This is a very quick and informative video about data science. What is data science? What makes a good data scientist?
DJ Patil does an excellent job answering both those questions.
Here are his answers for what makes a good data scientist:
- Story Telling
Jeff Hammerbacher, founder and Chief Scientist of Cloudera, gives a nice talk about data science. He explains what he has done in the past, and what he plans to do in the future.
It is the second video, I have posted recently, emphasizing the importance of data science for more than just advertising. Jeff is getting involved in a Medical School to see how data can help.
Note: The video is about 45 minutes, but it contains some really good information.
The 2012 edition of Hadoop World and Strata Conference is underway. The conference is in New York City and if you are not lucky enough to attend, then at least you can watch the live video feed.
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Alasdair Allan gives a very entertaining talk. I love what he did with his hotel room lock, or rather what he “absolutely not under any circumstances …” did with his hotel room lock.
Jake Porway of DataKind gives another entertaining talk. This one is more of a Superhero story. Just watch the video, and it will make sense.
This video was different than I expected. I expected to hear how the National Football League (NFL) is using player statistics for better player acquisition and fantasy football. However, the talk was about the NFL business model. The business model of the NFL focuses on filling stadiums. Thus the NFL starting collecting data about why fans prefer to watch games at home and what do fans really want from an NFL game. The NFL now generates numerous reports to help each individual team maximize the in-stadium experience.
Here are some of my thoughts on the talk.
- The NFL maybe needs to invest in a data visualization expert
- The NFL maybe needs to rethink the business model
This is a nice video discussing some good ideas when training data scientists. It does have an academic perspective.
Video: Big Data Summit – Training data scientists – 11 Jul 2012 – Computing News.
Thomas Thurston put together a very nice video about data science, its uses, and the possible impacts.
Data Science – Beyond Intuition from Thomas Thurston on Vimeo.
Daphne Koller of Coursera gives a very intriguing TedTalk. She even throws out some good data. The machine learning class would have to be taught on-campus for 250 years to reach the same amount of students enrolled in the online class last fall. Here are some other impressive numbers.
- 640,000 students
- 190 countries
- 1.5 million enrollments
- 6 million quizzes
- 14 million videos viewed
Those are some impressive numbers. Daphne also provided the following quote.
In many of our [online] courses, the median response time for a question on the question and answer forum was 22 minutes — which is not a level of service I have ever offered to my Stanford students.
Watch the video below. What coursera is doing is completely fascinating. In the second half of the video, she shows some examples of how Coursera is using data to improve education.