Hadley Wickham explains data science for the perplexed

After teaching a full day of data science during NewsCamp on Thursday, Hadley Wickham on Friday morning presented a brief introduction to data science called “Data science for the perplexed. For everyone.” Wickham is an Assistant Professor at Rice University and working for RStudio. He describes himself as a statistician by training, and tried to…

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Data science, meet campaign finance

If you ever get the urge to feel a chill run down your spine, particularly if you’re interested in political journalism, give Sasha Issenberg’s new book The Victory Lab a good, close read. Here’s the headline: When it comes to using data to understand politics, journalists are playing checkers while political consultants are playing chess. Just listen to…

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IRE, CIR launch campaign finance data mining challenge

If you’re plugged into the tech scene these days — or even, really, if you’re not — it’s almost impossible to escape the exuberance surrounding the ad hoc field known as data science. A combination of math, data munging, visualization and computer programming, data science experts are among the most in-demand hires in the tech…

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