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March 26, 2019

From: Interview by Nick Douglas, Lifehacker

Are there any tools you use to find insights from the data you collect, without having to wait for your own human insight?

I’ll do some visualization, maybe I’ll do some fancy machine learning thing if I think it’s going to be useful. But it tends to be human-initiated.

The fundamental thing about good data science is, can you notice the unexpected. And one of the problems with being very clever about the automation is, the automation implies certain expectations about what’s going on. It’s much harder to discover the unexpected when you have already put in a bunch of expectations.

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