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Effective Machine Learning Needs Leadership — Not AI Hype
 Originally published in BigThink, Feb 12, 2024.  Excerpted from The...
Today’s AI Won’t Radically Transform Society, But It’s Already Reshaping Business
 Originally published in Fast Company, Jan 5, 2024. Eric...
A University Curriculum Supplement to Teach a Business Framework for ML Deployment
    In 2023, as a visiting analytics professor...
The AI Playbook: Providing Important Reminders to Data Professionals
 Originally published in DATAVERSITY. This article reviews the new...

Predictive Analytics

Task-Oriented Conversational AI in Airbnb Customer Support

 How Airbnb is powering automated support to enhance the host and guest experience. Customer Support (CS) can make or break a guest’s travel experience. To support Airbnb’s community of guests and Hosts, we have been investing heavily in developing intelligent CS solutions leveraging state-of-the-art natural language processing (NLP), machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI)

Predicting Gene Expression With AI

 Originally published in DeepMind, Oct 4, 2021. Based on Transformers, our new Enformer architecture advances genetic research by improving the ability to predict how DNA sequence influences gene expression. When the Human Genome Project succeeded in mapping the DNA...

The Missing Analytics Executive

 Originally published in Benn.Substack, Nov 19, 2021. There’s a treadmill at the mountain top. Among the data leaders I know, many of their stories are the same. After rising up the ranks of their organizations, from junior...

Predicting Long-Term User Engagement from Short-Term Behavior

 Originally published in Insight, Nov 17, 2021. User engagement is one of many crucial elements to study and understand deeply for both well-established companies and nascent startups throughout the development of a product. A product’s health can...

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese Province Targets Journalists, Foreign Students with Planned New Surveillance System

 Originally published in Reuters, Nov 29, 2021.   Security officials in one of China’s largest provinces have commissioned a surveillance system they say they want to use to track journalists and international students among other “suspicious people”, documents...

What Percentage of Your Machine Learning Models Have Been Deployed?

  Do your models usually get deployed? Or are many of even your best models never actually launched into production? We want to know: What Percentage of Your Machine Learning Models Have Been Deployed? Industry buzz indicates...

Video – Credit Models, Microfinance, and Improving the Lives of Families in the Developing World

 Event: Machine Learning Week 2021 Keynote: Credit Models, Microfinance, and Improving the Lives of Families in the Developing World Speaker:  Aric LaBarr, Associate Professor of Analytics, Institute for Advanced Analytics at NC State University Bio:  A Teaching Associate Professor in the Institute...

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Postman’s Data Team Works

 Originally published in Entrepreneur’s Handbook, Oct 7, 2021 How Postman’s data team set up better onboarding, infrastructure, and processes while growing 4–5x in one year. Postman is no stranger to scale. What started out as a side project...

Five Points for Anger, One for a ‘Like’: How Facebook’s Formula Fostered Rage and Misinformation

 Originally published in The Washington Post, Oct 26, 2021.   Facebook engineers gave extra value to emoji reactions, including ‘angry,’ pushing more emotional and provocative content into users’ news feeds. Five years ago, Facebook gave its users five...

Video – Identifying Program Effectiveness for Survivors of Human Trafficking from Muneeb Alam of QuantumBlack

 Event: Machine Learning Week 2021 Keynote: Identifying Program Effectiveness for Survivors of Human Trafficking and Slavery Speaker: Muneeb Alam, Specialist, Data Science, QuantumBlack, a McKinsey company Bio:  Muneeb Alam is a data science specialist at QuantumBlack, a McKinsey Company. He...

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