We're all living in a simulation. Or so the argument goes. Lots of people, not least Elon Musk, make this argument or something like it: Technology increases over time. Eventually, the technology to create a simulation as complex as our world will exist. Therefore life-like simulations are inevitable and more numerous than base realities. Ergo,… Continue reading The problems with the simulation argument
Minnesota state funding for its flagship university has plummeted nearly 50% as a fraction of the total budget, according to an analysis of budget documents from the University of Minnesota and the state of Minnesota. In 2009, University funding made up 4.28% of the state budget but in 2017 it made up only 2.39%, a… Continue reading The catastrophe in Minnesota higher education funding
$12.50 per semester. That's the stadium fee at the University of Minnesota that all students are forced to pay. TCF Bank Stadium was completed in 2009. As a student of the university at the time, the $300 million stadium was hard to swallow. Typical, I thought, of the greedy administrators to spend lavishly on athletics while… Continue reading Why do colleges have athletics programs?
It might have been Wisconsin's best kept secret. Eau Claire is a town of 65,000 people in Northwestern Wisconsin. It boasts lush greenery, riverfront bike paths, low crime, a low cost of living and a stable economic base. Recently, the secret has gotten out. The city has gotten buzz for its music festival and development… Continue reading A look at the Eau Claire buzz
Beware someone who says data can solve any problem. They're naive, malicious, or won't be around to deal with the aftermath. Of course, data can accomplish a lot. As a data scientist, my job depends on it. But if we're being honest, the limitations are becoming more and more obvious. As a community, data scientists have… Continue reading The limits of data
How will you plan your next vacation? Travel agents were once the method of choice for booking your next getaway. Now, online applications have allowed consumers to directly navigate complex purchase decisions like airline tickets. So travel agents are going the way of film projection operators, right? A surprising comeback After some difficult years, travel… Continue reading This job has a surprisingly rosy outlook
Sometimes the best things in life are free. Free public data sets about occupations and careers have amazing stories to tell. I spent several weeks doing research for a website called Careertrend.com using public data and assembled the data in a way that I've never seen before.
The data revolution is in full swing: data science practitioners are prospering and creating huge value for their companies. Despite this success, data science leaders across the industry are facing stress and difficult conditions. Data leaders must avoid these pitfalls to succeed and generate value for their organizations. Limited Experience Pitfall #1: Because the field… Continue reading 5 Pitfalls & Solutions for Today’s Data Leaders
In the third year of my PhD, I had a decision to make. Research, especially the academic kind, just wasn't working for me. I was getting results and publications, but knew that it could never be a lifelong career for me. Things moved slowly. I disliked the territorialism and being a master of abstractions, outside… Continue reading How I got into data science
Ever wonder if there is a "secret code" for resumes, some key words that will actually make you stand out? It turns out there are indeed some very characteristic differences between experienced and novice resumes. Gathering Resume Data Resumes from an indeed.com resume search were used to analyze the differences between experienced and inexperienced resumes. For maximum… Continue reading Analyzing resumes with data science