— In the News —
Especially for large organizations, the shift to remote work will profoundly change how decisions are made. As company cultures evolve, data offers a common language for distributed teams.
If a COVID antibody test is 90 percent accurate and you test positive, there's a 90 percent chance you have the antibodies, right? Not so fast. In the example described in this article, it could be as low as 32 percent. See Steven Strogatz's look at the math. It's basic stats.
If you're at all interested in COVID-19 data, this white paper from the COVID Tracking Project is definitely worthwhile. Among other things, it explores how data is being collected, how it's being reported and ultimately, what you can and can't trust.
— Tools and Techniques —
The data tooling ecosystem is evolving fast and it's messy. Tools have overlapping functionality, entrepreneurs tell big stories, and categories are continually evolving. This is a super useful post that summarizes the capabilities of 25 new-ish tools. Here's what they each can and can't do.
This course by Julia Silge is a free, open source course on supervised machine learning in R. This latest version uses tidymodels and provides four realistic case studies to practice your predictive modeling skills.
"gt" aims to do for tables what ggplot2 did for graphics. In this tutorial, Tom Mock walks through conditional formatting and shows how to add custom elements such as titles, fonts and borders. There are a lot of examples here and a short intro with links at the top.
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— Resources —
Nice collection of resources for taking your SQL skills up a notch. Covers things like performance optimizations, database design, security, advanced queries, anti-patterns and more.
This series of articles explores how AI is being harnessed to improve healthcare in poor regions around the world. Covers a wide variety of topics including access to data, infrastructure, regulation, and innovations that specifically address the needs of poor communities.
— Data Viz —
This step-by-step tutorial shows how to create a scrollytelling project from scratch. If you're not familiar with that term, "scrollytelling" is a popular type of data story that evolves as a user scrolls down a page.