Data and teenage sex

The objective of this blog is to share my insights and experiences in trying to be a better Bayesian. Yes, yes, Frequenist and Bayesian analyses results should agree, provided the data is significant enough, but … c’mon, our brains are empirical based, with no prior model to explain our surroundings, and incorrect assumptions are (mostly) corrected for. Hence my preference.

I recently finished an eight year stint as a cosmologist, which was a fun introduction to the Bayesian concept, and am now heading to the Wild West of Big Data analysis. More about the transition in upcoming posts. By Wild West I am referring to the fact that our world is becoming ever more digitalized, and everyone wants a piece of the action.  I heard a brilliant quote of how Big Data is like teenage sex:

Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it …

(If anyone knows the source to this analogy, please update me, I noticed it on Facebook.)

I will do my best here to describe insights into the world of the Big Data insight-seekers, through my experiences, discussions and random learnings. Being a music buff and amateur photographer, I will relate these to music I like and photographs that I take.  You might have already noticed the not-so-sophisticated connection between the name of this blog to Bruce Springsteen’s song Better Days from his 1992 album Lucky Town.

Now for some Bayesian fun. Which animal does this paw belong to? (No number crunching required, just your natural machine learning brain.)



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