In a blog post recapping his bootcamp final project, Metis graduate Matt Ahlborg introduces the topic by writing: "In the decade since the Satoshi white paper was published, we can now say that the word Bitcoin has entered global consciousness. However, many people, including some very intelligent and well-respected people in their own right, still have trouble understanding the idea of Bitcoin and in many cases even question its value and purported utility in the world."
He continues: "While Bitcoin today showcases a vast body of anecdotal evidence which argues its utility or potential future utility, due to the pseudonymous nature of the blockchain as well as other factors, it is still hard to come across aggregate data which shows this behavior occurring on a consistent and measurable scale. To attempt to address this problem, I took a close look at trading volumes on the Peer-to-Peer Bitcoin trading website Localbitcoins.com."
"Magazine covers have an underrated influence on our culture," writes Metis graduate Nora G. May in a blog post about her bootcamp final project. "Even if you don’t read tabloids or women’s magazines, you can picture a Cosmo or People magazine cover and can give examples of the types of stories they run. Every time you’ve purchased groceries or gotten a snack for the plane, you see these magazines and they make an impression," she continues.
In an attempt to understand the market appeal of magazines, specifically women’s magazines, May used data analytical tools to abstract magazines' marketing techniques. She extracted the text from magazine covers, performed NLP topic modeling, and used image processing techniques to understand graphic trends and representation.
Data scientists are often described as hybrids: part statistician, part computer scientist; part analyst, part strategist. But while we focus on the myriad technical skills that a data scientist should possess, we often overlook one of the foundational skills (without which the whole edifice falls apart): communication skills. In this post, read three tips for improving your professional communication skills.
We recently hosted two related live online Ask Me Anything sessions on our Community Slack Channel. The first was with Caroline Csernus, Bootcamp Program Manager in Chicago, and the second was with Jesel Roosevelt, Bootcamp Program Manager in NYC. Each answered questions about the overall Data Science Bootcamp experience, plus some specific questions pertaining to how things run at each location. Read highlights here.
This post from Metis Sr. Data Scientist Kimberly Fessell covers the basics of object detection: what it is, various approaches to it, the measurements used to judge its results, along with a few important considerations of modern object detection.