For more from this writer, Stephen Chen, see his session, “The Perils of Prediction” at PAW Business, June 19, 2019, in Las Vegas, part of Mega-PAW. The burgeoning field of Data Science / Machine Learning borrows heavily from Statistics but bastardizes it. For example, “dummy variable” becomes “one-hot encoding”, “independent variables” become “features”. This shift in nomenclature results in a loss of methodological meaning that was inherent in the original names; for instance, a casual Google search on the “auto-mpg” dataset will throw out many how-to pages, almost all of which treat the variables as “features”
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