Pitching America's Pastime | Discovery Through Data
Jun 14, 2018
Summer is here, so it seems like a good time to talk about America’s favorite summer pastime...baseball. Evan Lancaster, a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Anthony Rizzo, wanted to analyze the pitches thrown to one of baseball’s greatest hitter (Rizzo) to see if he could design a model to help managers and pitchers answer the question of how to pitch to the best hitters in baseball. Read More

Topics: Data Science

Gaining Insights on Music Streams To Make Better Decisions | Discovery Through Data
Jun 5, 2018
Independent record labels have a lot of data at their disposal, but they don’t always have an easy way to gain insights from that data. Xander Morrison joined our Data Science bootcamp to create tools that allow the team at Gotee Records to gain insights about how their music is being consumed. See what Xander built to learn more about how Gotee's artists are being streamed. Read More

Topics: Data Science

What Is Causing Traffic Fatalities? | Discovery Through Data
May 24, 2018
We often focus our attention on events with numerous fatalities, but across the US, road traffic crashes (RTCs) are claiming lives on a daily basis. In his research for his mid-course capstone, Dereje Getu Demissie discovered some alarming statistics and looked at data from 2016 to see what is causing all of the fatalities. Read More

Topics: Data Science

Visualizing Breast Cancer Research | Discovery Through Data
May 16, 2018
Smita Misra Upadhyay is passionate about improving treatment plans for breast cancer through her research. or her mid-course capstone, Smita set out to develop a predictive model for treatment choice based on the molecular subtypes and transcriptome profiles in breast cancer. Read More

Topics: Data Science

Can We Prevent Misinformation In Science News? | Discovery Through Data
May 3, 2018
Miscommunication and misinterpretation can impact science news as it moves from the lab to the public. This miscommunication could be due to poor communication style, technical nuance, or sensationalized media headlines. Mahesh Rao was curious to dig into how the science community could better communicate Read More

Topics: Data Science

Data Science Students Present at Metro Data Day
May 1, 2018
Two of our Data Science bootcamp students, Evan Lancaster and Mahesh Rao, and our Data Science instructor, Mary van Valkenburg, were invited to present at the inaugural Metro Data Day last Friday. Evan and Mahesh shared the insights they gained from their work with the Metro Nashville property violations data project. Read More

Topics: Student Stories, Community, Data Science

Data In The Real World | Data Science Bootcamp Update
Apr 26, 2018
Learning from experts in the field and using real data allows our Data Science students to work through real-world situations and messy data. This month our students heard from local experts on graph database management, data visualization and storytelling, and machine learning. Read More

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What Makes A Song Popular? | Discovery Through Data
Apr 24, 2018
As a musician, Taylor Perkins knew his Data Science mid-course project had to involve music. Taylor wondered, “What makes a great song? What makes a popular song? Is there some secret formula that just draws in listeners?” He hypothesized that the energy and key of the song are important factors for a popular song and explored that in his project. Read More

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Does It Pass The Bechdel Test? | Discovery Through Data
Apr 18, 2018
Have you heard of the Bechdel Test? The test is a simple three point check that examines the gender imbalance in movies. Shruti Sharma decided to examine the Bechdel Test for her data science mid-course project. She explained, “I think it is an insightful way of looking at the issue of gender imbalance and how skewed its representation in pop culture is.” Read More

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Are Vector-Borne Diseases Becoming More Prevalent? | Discovery Through Data
Apr 10, 2018
Have you thought about how changes in our climate might impact the spread of disease? With his background in biology and interest in global health and the climate, Sanjay Mishra wanted to know if the expanding geography of warmer seasons is allowing the vector population (mosquitoes, ticks, flies) to grow more rapidly, and thus increasing the rate of vector-borne diseases, such as West Nile Virus, Dengue, and Zika, or causing them to occur in new regions. Read More

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