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52 - Expense Reporting Masterpiece

Hilary and Roger welcome the new year by discussing Excel (again), why talking to people who generate data matters, meditation and neuroscience, and trust vs. quality in data analysis. Show notes: Python in Excel: Talk to the people who made the data: Rules for Rulers:...

Duration: 01:08:05

51 - A Beehive of Excel Devotees

An end-of-year episode chock full of topics! Roger and Hilary discuss using Excel, detecting serial killers, counting hurricane-related deaths, and whether it's possible to evaluate a data analysis without knowing who the author is. If you are a Spotify user, you can now listen to the podcast on Spotify! Just use the search function and subscribe to Not So Standard Deviations in the app. Show notes: The serial killer detector:...

Duration: 01:19:01

50 - Existential Crisis Narrowly Averted

Hilary and Roger revisit GANs and discuss what makes for a good data analysis. Show notes: NYT Article on software problem: Callisto: Universal Paperclips: Workshop Cafe: Support us through our Patreon page: Roger on Twitter:...

Duration: 01:10:40

49 - Baltimore is the Home of Cloud Computing

Hilary and Roger discuss when to hire a data scientist, the Kaggle State of Data Science and Machine Learning Survey, and the lack of tools for tracking changes to data. Show notes: Stickers at Sonos: John Carmack on git: Linear Digressions episode on “Data Lineage”: Kaggle State of Data Science Survey:...

Duration: 01:11:40

48 - Peak Salesperson Mode

Roger went to the rOpenSci Oz Unconference and Hilary led a design sprint. Show notes: rOpenSci OzUnconf 2017: Summary of OzUnconf by Nick Tierney: How do you convince people to use R? Support us through our Patreon page: Roger on Twitter: Hilary on Twitter:...

Duration: 00:59:20

47 - This is Episode 47

Hilary and Roger discuss listener names, facial recognition, coding boot camps, wildfires in California, edge computing, and AR measuring apps. Plus, more on stickers! Show notes: Biometric Menagerie: Coding boot camps closing down: Sudoku Solver: ...

Duration: 01:09:54

46 - Uncanny Valley of Stickerness

Hilary and Roger continue their late night contemplations about stickers, collecting new data for training machine learning algorithms, and paying for open (and closed) source software. Show notes: Sticker madness: Sticker on phone: Apple trains Face ID with separate study of faces (Tech Crunch): ...

Duration: 01:11:11

45 - Analogy Corner After Dark

Hilary and Roger have a late-night discussion about JupyterCon, data analysis and decisions, and other deeper topics. Show Notes: JupyterCon: Financial stability monitor: Catistician: Tyranny of Structurelessness: Data Alone Isn’t Ground Truth (by Angela Bassa): ...

Duration: 01:04:42

44 - She Won the Battle

Hilary and Roger continue the discussion about whether good data analysis can lead to bad outcomes, talk about private cloud servers, and discuss whether data represent ground truth. Show Notes: Movies on tape: Private cloud server: Support us through our Patreon page: Roger on Twitter: Hilary on Twitter: Get...

Duration: 00:55:01

28 - Writing is a Lot Harder Than Just Talking

Hilary and Roger talk about building data science products that provide a good user experience while adhering to some kind of ground truth, whether it’s in medicine, education, news, or elsewhere. Also Gilmore Girls. Show Notes: HIll’s criteria for causation: O’Reilly Bots Podcast: NHTSA’s Federal Automated Vehicles Policy: Support us...

Duration: 01:00:51

43 - Analogy Corner

Hilary and Roger talk about teaching R in the era of the tidyverse, joyplots, follow up on explainable AI, writing versus data analysis, and Google Music playlists. They also take some reader questions and Hilary has an amazing app idea. Lastly, Roger has a special announcement. Show Notes: Joyplots: Stripe slide deck on explainable AI:...

Duration: 01:08:01

Episode 42 - One Piece PJs

Hilary and Roger discuss the paradigm-shifting Echo Show, whether we need explainable AI or not, and how lessons from DevOps could be useful in analysis development. Show notes: Peter Norvig on explainable AI: Wired article about Google's Site Reliability Engineering: Support us through our Patreon page:...

Duration: 01:02:18

Episode 41 - Good to Two Decimal Places

This episode heralds the return of CEO Hilary. Also, Hilary and Roger discuss cybersecurity in the cloud, Theranos, residual variation in data analyses, and Airbnb’s Data University. Show notes: P-hacking or not? Theranos equipment sold on startup liquidators: Trump signs cybersecurity executive order: Airbnb is running...

Duration: 00:56:16

Episode 40 - It’s the CDs All Over Again

Hilary and Roger talk about the EARL conference, a data science tri-lemma, data science ethics, and Hilary’s CD collection. Show notes: P-hacking conversation: Wrangle Conf: Gabe Becker’s EARL talk: Thomas Vaugh Shiny UI: Business Science: tidyquant:...

Duration: 01:02:55

Episode 39 - We Listen to Our Data Team

Roger and Hilary discuss the meaning of “data driven”, the value of Cloud Computing (again), and algorithmic transparency. Show notes: Artificial Intelligence Owes You an Explanation: When artificial intelligence botches your medical diagnosis, who’s to blame? Weapons of Math...

Duration: 01:05:36

Episode 38 - Banging on the Piano

Hilary and Roger revisit the desktop vs. cloud discussion, Hilary recaps csvconf, and Roger discusses the aesthetics of data analysis. Show Notes: Verena Haunschmid’s desktop: Roger’s desktop vs. cloud poll: Remake package: Episode 29 interview with Chief Data Officer of the Department of Transportation:...

Duration: 00:59:03

Episode 37 - It's a Seller's Market

Hilary and Roger talk about the EPA taking down data (or not?), whether statisticians are paternalistic, and how to evaluate machine learning consumer products. Show Notes: Mosh: the mobile shell - Statisticians are paternalistic Twitter thread: David Robinson post on story arcs: fst package by Mark Klik: YouTube channel Amy Codes:...

Duration: 01:10:26

Episode 36 - Ripped From the Headlines

Hilary and Roger discuss Trump using an iPhone and implications for analyzing his tweets, computing setups for data science, and building simple versus complex tool chains to rely on. And the return of free advertising! Show notes: Trump is using an iPhone now: Snap S-1 Registration Statement: NSSD Episode 35 with Sean...

Duration: 01:01:14

Episode 35 - Special Guest Sean Taylor

Hilary and Roger talk with Sean Taylor of Facebook about his new software package prophet, how to make tools usable and re-usable, and of course, Excel. Show notes: Sean Taylor The Statistics Software Signal: Automatic statistician Roger on Twitter: Hilary on Twitter: Support us through our Patreon...

Duration: 01:01:42

Episode 34 - F Dist

Hilary and Roger discuss Stitch Fix’s massive Algorithms Tour, reproducibility from a physical scientist perspective, and interpretability in machine learning. Show notes F this: Interpretability is the new reproducibility: NSF Workshop on Systematic Approach to Robustness, Reliability, and Reproducibility in Scientific Research:...

Duration: 00:58:01

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