Three must-listen podcasts for data scientists

There is a podcast out there for everyone, and in some cases, many. I have discovered that there are more than a few podcasts written by and for people like me — unashamed data nerds. Here are my favorites. Data Skeptic Data Skeptic is one of the most popular podcasts Continue reading Three must-listen podcasts for data scientists

Book review of Weapons of Math Destruction

As budding data scientists and analytic professionals, we’ve immersed ourselves in the IAA curriculum to develop both our technical and soft skills. We’ve learned that conducting analytics is meaningless without some way to gain insights or inform decisions. In practice, analytics requires a blend of understanding the technical underpinnings and Continue reading Book review of Weapons of Math Destruction

How to Start Programming: Automating a Cover Letter

Solving the simple problems can be the most fun When starting my first job for Bloomberg LP in September 2015, I had to undergo 2 weeks of training on the Bloomberg Terminal, finance, and the internal systems of  the company. I learned about the people, the job and, most notably, Continue reading How to Start Programming: Automating a Cover Letter

Applying to MSA program

The Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) at NC State is one of the country’s most elite graduate data science programs. If you’re skeptical, check out the MSA’s job placement ratings and the accompanying salaries. Being one of the premier data science institutions, the competition to get into the program Continue reading Applying to MSA program

Using Neural Network to Detect Hate Speech

This article was originally posted to LinkedIn by Amy Hemmeter and Kirsty Ward. We have included it in Data Column to show an example of the kinds of outside collaborative projects that students complete. At the beginning of the year, we realized that we shared an interest in text analytics, Continue reading Using Neural Network to Detect Hate Speech

Women in Analytics Panel and Launching the MSA Book Club

Six women in analytics and technology shared their experiences and advice for navigating the workplace for women and men. Pictured from left to right: Sarah Glova Marina Burke Marina Akushevich Sneha Raghavan (moderator) Hiwot Tesfaye Salma Ibrahim Oct 19, the Institute for Advanced Analytics held a Women in Analytics Panel. We Continue reading Women in Analytics Panel and Launching the MSA Book Club

Rules of Engagement: Etiquette Dinner

The Blue and Orange cohorts came together for an etiquette session with the dynamic business expert, Mary Crane. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect – would we be talking about manners, like not putting elbows on the table? And how would this lecture apply to the work we were Continue reading Rules of Engagement: Etiquette Dinner

Presentation Lessons from Summer Practicum

The bottom line? Effective presenting takes a lot of work! On July 25th and 26th, the Blue and Orange cohorts presented the fruits of their three-week summer practicum projects. At the end of their twenty-minute presentation, each group received comments on their performance. While listening to the other teams’ feedback Continue reading Presentation Lessons from Summer Practicum

Analytics Meetup Groups

Each class in the MSA program has less than a year to both master analytics and pursue our ideal job, so I want to get involved with as many diverse analytics-oriented events as possible. Overall, I’m enthusiastic about the value of several local meetups to broaden my experience with analytics. Continue reading Analytics Meetup Groups

Presentation Slides: Why you should use icons

“An icon is worth a thousand of words.” Well, this statement may be a bit of an exaggeration. However, icons in presentation slides can communicate in a much better way than using words in terms of the quantity of information and richness of style. As analytics professionals, one important job Continue reading Presentation Slides: Why you should use icons

INFORMS

For three full days, five students immersed ourselves in analytics at the Informs Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research (OR). We were given the opportunity to sit in on multiple talks covering a wide variety of topics while also networking with industry specialists. The conference, this year held in Orlando, Continue reading INFORMS

Blood Sugar Analysis App

The ability for organizations to data mine and address a wide range of business problems across many industries is a huge asset in terms of ROI. What about big data and analytics helping not only the bottom line but also the general public? What about all the data that envelops Continue reading Blood Sugar Analysis App