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Make Data Work
Oct 15–17, 2014 • New York, NY

Statistics Without the Agonizing Pain

John Rauser (Snapchat)
9:55am–10:05am Thursday, 10/16/2014
Location: 1D
Tags: fashion
Average rating: ****.
(4.82, 104 ratings)

There are two essential skills for the data scientist: engineering and statistics. A great many data scientists are very strong engineers but feel like impostors when it comes to statistics. In this talk John will argue that the ability to program a computer gives you special access to the deepest and most fundamental ideas in statistics. John’s goal is to convince the non-statistician engineers in the audience that the road to statistical fluency is much, much shorter than they think.

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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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Strick Strickland
10/18/2014 8:34am EDT

Genius is a combination of how much you know and how well you can communicate it to others. You hit the genius mark in this presentation and have saved me countless hours

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Viral Parikh
10/16/2014 6:06am EDT

thanks john for bringing out stat 101 back! #statistics!!!!