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"Half Stack Data Science" is a podcast by David Asboth and dr. Shaun McGirr about the realities of Data Science in the enterprise business world.

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"Half Stack Data Science" is a podcast by David Asboth and dr. Shaun McGirr about the realities of Data Science in the enterprise business world.

    S2E3 - Joana Wang

    S2E3 - Joana Wang

    In this episode of "the orthogonals" we spoke to Joana Wang. Joana is a data aficionado with a passion for education. Her ambition is to help people demystify the world of data and make analytics second nature while having fun.

    Having worked both in strategy consulting and industry, she's had projects across retail & wholesale, supply chain and financial services. In her last 8 years of experience, she's spent most of her time doing financial modelling, building bespoke data analytics products and wrangling data - a lot of it! This has required her to not only be able to technically develop solutions but also understand the wider business context and relate to people's needs, which she tries to embed in her teaching style.

    We spoke with Joana about a variety of topics including how to incorporate data science into the business world, the state of data science education, what skills you need to be a data scientist and which of those skills are easier to teach or can even be taught at all. To give you a teaser, she summarised this beautifully when she said "No amount of code is going to tell you how to think".

    • 42 min
    S2E2 - Peter Ellis

    S2E2 - Peter Ellis

    In episode 2 of "The Orthogonals" Shaun and David spoke to Peter Ellis. Peter is a Director and Chief Data Scientist at Nous Group, an international management consultancy operating in 10 locations across the UK, Australia and Canada. He also writes the Free Range Statistics blog, a great place to see cutting-edge techniques applied to real-world problems, all with reproducible code. But you'll never guess what his undergraduate degree was (hint: requires long fingernails on one hand only!)

    We spoke about scraping emojis from tweets, why Drew Conway's Venn diagram is still relevant in 2020, and becoming a data scientist to argue with economists.

    You can find Peter on Twitter @ellis2013nz or on his Free Range Statistics blog.

    • 55 min
    S2E1 - Andrea Jones-Rooy

    S2E1 - Andrea Jones-Rooy

    In the first episode of season 2, "The Orthogonals", Shaun and David speak to Andrea Jones-Rooy.

    Andrea is a social scientist specializing in complexity.  She has written a book and several research papers on complex systems, and regularly contributes articles to media outlets on (you guessed it!) complexity — plus data science, international relations, diversity, and uncertainty. She is also a standup comedian and circus performer. The whole thing is confusing, but basically she’ll do whatever it takes to get people to pay attention to social science & complexity. Andrea earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    We discussed why you shouldn't do a political science PhD to become a data scientist, how a political science PhD will benefit you in data science if you happen to have one, finishing a PhD thesis in a Thai restaurant, and what skills are missing from most data science courses and what to do about it.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Season 2 Teaser

    Season 2 Teaser

    In this teaser episode of the Half Stack Data Science podcast, the hosts David Asboth and dr Shaun McGirr recap the first six episodes of the podcast and introduce the upcoming season 2: The Orthogonals

    • 8 min
    006: Interview with Allison Nau

    006: Interview with Allison Nau

    In episode 6, we bring you our interview with Allison Nau, an experienced data leader previously MD of Cox Automotive Data Solutions, and prior to that Product Director at LexisNexis.

    We would love your feedback on the show so far! Get in touch with us via Twitter (@davidasboth and @shaunmcgirr) or email hello@halfstackdatascience.com

    • 47 min
    005: Estimating Time

    005: Estimating Time

    In this episode, David and Shaun answer the question on every stakeholder's lips: how long will this Data Science project take? Their answer may surprise you!

    We would love your feedback on the show so far! Get in touch with us via Twitter (@davidasboth and @shaunmcgirr) or email hello@halfstackdatascience.com

    • 23 min

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