An increasing number of jobs in industries as diverse as healthcare operations and maritime piracy analysis require quantitative aptitude.
The response to prepare for this demand is often an emphasis on STEM over a classical liberal arts education.
But what if liberal arts is foundational to good use of data?
I speak with Matt Walje, Project Manager, trends analysis at Oceans Beyond Piracy, on how the liberal arts can give you an edge in quantitative analysis.
Slides available here:
Matthew Walje is the Project Manager for Trends Analysis at the Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) project, where he is responsible for the State of Piracy reports project, and analysis of maritime piracy (Captain Phillips style piracy) trends throughout the world’s major hotspots. Prior to joining OBP, Matthew served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps Reserves, where he worked as the Chief Analyst for an all-source fusion platoon. He has experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as with NORTHCOM and in Norway as a part of Operation Cold Response.
Resources and Further Reading:
- George J. Mount, “Is Data Science a Liberal Art?”
- Adam Weinberg, “Data Analytics and the Liberal Arts”
- Andrew S. Yang, “Science as a Matter of (Liberal) Art”
- Martin Lindstrom, Small Data: The Tiny Clues that Uncover Huge Trends
- Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil, “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century“
- David Kalt, “Why I Was Wrong About Liberal-Arts Majors”
- Bill McRae, “Big Data Analysis meets the Liberal Arts: Will Lit Crit Ever Be the Same?”
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