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Author Smith, Gary, 1945- author.

Title The 9 pitfalls of data science / Gary Smith and Jay Cordes
Edition First edition
Published Oxford, England : Oxford University Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (v, 256 pages ): illustrations, charts
Contents Using bad data -- Putting data before theory -- Worshiping math -- Worshiping computers -- Torturing data -- Fooling yourself -- Confusing correlation with causation -- Being surprised by regression toward the mean -- Doing harm -- Case study : the Great Recession
Summary "Data science has never had more influence on the world. Large companies are now seeing the benefit of employing data scientists to interpret the vast amounts of data that now exists. However, the field is so new and is evolving so rapidly that the analysis produced can be haphazard at best. The 9 Pitfalls of Data Science shows us real-world examples of what can go wrong. Written to be an entertaining read, this invaluable guide investigates the all too common mistakes of data scientists - who can be plagued by lazy thinking, whims, hunches, and prejudices - and indicates how they have been at the root of many disasters, including the Great Recession. Gary Smith and Jay Cordes emphasise how scientific rigor and critical thinking skills are indispensable in this age of Big Data, as machines often find meaningless patterns that can lead to dangerous false conclusions. The 9 Pitfalls of Data Science is loaded with entertaining tales of both successful and misguided approaches to interpreting data, both grand successes and epic failures. These cautionary tales will not only help data scientists be more effective, but also help the public distinguish between good and bad data science."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Contains bibliographical references (pages 241-252) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Big data.
Quantitative research.
Big data.
Quantitative research.
Form Electronic book
Author Cordes, Jay
ISBN 9780192582751
Other Titles Nine pitfalls of data science