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Lightweight Conjecture Records for Research Teamwork

Lightweight Conjecture Records for Research TeamworkIntended for Data Science AI/ML Research Teams, but generally applicable. Slugconjecture-records-improve-research-teamwork ContextData Science is now a first class citizen of the technical world, but that is only a recent development and it still lags behind hardware and software in terms of ecosystem maturity. One area that is still behind the curve is the area of teamwork and working on large scale objectives. From Fred Brooks to Michael Nygard the software and system architecture challenges have always been the same - how best to communicate the solution in your head. So following in the footsteps of LADR files, and in the style of the original post... ConjectureWe posit that keeping a collection of "domain significant" conjectures will improve research teamwork; these conjectures put forward experimental thinking that affect dimensionality, data characteristics, pre-processing options, calibrations, qualitative analysis an…
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10 Tips for Hiring a Data Scientist into a Tech Company

What gap are you trying to fill? Before you get close to offering a Data Scientist a job you should be clear in your own mind what skills gap in your organisation you are trying to fill. In my experience these are good reasons to be hiring a Data Scientist: You need someone with mathematics, and in particular statistics, skills that can do a better job of understanding data and creating meaningful outputs than your average accountant or computer scientist.You need someone that thinks and operates in a numerically framed way, someone that is comfortable with representing concepts as graphs and formulae. Those 2 core competencies are to be found in any successful Data Scientist. You may be tempted to frame the role in the following terms: You need someone to make sense of a large dataset, to understand the dimensionality and the "shape" or distribution of the key components of that data.You need someone who can create, improve or debug some very sophisticated algorithms, i.e. t…