What is a Career in Big Data?

John Rauser (Snapchat)
Location: Sutton Parlors
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 4 ratings)

Quantitative Engineer? Business Intelligence Analyst? Data Scientist? The data deluge has come upon us so quickly that we don’t even know what to call ourselves, much less how to make a career of working with data. This talk examines the critical traits that lead to success by looking back to what may be the first act of data science.

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John Rauser


John has been extracting value from large datasets for over 20 years at hedge funds, small data-driven startups, Amazon, Pinterest, and now Snapchat. He has deep experience in machine learning, data visualization, on-line experimentation, website performance and real-time fault analysis. An empiricist at heart, “Just do the experiment!” is his favorite call to arms.

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Noah Illinsky
09/25/2011 8:15am EDT

Really great talk. I would add that an education in physics somewhat splits the difference between statistics and engineering, and has produced many good data scientists.

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David Dietrich
09/22/2011 6:00pm EDT

Excellent presentation—one of the best I’ve seen at the conference and also on what it means to be a data scientist. I’m looking forward to the slides and/or video to see it again.

Douglas Chope
09/22/2011 8:40am EDT

Outstanding presentation; extremely relevant & insightful and very well delivered. John raises a number of very good points; would love to watch it again


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