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Uncle Sam Wants Your Deep Neural Networks

   Originally published in NYTimes, June 22, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO — The Department of Homeland Security is turning to data scientists to improve screening techniques at airports. On Thursday, the department, working with Google, introduced a $1.5 million contest to build computer algorithms that can automatically identify concealed items in images captured by checkpoint body scanners. The government is putting

Uplift Modeling: Making Predictive Models Actionable

 Predictive models typically estimate the likelihood of future events, such as whether it will rain tomorrow or which customers are most likely to “churn” by cancelling their phone contract.  In the case of the weather, we do...

Book Review: Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil

 Originally published in Analytics Magazine Book: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil (Crown, September 2016) Book review bottom line: Definitely go read this book, despite the fact that...

Employee Life Time Value and Cost Modeling – Part 2

 The Employee Cost Curve It is simple enough to document the hard costs that make up the initial stages of employee life-cycle. This section will walk through the major cost areas, but the specifics will depend on...

Data Scientist – Best Job in America, Again

 By Gregory Piatetsky, KDnuggets Originally published in KDnuggets The popular job site Glassdoor published a list of 50 Best Jobs in America, and Data Scientist is again the no. 1 job in USA, with Job score 4.8...

Election Analytics Falacies: “Moneyball” Doesn’t Always Win

 Originally published in CivicHall.org For the past week or so, an article titled “The Data That Turned the World Upside Down” has been following me around like a bad headcold. The article tells a compelling “whodunit” story...

Wise Practitioner – Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Frédérick Guillot at The Co-operators General Insurance Company

 In anticipation of his upcoming conference presentation, Defining Optimal Segmentation Territories – 10 Years of Research at Predictive Analytics World San Francisco, May 14-18, 2017, we asked Frédérick Guillot, Senior Manager, Research and Innovation at The Co-operators...

Wise Practitioner – Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Michael Berry of TripAdvisor Hotel Solutions

 In anticipation of his upcoming keynote co-presentation, Picking the Right Modeling Technique for the Problem, at Predictive Analytics World London, October 12-13, 2016, we asked Michael Berry, Analytics Director at TripAdvisor Hotel Solutions, a few questions about...

Wise Practitioner – Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Frank Fiorille at Paychex, Inc.

 In anticipation of his upcoming conference presentation, Risk Management Algorithms – Paving the Way to Value Creation at Predictive Analytics World Financial in New York City, October 23-27, 2016, we asked Frank Fiorille, Sr. Director of Risk...

The Real Reason the NSA Wants Your Data: Predictive Law Enforcement

 The NSA can leverage bulk data collection with predictive analytics to target law enforcement activities. But this little-known capability both intensifies and redefines the debate over how much data governments should be collecting. About this article. This...

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