July 16

Miscommunication Etude #3

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? Do we lose more money on false negatives or on false positives?

Manager: I don’t know those numbers. Why do you need them?

Data Scientist: So I can understand the business context.

Manager: This is not your job. 

Data Scientist: Fine. Given your understanding of the business, would linear regression be sufficient? 

Manager: How would I know? This is not my job.


data science, soft skills

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