Person who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software engineering than any statistician.
I would say that definition is pretty good.
Given a choice between a “best guess” now, and a “marginally better” answer later, I’d take the best guess every time.
Many times, academic people focus a lot of attention on improving the accuracy of an algorithm, when the resulting solution is too slow for industrial purposes.
reference: TUMRA Blog
This is a great write-up that covers some of the very basics of social network analysis. Some of the topics are:
This is a great talk about how much clinical trial data is never published. It is a bit scary but definitely something people should be knowledgeable about.
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.
If you were not able to attend the Strata 2012 London conference, have no fear because the Strata 2012 London videos are available online. I believe all of the keynotes and some additional interviews are all available.
This is a great post by Chris Clark of Kaggle. It explains some of the primary differences among engineers and statisticians.
Both groups have something to learn from each other.