Data availability should ideally improve accountability and decision processes. Armed with evidence of data science working across multiple domains from healthcare analytics to internet advertising big data is enabling changes in society, one application at a time. This talk will have two parts. We will first present a data scientist's overview of different technologies in use today and their utility.
Then we will do a deep-dive on specific implementation and challenges we addressed while working with multiple partners in the healthcare industry on real-world healthcare data. We will discuss and demonstrate prototypes of our solutions for cost prediction and risk-of-readmission care management, and how we leveraged big data machine learning frameworks. We will end with an open conversation about challenges in verticals other than healthcare and provide an overview of ongoing efforts for social good at the University of Washington Center for Data Science; each a story in its own.