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Being a data scientist is exciting. It is compatible with almost every sector in business, it’s continuously evolving, and storytelling with data is a skill few people will possess in their lifetime. Whether you’re starting data science early in your career or transitioning from other roles, everyone is excited to get their hands on some data and get to work.

I was someone who was a self taught data scientist. I majored in mathematics and statistics but coding and working with data wasn’t something I had experience in until my first job as a business intelligence developer. I put in…


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Summary

Using play by play data from the 2020 NBA season there are identifiable instances of coaches overreacting to foul trouble. Only a small percentage of players foul out of games because they are intentionally prevented from being put in the position to foul out even though there is no penalty for fouling out besides being disqualified from the game. Coaches do this so they can have their best players late in the game when the outcome is most clear, but risk taking out a player out for too much time putting their team at a big disadvantage.

Using the machine…


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Lots of people have taken the first step into getting into the field of data, but at some point everyone faces the next big step: how do I make a career out of this? After weeks of discussions with aspiring data scientists, below are the top five questions I’ve consistently heard when it comes to getting into the data sector.

Also, for anyone who is trying to learn the first steps to becoming a data scientist, you can view this article.

1. I’m trying to find data science jobs but they’re tough to come by. How can I get my foot in the door?

There is some weird rumor floating around that a data scientist’s job is completely different than the job of…


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https://www.gatech.edu/

The Georgia Tech Online Master of Science (GT OMS) program is becoming more popular to data enthusiasts around the world. An affordable program from a well respected university that can bend to any student’s schedule is a dream come true.

I recently graduated from the program in a year and a half (5 semesters total). When I was accepted to the program, I did a lot of searching on the web for reviews of the program with very little success. Once I was choosing classes, I once again struggled to find background information on a lot of the courses I…


In 2012, Michigan decided not to use its head and revoke laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets while driving. Looking back years later, did anything change?

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https://www.centralmaine.com/2019/07/26/michigan-couple-injured-in-motorcycle-crash-in-sandy-river-plantation/

While walking through datasets of automobile accidents, there are lot of sources that talk about statistics of types of crashes and deaths. An interesting test case took effect in Michigan around motorcycle helmets and I wanted to investigate if they made the right decision. The best case scenario for Michigan is that accidents could stay consistent and not have an increase in deaths or severe injuries. I can imagine as autonomous vehicles and safer…


Watching Mike Trout today is the equivalent of seeing…Shoeless Joe Jackson?

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Hank Aaron (https://baseballhall.org/discover/hank-aaron-715-hr-ticket)

Baseball fans love to compare current players to the legends of the past. Mike Trout having the same talent as Mickey Mantle, Billy Hamilton being able to run stride for stride with Ricky Henderson, or Javier Baez’s electric style matching Jackie Robinson’s. Older fans make these comparisons but for the young fans, like myself, how would I know who they remind the lifelong fans of? I didn’t see Hank Aaron’s offensive dominance. Pete Rose railroading catchers at home plate. Reggie Jackson’s unmatchable power. …


Peyton Manning is the smartest quarterback to ever play and he’s made this mistake over and over again. Tom Brady has six super bowl rings despite committing this error countless times. Russel Wilson is regarded as an outstanding decision maker (except for that one goal line pass in the super bowl) yet constantly engages in this miscalculation.

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Picture of Tom Brady calling timeout. Photo by https://nflspinzone.com/2017/01/05/nfl-playoffs-2017-top-15-super-bowl-51-matchups-possible/11/

There is one play in football that drives me absolutely crazy. It’s not the short screen pass on 3rd down. It’s not a punt on 4th down and one. It’s not taking a field goal for a point after attempt instead of going…


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Have you ever wondered how much time and money you’ve spent at your favorite restaurant?

Every couple of months or so, I try to update my family’s budget. On my last trip looking through credit card transactions, I noticed that there was an option to export all of my purchase history to a CSV, finally giving me the power I need to answer a question my wife and I have debated for years:

How much have we spent on Chipotle?

Chipotle has a very special place in our hearts. Where we went to high school, Chipotle was right down the…


Take out payroll, batting averages, ERA’s, and any other sabermetric you can think of. Let’s go old school for a minute: wins and losses.

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Let’s say you’re a professional sports gambler watching two teams playing against each other on a September day, the Sea Monsters vs the Iron Tanks. The Sea Monsters are 87–63 (.580 winning pct), while the Tanks have a 40–90 (.267 winning pct) record. On paper, it seems like you would put your money on the Sea Monsters to run over the Tanks, but there’s a catch. The Iron Tanks are invincible at home with a 37–3 (.940 winning pct) home record, and the Sea Monsters struggle on the road with a 20–40 (.333 winning pct) record. …


Can linear regression show which innings influence wins and losses of MLB baseball games?

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Image from https://www.covers.com/sports/mlb

Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of love and hate of sabermetrics, there is no ignoring them. Shifts on every at bat, relief pitchers starting games, and statistics that you would have never thought of in a million years like “launch angle” and “RPM” brings value to games like never before. …

Payton Soicher

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