July 16, 2020

Data Scientist: Why am I not receiving a bonus this year? I am constantly coming up with new ideas, putting my heart into it.Manager: It is all based on results. This year your research has not produced outstanding results.Data Scientist: Research is inherently random. It may produce something outstanding once in five years.Manager: Then you

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July 16, 2020

Manager: I want a model that predicts X. Data Scientist: What accuracy is sufficient?Manager: It has to capture whatever signal there is in the data.Data Scientist: Let me see… How will the model be used?Manager: We will decide later. Let’s have a good, working model first.Data Scientist: What is the cost if it makes a mistake?

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July 15, 2020

Manager: I have told you to start doing research on Z last month.Data Scientist: Yes, you did.Manager: It was your only priority that you have been working on, hasn’t it?Data Scientist: Yes, it has.Manager: When will it be ready for deployment?Data Scientist: In about 2 months.Manager: But last month you also told me about 2

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July 15, 2020

Manager: Last week you told me that the model was ready.Data Scientist: Yes, but on Tuesday I found a bug. Column X in the data had a lookahead bias due to some quirks. So now I am retraining the model. The existing version is complete junk and should not be trusted. But we’ll get the

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July 2, 2020

“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else—if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.””A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you

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