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How I accidentally became interested in data science

Posted: Feb, 24, 2020

By: Jae Yeon Kim

About three years ago—and six months after I became a PhD candidate—I learned that I was going to become a father. The baby shock was not part of my well-crafted plan for writing my dissertation, and I needed to deal with it. As soon as I heard the news, I emailed my funding agency and rescheduled my fieldwork in Canada. I finished most of my archival work for the dissertation research within that semester. I then wrote a chapter, based on the data I had collected, while waiting for the baby to arrive.

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D-Lab Data Science Fellows Program - Call for Applicants

Posted: Nov, 19, 2019

By: Patty Frontiera

The program is designed to give outstanding UC Berkeley graduate students the opportunity to advance their training within the D-Lab’s diverse and intellectually vibrant community. We offer participants a supportive mentorship and peer-learning environment in which they can apply their expertise and knowledge, gain professional teaching and leadership skills and connect with industry and public sector partners.

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Talking about your research at Thanksgiving dinner

Posted: Nov, 12, 2019

By: Simal Ozen Irmak

Research is the biggest driving force behind innovation and success. It is also the main reason why many of us are drawn to higher education. It is the bread and butter of what we do and why we do it. It is the motivation behind all those underpaid hours we spend in front of our computers designing surveys, crunching numbers, reviewing the literature, making grant deadlines, tediously crafting and re-crafting study protocols, running experiments, going through zillions of revisions on our manuscripts… 

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D-Lab is Hiring GSRs!

Posted: Nov, 12, 2019

By: Patty Frontiera

The UC Berkeley D-Lab (Social Sciences Data Laboratory) is hiring up to five full-fee remission, 50% time appointment (20 hours/week), graduate student researcher (GSR) positions starting in January 2020 to teach workshops and provide consulting. These positions may be renewed. 

 

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Working with data to explore Transportation and Society: Part 2

Posted: Nov, 04, 2019

By: Sergio Castella...

In a previous blog I wrote about an exciting project on transportation in cities that, along with some colleagues, I’ve had the opportunity to work on.

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D-Lab Community in Action

Posted: Nov, 04, 2019

By: Iliana Lopez Yanez

Former D-Lab instructor and consultant Chris Hench, now a research scientist in Alexa AI’s Applied Modeling and Data Science group at Amazon, has been collaborating on a project that made it possible for Amazon’s Alexa to feature three new languages: Hindi, U.S. Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

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The Importance of Side Projects - or how I remind myself that I love R

Posted: Oct, 29, 2019

By: Ijeamaka Anyene

Those who are new to data science are recommended by data science blogs and data scientists to pursue side projects. These side projects should showcase your skill set and help you create a foundation for your portfolio. The job industry places a large emphasis on ones “research portfolio” as an important piece of landing a job. Despite this sound logic, I pursue side projects for different reasons.. 

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Techniques for Characterizing Data Sparse Environments: A Freetown Peninsula Case Study

Posted: Oct, 15, 2019

By: Pelagie Elimbi ...

The advent of the Big data exploitation has led to an increased focus on data-driven decision making. These changes have created giant leaps in technology for  different sectors including health care, supply chains, agriculture,online retailing among others.

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“Hey Siri”: An adventure in understanding how our digital assistants hear us

Posted: Oct, 08, 2019

By: Emily Grabowski

Last year, some friends discovered that I didn’t use the digital assistant on my phone, very often. This seemed counterintuitive, given that I am a linguist interested specifically in speech, including speech recognition. So, as an exercise, I reactivated my “Hey Siri” feature and said “Hey Siri” a handful of times into my microphone when prompted. I have since embarked on my journey to talk to a rectangular piece of plastic and glass, with varying degrees of success.

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Big Data and Patent Analytics

Posted: Oct, 01, 2019

By: Su Li

Big data has been a buzz word for a few years and the trend of its expansion into other fields is by no means slowing down. As always, where there is a “gold rush” of a new concept lawyers do not fall very far behind, even if it is about numbers—something lawyers do not particularly claim a forte in. 

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