progression from traditional business

The stages of data science maturity

In theirĀ Field Guide to Data Science, Booz Allen Hamilton describe the various phases of data science maturity. I quite liked this picture: Booz Allen Hamilton, 2015, p. 35 There are other similar models which describe the progression from traditional business

Thoughts on Kaggle Home Depot Interview

No original content here, but an interesting snapshot of ideas from the team that came third place in Kaggle’s Home Depot competition. Some thoughts on this: The team clearly put in a lot of effort to understand their data. Perhaps

Thoughts on Kaggle Home Depot Interview

No original content here, but an interesting snapshot of ideas from the team that came third place in Kaggle’s Home Depot competition. Some thoughts on this: The team clearly put in a lot of effort to understand their data. Perhaps

Statisticians are a gloomy bunch!

It’s a really exciting week this week, as we have ResBaz here in Dunedin! I didn’t know what I was signing up for, but it has been a great opportunity to meet a whole lot of really interesting people. I

Statisticians are a gloomy bunch!

It’s a really exciting week this week, as we have ResBaz here in Dunedin! I didn’t know what I was signing up for, but it has been a great opportunity to meet a whole lot of really interesting people. I

Machine Learning or Statistical Learning?

I want to continue on with my discussion and exploration on this topical debate: is data science / machine learning just a fancy name for statistics? It’s a really interesting discussion being held all around the world, and in particular

Machine Learning or Statistical Learning?

I want to continue on with my discussion and exploration on this topical debate: is data science / machine learning just a fancy name for statistics? It’s a really interesting discussion being held all around the world, and in particular