Survey Says: Big Data, We Have Some Work to Do.

I recently read, per the tweeted recommendation of Secret Life of Pronouns author James Pennebaker, Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are, by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.  See Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s book Everybody Lies. Best #bigdata/#language book in years. Must read for #socialpsychology #economics — James W Pennebaker (@jwpennebaker) June 2, […]

Downloading Python

The best subject to teach is a subject that you apply yourself daily yourself. And the best thing to learn is something that you’ll actually use daily. My mix of data tools has shifted substantially from Excel to R and Python as of late. I still use Excel, but not for several hours every day, […]

Is Data the Best Disinfectant?

Louis Brandeis, writing about transparency, said that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” You want to get to the bottom of things? Then measure, report, expose. Man does nothing to create sunlight. It is an element, a natural resource. Big data is often seen like sunlight — apply enough reporting and statistics, […]

Is Data Distracting Us From Science?

I’ve often joked that data science needs a new emphasis. We tend to over-emphasize the “data” half and forget the “science” half.  The scale and scope of data is new, but science is not. Are we overlooking the latter? Jaron Lanier seems to think so. I am reading his book, Who Owns the Future? It’s a great […]

Big Data and Day Trading: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.

Read more and subscribe at  These days, I can’t check my LinkedIn without seeing something about data science. Everybody’s on CodeAcademy and Coursera, dreaming of that sexiest of job titles: “Data scientist.” I’m all for making data an asset, but I see some troubling comparisons between big data and the day trading of the […]