Talk at Hackbright Academy on September 9, 2014
About the Talk: Data is deeply integrated into decision making in modern companies. But businesses have difficulty understanding the glut of data they now create and consume. What is all this data, and how do we use it?
This talk will cover how to get started with data scripting, a powerful tool for prototyping data work. Data skills are crucial as engineering teams are responsible for discovering, housing, and extracting business-critical data. We’ll discuss how to find meaningful data, develop heuristics for normalizing and slicing data, and define useful data structures. We’ll utilize the pythonic Data Scientists’ favorite tools, numpy, pandas, and iPython. Finally, we’ll talk about data work in industry, and why your scripting skills will be a superpower in a data-rich world.
About the Speaker: Clare Corthell is a Data Scientist and Designer at Mattermark, a data-driven deal intelligence platform, where she builds technologies that quantify the growth of private companies. She is the originator of The Open Source Data Science Masters, a curriculum for learning Data Science. A Stanford-trained product designer and engineer, she's founded and worked with early-stage companies in the US, Europe, and East Africa. She’s up early pondering discovery algorithms, information design, diglossia, and education systems. Follow her at @clarecorthell.