Is Data Science Dead?

This new article insists it is. “Data Science is dead. It is quickly getting replaced by stuff great data scientists built. Every big cloud vendor is doing it. Need to do a churn analysis? Done. Need to predict energy efficiency? Done. Want a recommendation engine? Done. Need to process genders, age and emotion from images? Done. From video? Done. Need to recognize certain logo’s in images? Done. Need to understand sentiment? Done. Need to translate text or summarize text? Done.”  J-F Puget tweeted: “I disagree but this is an interesting read. We still need data scientists to cover the 20% not covered by precanned models.” What are your thoughts?

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Kasparov’s Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

Garry Kasparov’s 1997 chess match against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue was a watershed moment in the history of technology. It was the dawn of a new era in artificial intelligence: a machine capable of beating the reigning human champion at this most cerebral game. For the first time Kasparov reveals his astonishing side of the story in this breakthrough book. Read also this May-24 interview.

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Challenge June-2017: Loan Origination Example – DMN Section 11

DMN-LoanOriginationThis challenge is intended to demonstrate different decision modeling approaches using the same well-known business use case.  The Loan Origination problem described in in the Section 11 of the DMN specification is probably the most discussed use case. However, the specification itself uses this case only to demonstrate possible implementations of DRDs, BKM, decision tables, and other DMN features but not the best decision modeling practice. Continue reading

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DMN RTF Meeting at DecisionCAMP-2017 on July 12

OMG DMN Revision Task Force will hold a technical meeting at DecisionCAMP-2017 on July 12, 2017 at Birkbeck University of London. It will be another important event related to the DMN standard. You may see all events between July 12 and 14 in this Schedule.  Additionally James Taylor and Jan Purchase will run Decision Modeling Masterclass at the same location on July 11. If you haven’t registered for DecisionCAMP yet, please do it ASAP – the registration fee is only 50 GBP.

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A Practical Guide to Machine Learning

Rob Thomas and Jean-François Puget published “A Practical Guide to Machine Learning: Understand, Differentiate, and Apply“. Along with typical Machine Learning traps, it provides practical advises, e.g.: 1) “Move application development from programming to training: instead of writing new code, the application developer trains the same application with new data.” 2) “Learn continuously by monitoring the effectiveness of predictions and retraining when needed.” The guide is short but meaningful.

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Two Frustrations With the Data Science Industry

NathanBrixiusOn May 13, 2017 Nathan Brixius described his frustrations with data science industry (such as overclassification and overreliance on credentials) starting with this rant:

I don’t give a shit if you call yourself a data scientist, an analyst, a machine learning practitioner, an operations research specialist, a data engineer, a modeler, a statistician, a code poet, or a squirrel. I don’t care if you have a PhD, if you went to MIT or a community college, if you were born on a farm or in a city, or if Andrew Ng DMs you for tips. I want to know what you can do, if you can share, if you can learn, if you can listen, and if you can stand for what is right even if it’s unpopular. If we’re good there, the rest we can figure out together.Continue reading

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The Object Management Group (OMG) invites Business Process Modeling practitioners and interested parties to attend this free innovative and informative meet and greet “BPMN in Action“. Cocktails and light snacks will be served while leading software vendors will demonstrate live the iterative elaboration and interchange of a BPMN model using their respective tools that implement the BPMN standard. The event will take place on June 5 at Radisson Blu Hotel in Brussels. Hopefully, we will see a similar “DMN in Action” event in the nearest future.

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