DON’T DRINK THE KOOL-AID
Cargo cult data science
A “cargo cult” emerges when people copy a set of behaviors without understanding the “why” behind them. Many data science projects fail because they focus on implementing the technical side without pushing for a cultural shift to become data-driven. Here’s how to avoid that pitfall. - Richard Weiss
What makes an R talk popular? Scraping useR2017 attendance information to find out!
Have this on hand before you submit your next conference proposal. - Dean Attali
I CAN’T STANZA IT
Craft Your Python Like Poetry
The Python style guide PEP 8 specifies line length at 79 characters, but that doesn’t mean you should wrap lines when they hit an arbitrary length. If you need to sharpen your poetic sensibilities, these code examples will teach you how to write readable, beautiful Python. - Trey Hunner
YOU’VE GOT MAIL
Timing is everything: what our data says about the best time to send a message
Intercom analyzed millions of in-app and email messages from B2B companies to figure out when to send messages so they’ll reach the maximum amount of people possible. This is a cool example of turning product analytics into actionable insights for customers. - Inside Intercom
Data Science: Challenges and Directions
Carve out some time in your schedule for this academic paper on “the gaps between the world of hidden data and existing data science immaturity.” It’s a dense but rewarding read. - Communications of the ACM
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