The Red Pill or the Blue Pill? Machine Learning vs Statistical Modelling

Over the years I’ve helped a number of organisations, both large and small – public and private, build up their Data Science capabilities, and derive value from data using various analytical techniques. However, one key concern I’ve had a number of times is the confusion that can exist between means and ends ie solutions searching…

Interview with Felicity Splatt (Data Scientist/Manager at PwC)

Felicity Splatt is an experienced Data Scientist and currently manages a Data Science team at PwC. She has extensive experience across both the public and private domains, and has multiple degrees including a PhD in Quantum Computing! In this interview, she discusses the transitions from academia to the public sector, then from the public sector…

Interview with Ian Hansel (Director of Verge Labs)

Ian Hansel is the Director of the AI company Verge Labs, and is an experience Data Scientist and Data Science Instructor. In this interview, he shares some fantastic insights and advice on getting started in Data Science and building a successful career. As a Director of Verge Labs, can you please tell us a little…

Interview with Matthew Mayo (Editor of KDnuggets)

Matthew Mayo is a Machine Learning Researcher and the Editor of KDnuggets, the seminal online Machine Learning and Data Science resource. It was an absolute treat to interview Matthew, who’s a huge inspiration to the Data Science community, and to have him share his invaluable insights and advice. He was also kind enough to offer…

Mobius Strips and Dips: Some Career Reflections and Insights Beyond Data Science

I  recently overheard, and possibly participated in, the following (somewhat edited) conversation*: Grasshopper: Please bestow upon me Master, whether or not I should pursue a Master’s degree? Master: What are your career aspirations grasshopper? Grasshopper: I merely hope to mimic you’re illustrious career Master. Master: What is it that you seek in your next role…

Interview with Sidney Minassian (Founder of Contexti & SalesNative)

Sidney Minassian is the influential and inspirational Founder and CEO of Contexti, the successful Big Data Analytics Solutions & Training company, and the Founder of SalesNative, which provides sales coaching to first-time tech founders. In this interview, he offers some invaluable insights on launching a tech business, and also provides advice on how to increase your value…

Interview with Eugene Dubossarsky (Data Science Pioneer)

There are successful, influential and inspirational Data Scientists, and then there’s Eugene Dubossarsky! The Data Science community is incredibly lucky to have him share his wisdom and insights, distilled from over a decade in the field. His responses are invaluable, and you’re guaranteed to learn from, and be inspired by, this interview: You’ve been running…

Interview with Ian Oppermann (NSW Chief Data Scientist & CEO of NSW Data Analytics Centre)

I recently had the honour of interviewing the successful Ian Oppermann. Ian is both the CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre and the NSW Chief Data Scientist. He was kind enough to give up some of his valuable time to share some truly unique, inspirational and valuable insights. You have the honourable and influential positions of being…