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The Data Skeptic Podcast features interviews and discussion of topics related to data science, statistics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and the like, all from the perspective of applying critical thinking and the scientific method to evaluate the veracity of claims and efficacy of approaches.

Data Skeptic Kyle Polich

    • Technology
    • 4.4 • 464 Ratings

The Data Skeptic Podcast features interviews and discussion of topics related to data science, statistics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and the like, all from the perspective of applying critical thinking and the scientific method to evaluate the veracity of claims and efficacy of approaches.

    Weird Communication

    Weird Communication

    Today, we sat down with Dr. Ignacio Escalante Meza to learn about opiliones and treehoppers. Opiliones, known as “daddy long legs” in the US, are understudied arachnids known for their tenacious locomotor behavior, sociality, and chemical communication. Treehoppers communicate through the stems of plants using vibrations. They can signal danger, attract mates, and communicate with their offspring. Join us to learn how researchers turn their vibrations into sound waves and study what they have to say.

    • 38 min
    Reducing the Impact of Ship Noise on Marine Mammals

    Reducing the Impact of Ship Noise on Marine Mammals

    Human shipping operations have increased significantly in the past few decades.  While that means international trade and cheap goods for humans, it also means the ocean has experienced an increase in noise pollution.  This has a measurable negative impact on marine mammals and other aquatic life.  Could mathematics be the solution?  This interview explores how optimization techniques can guide voyage optimization in a way that handles multiple optimization objectives including fuel cost and sound reduction.

    • 36 min
    Analysis of Unstructured Data

    Analysis of Unstructured Data

    Robbie Moon from the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business joins us to discuss the analysis of unstructured data and the application of NLP methodologies towards financial data.

    • 27 min
    iNaturalist

    iNaturalist

    Have you ever participated in citizen science? Do you want to? One of the most popular platforms for crowdsourcing biodiversity data is iNaturalist. In addition to being a great science tool, the iNaturalist app can help you identify the organisms you encounter every day. We talked to Executive Director Scott Laurie about how scientists use iNaturalist. We also got to discuss what makes iNaturalist’s AI species recognition so good, and how citizen scientists are constantly providing high-quality training data. Listen in and learn how this fun-to-use tool works, where it's headed, and how you can get involved.

    • 37 min
    Learn to Code

    Learn to Code

    Do you code or are you interested in learning to code? Join us today and hear from three individuals that are at very different stages of their coding journeys. Becky Hansis-O’Neill (also our co-host this season) shares her experiences as a newbie who wants to learn more. Dr. Malia Gehan, a self-taught developer interested in studying plant phenotypes, explains why and how she and her colleagues learned to code and developed PlantCV. Finally, Dr. John Wilmes discusses his work as a professional mathematician and Machine Learning Research Engineer. Whether you are thinking about learning to code or an expert, we’re sure you will see a bit of yourself in this episode. 

    • 49 min
    Animal Computer Interaction

    Animal Computer Interaction

    You’ve heard of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), now get ready for Animal Computer Interaction (ACI). Ilyena has made a career developing computer interfaces for non-human animals. She has worked with dogs, parrots, primates, and even giraffes. This is challenging because animals have a wide range of abilities and preferences. Parrots, for example, use their tongues to make selections on touchscreens. Listen in on our conversation and learn about interface development and testing with animals and how technology may improve animal welfare. 

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
464 Ratings

464 Ratings

calzone.onsets ,

Great resource

A colleague introduced me to Data Skeptic last year and I’ve been enjoying the episodes. Kyle’s good at covering topics from many levels of data science understanding—his mini series with a non-data scientist are a great way to learn the basics!

joey...1989 ,

Data science

Lots of interviews

Steveo CO ,

Amazing

I have been following for a few months now. If you’re looking for a wide perspective on big data and AI, this is the place. Kyle has a wide knowledge base, he’s not focused on a simple thing, rather, he explores multiple models, to help with research. His guests are amazing. I can’t wait to be invited to appear on the show to discuss standard operations for an average guy doing signs and lighting.

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