Eric J. Ma, 26 November 2018
Investigator, Scientific Data Analysis
ScD, Biological Engineering, 2017
Bayesian Stats, ML, Network Science
I don't have much advice to offer, just a bunch of stories that hopefully entertain and educate.
Much of my journey into data science has been the culmination of:
In other words, survivor bias is present in my story.
A data scientist is someone who uses data to make better decisions and ask better questions.
It just so happens that at this moment in time:
These are the skills that a data scientist probably needs at the moment.
A journey in 4 acts.
Getting let go from my first lab gave me the space to:
Started going to Boston Python User Group.
My thesis gave me the opportunity to work with data, at scale.
Getting my thesis formally peer reviewed and published in a journal was, for me, validation.
Actually, work on more than one data project.
...it is more blessed to receive than to give...
Some things I've learned and shared along the way
Some side effects of sharing knowledge:
To whom can you be thankful for giving you a hand?
Stay curious, don't stop learning.
Remember those who gave you a hand.
To whom much is given, much is expected.
Give more to society.
One of Novartis' corporate goals.