Seatbelt Learning with Uncle Buck

I travel a great deal for my work. For instance, in the next two weeks alone, I’ll travel from Florida to Hong Kong for a week, then from Hong Kong to London for a week, and then from London back to Tampa – I’ll circumnavigate the globe for just two Data Science trips. I’m home…

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A Quick Start for Data Science

I’ve covered the Data Science Body of Knowledge here on this blog, and there’s quite a bit there to get started with. But if you’d like a “quicker” introduction to Data Science, I have you covered. You might want to see if you’re really interested, explain to your boss what Data Science is, or maybe you’re just…

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Simplifying (?) Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is a vastly complicated topic. It’s not just that it has a lot of components (because it does) it’s because it isn’t really a single topic. It’s a surprisingly old field of study that has morphed and changed over the years. I worked with “AI Systems” in the 1970’s – and even then it was based…

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What is the main difference between Business Intelligence and Data Science?

I’ve explained in other articles that Data Science is not a replacement for other data technologies, it’s a continuation of the data analytics process. So if Data Science is used in analytics of large sets of data, how does it differ from Business Intelligence (BI), which is also used to analyze large sets of data? Business…

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Learning on the Move

Probably the most interesting reactions I get (and that’s saying a lot) is when I tell people that I teach on a cruise. “A cruise? Like on a ship, or something? Like, a regular cruise?” Yes, I’ll reply, THAT kind of cruise. At first, people laugh, but then you can see the wheels turn and they ask for details…

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Hello Buck – I’d like to work at Microsoft

About once a week or so, after teaching a Data Science class or at an event, I’ll get asked “Hey – I’ve got a lot of experience and training in technology X – and I’d like to work at Microsoft. What do I do?” I was Germany the week I wrote this – teaching, and…

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Don’t learn to be a Data Scientist

It’s my custom to learn continuously – I keep a technical book, course, or class going at all times, and the latest I completed was a course called “Learning How to Learn” on Coursera. (highly recommended, by the way). The instructors covered an interesting topic in that course – that you should not focus on the result of…

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Is the Microsoft R Client a…client?

Microsoft has recently been on a tear introducing R into, well, everything. And now there are several R offerings – from Microsoft R Server and Microsoft R Open to R Services in SQL Server (2016) and now the Microsoft R Client. But is the Microsoft R Client a client? So it’s a command-line, or a GUI of some sort? No. I…

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The Five Minute* Guide to Machine Learning

 Plot twist: It’s Mr. Math under that Mask, Scooby Doo! OK, you really can’t learn all about Machine Learning in five minutes. Or five days. Or five weeks. It takes longer than that, but what I can show you in five minutes is what Machine Learning is about, a couple of important terms to understand, and what you can…

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Can Data Science Cure Creeping Determinism?

Hindsight, it is said, has 20/20 vision. We seem to be able to predict the past flawlessly – or can we? The answer is surprisingly “no”. “Creeping Determinism” is phrase from 1970’s psychology. It’s the effect of thinking that something was predictable, but only after it happens. We look back and say – “Ah –…

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