Blog: Data Science Insights

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 | Entrepreneur

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?

BIDS Docker Workshop Overview and Lessons Learned

/ January 11, 2016

A big thank you to Titus Brown, associate professor of population health and reproduction at UC Davis, for hosting a two-day Docker Workshop at BIDS. Below is a write-up of the event as well as Titus's takeaways from the workshop.

Recap: Workshop on the Future of Open Science and Publishing

Justin Kitzes / December 14, 2015

On November 2, we hosted a workshop at BIDS to discuss the future of open science and publishing. Our goal was to explore how increasing calls for openness are likely to affect the landscape of academic research and scholarly communication in the coming decades. The workshop kicked off in the morning with a panel discussion in the Banatao Auditorium on Berkeley campus. Our five invited panelists each presented their organization's current initiatives and future visions surrounding open scholarship.

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.

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