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

Topics: Data Science

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

Topics: Data Science

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

Topics: Data Science

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

Topics: Data Science

Is There An Achievement Gap Based on School Funding? | Discovery Through Data
Apr 3, 2018
Intrigued by Nashville’s significant economic growth in recent years and increased accessibility of data from the State of Tennessee, Paulo Martinez wanted to see if there was a correlation between the allocation of financial resources to school districts and educational outcomes, using ACT scores. Is the recent economic growth impacting the achievement gap in Tennessee? And is this increased revenue being distributed equally across school districts? Read More

Topics: Data Science

When Was The Golden Age For Video Games? | Discovery Through Data
Mar 29, 2018
Justin Rothbart has fond memories of his excited anticipation as the release date for a new video game approached. Video games allow him to connect to his youth, with some of his favorite games and series originating in the late 90’s. For his mid-course project in our data science bootcamp, he wanted to see if his view of video games from the late 90’s being the best matched the views of other video game fans. Read More

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