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What if Chuck Norris was available?

Ool la la!

Basic statistics is more useful than advanced machine learning.

I can’t tell you how many interviews I’ve had where someone has a really cool project on their resume. Support vector machines, topic analysis on CiteSeer, or whatever… But what it boils down to is someone took toy data set A and plugged it in to machine learning library B and took the output and was like, “sweet.”

People with “machine learning” on their resume fall from the sky these days, it seems to be a very sexy discipline. The problem is if I ask them explain a t-test, those same people can’t tell me what that is.

If I had a MacGyver of data analysis and all he had was a t-test and regression, he would probably be able to do 99.9% of the analyses that we do that are actually useful. (Jeff Hammerbacher)

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