Emily's Data Blog

Iterative Improvements

One takeaway that I really gained first-hand from working on my most recent project is the concept of iterative improvements. In the past, I have always seen iterative software development as a barrier to accomplishment, because I struggled to consider work ‘finished’ until it was packaged in a convenient, ready-to-go takeaway. Palantir’s guiding principle states it nicely by quoting Frederick P. Brooks, ‘Successful software always gets changed.’ Iteration is not a symbol of incomplete or poorly constructed code, but rather indicative of a paradigm of constant improvement.

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Playlistr

Today’s post is very important to me, because I’ll be talking about Playlistr, my application for creating playlists based off of a given artistic sound. This project is my final data science “passion project” for Metis, but hopefully just one of the first of many data science investigations throughout my career. The past three months have been some of the most challenging, rewarding and knowledge-filled of my life. But beyond that, I feel incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to hone my data science skills in an environment surrounded by peers of extremely high caliber who are equally passionate about their projects as I was about mine.

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Modeling Refugee Crises

Over the past three weeks here at Metis, we’ve completed another machine learning project. The structure of this project was intended to expose us to classification algorithms, MySQL, and Amazon AWS. Although the project was first presented as a group project, we had the option to diverge into individual projects using the same dataset.

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Film Sales in International Markets

The past two weeks have flown by. This Friday I finished a project regarding the percentage of the foreign gross total of a film that comes from Hungary. Although Hungary is a small country, I made the assumption that the foreign distribution of films has a long tail. The motivation of this project was to use machine learning to determine which countries would be the best smaller countries to distribute a film in to maximize foreign gross.

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Week One Roundup

The first week of Metis Cohort 6 has come to a close! We’ve done so much in so little time, mainly starting (and finishing) Project Benson. The task was to use MTA turnstile data, along with other data sources, to make recommendations to a fictional nonprofit supporting women in technology on where to place its street teams. The purpose of the outreach was both financial and awareness-raising, so we had to think creatively about what to emphasize and the approach to take.

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Hi there, I'm Emily.

I’m a data scientist with interests ranging from social networks to biostatistics to data science for social good. I am fascinated by the possibility to solve real-world problems at the intersection of coding, statistics, and mathematical modeling. This is the beginning of my journey documenting that experience.

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