State of Data This Year – 2011

 Last issue of the year is a revisit of 48 newsletters published in 2011. Happy Holidays! #2011_Books_on_data_and_else


 

  1. Checklist Manifesto – What works in ER should work in your project. Goes along the aphorism – ‘What can be measured, can be managed’. Very handy for complex projects like moving to new data center + tech stack refresh.
  2. *** Thinking, Fast and Slow – We float in data but decide by gut. How same data, but different representation could change the decision. e.g.,A vaccine would save 90% impacted vs. it would kill 10 – may produce different emotional outcome even though both inputs are logically analogous. Book of the year, perhaps of the decade by Nobel winning behavioral psychologist.
  3. Information – ‘The universe has so far done 10^120 “ops” to create roughly 10 ^90 bits of data’ is just one of many things one will learn.
  4. Think Stats – One of the best refreshers for wannabe Data Scientists.
  5. Race Against the Machines – Why ‘Big Data’ problems could all just go away on its own, and ‘optimization’ may become a lost art. Machines are taking over. Scary, thoughtful and with wonderful chessboard analogies. Best $2.99 to spend this holiday season!

#2011_movies_videos


  1. Moneyball – ‘Analytical, sabermetric approach to Baseball’, and entertaining.
  2. Joy of Stats – From the most entertaining statistician ever, perhaps.
  3. Sort Algorithms explained by Hungarian Folk Dancers
  4. Brilliant Machine Learning Demos
  5. How Negative reviews could improve sales

#2011_data_learning 


  1. FREE Classes from Stanford – Data & Others (go to bottom to see full list)
  2. VideoLectures – ‘selection in machine learning is particularly noteworthy. Look for the title “For those about to Machine Learn” halfway down the page. It takes you the “Machine Learning Summer School” a collection of tutorials by the leading authorities in the game’
  3. MIT OpenCourseWare – ‘In particular, look at this
  4. ‘Finally, MIT announced a new initiative that will begin Spring 2012 that provides students with self-paced instruction, laboratories, and an opportunity to earn a certificate of mastery.’
  5. Data Trivia Hunting – Quiz #1#2#3 from ‘Significance’

#2011_data_misc (compilation from past issues of 2011)


About Nilendu Misra
I love to learn, create and coach. Things that I do well are - Communicating ideas - verbally or through words and diagrams; Problem Solving - Logical or Abstract; Very Large Scale Systems; think about 'Frighteningly Simple' approach first. Things that I intend to do better are - Establishing Stringent Process; Exchanging Tough Feedback; Keeping up with my reading or To-Do list to be able to completely relax.

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