Blog: Data Science Insights

With Data, Bigger Might Not Always Be Better

Jasmine Nirody / March 21, 2016

Every conversation I’ve heard about what it means to be a data scientist consists of tons of ideas but no consensus. While it seems like nobody can agree on the sufficient conditions for obtaining this illustrious title, a lot of people are vehement about a necessary one: being a data scientist means you work with big data.

Computational Thinking: I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

Lorena Barba / March 8, 2016

BIDS visiting scholar Lorena Barba posted a great blog post on computational thinking and was kindly willing to let us cross-post on our blog. Check it out below.

The Joy of Code Refactoring

Kyle Barbary / February 29, 2016

If you write software for your research, you have most likely had the experience of looking at your code and realizing it has become a tangled mess. Perhaps it has even gotten to the point where you, the original author, have a hard time remembering how all the pieces fit together. Don’t despair! This is perfectly natural in research software; it is just time to refactor.

Bringing Data Science Back to Statistics

Kellie Ottoboni / February 16, 2016

One of the sessions that I attended at the 2015 Moore-Sloan Data Science Environment Summit was titled "Isn't Statistics Part of Data Science?" It is a niggling question I often consider, especially given how few statisticians there are at BIDS. A group of about forty people from statistics, computer science, and applied domains convened to discuss differences in practice and culture that divide statistics from data science. I am an applied statistician and a fellow at BIDS straddling these two worlds. I find it difficult to identify the line dividing these roles.

Women Raise More Money with Crowdfunding, Research Shows

Laura K. Nelson / February 9, 2016

Women raise more money with crowdfunding than men do because of the words female founders tend to use, according to a study currently under peer review. _________ Women Raise More Money with Crowdfunding, Research Shows February 9, 2016 | Catherine Clifford | Fortune

What’s the Big Deal about Python?

Kunal Marwaha / February 8, 2016

In research and data analysis, a lot of work is routine and repetitive. This is the perfect place for automation: where we tell our computers to do things. How? We write instructions that computers understand—or “programming.”   Why Would I Learn Programming at All?

Looking at the Pain of Others (on Social Media)

Charlotte Cabasse / December 7, 2015

BIDS ethnographer Charlotte Cabasse-Mazel recently published a blog post for Platypus reflecting on "the complexity of witnessing from a distance, and engaging with, catastrophic events, disasters or, in this case, terrorist attacks [the November 2015 Paris attacks]" and discussing the concept of resilience from an STS perspective.