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Hadley Wickham explains data science for the perplexed

After teaching a full day of data science during NewsCamp on Thursday, Hadley Wickham on Friday morning presented a brief introduction to data science called “Data science for the perplexed. For everyone.”

Wickham is an Assistant Professor at Rice University and working for RStudio. He describes himself as a statistician by training, and tried to offer some insight into the buzzword that is “data science.” 

He first cited the unofficial and often used description: “a blend of red bull-fueled hacking and espresso-inspired statistics." He also referenced this often-used venn diagram.

Data science isn’t just about hacking with big data ...

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Data science, meet campaign finance

If you ever get the urge to feel a chill run down your spine, particularly if you're interested in political journalism, give Sasha Issenberg's new book The Victory Lab a good, close read.

Here's the headline: When it comes to using data to understand politics, journalists are playing checkers while political consultants are playing chess. Just listen to the debate that has surfaced in recent weeks around The New York Times' polling specialist, Nate Silver. The venerable Fourth Estate, whose job it is to hold the political system accountable, often lacks the skills to understand, let alone ...

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IRE, CIR launch campaign finance data mining challenge

If you're plugged into the tech scene these days -- or even, really, if you're not -- it's almost impossible to escape the exuberance surrounding the ad hoc field known as data science. A combination of math, data munging, visualization and computer programming, data science experts are among the most in-demand hires in the tech industry, responsible for everything from tuning search engines and analyzing billions of Facebook's social connections to programming self-driving cars.

A couple years ago, a New York data scientist named Drew Conway put together a Venn Diagram outlining the key skills that comprise the ...

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