Data curation is a new term to many people, and many seasoned data scientists are new to it. Data curation involves making diagrams, tables, and other files that help you keep track of, document, and interpret data. Curation files are especially helpful for communicating about data on teams. Learn more about what you’ll learn when […]
I use the datasets from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) to demonstrate in a lot of my data science tutorials. The BRFSS are free and available to the public – but they are kind of buried on the web site. This blog post serves as a “map” to help you find them!
I love the Likert package in R, and use it often to visualize data. The problem is that sometimes, I have sparse data, and this can cause problems with the package. This blog post shows you a workaround, and also, a way to format the final plot that I think looks really great!
With all this talk about “flattening the curve” of the coronavirus, I thought I would get into the weeds about what curve we are talking about when we say that. We are talking about what’s called an epidemiologic curve, or epicurve for short. And to demonstrate what an epicurve is and what it means, I […]
Are you struggling to get through your public health degree? Maybe you need to finish a master’s thesis, but you are stuck on the statistics. Or, you let’s say you are a doctoral student, and your committee is not really helping you. You find yourself relying on online resources – like MPH online learning modules […]
Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) registered on our public health radar as a communicable infectious disease amongst humans, countries try to calculate their coronavirus mortality rate (otherwise known as case fatality rate). As a result, many different mortality rates have been reported, causing confusion. This article from Business Insider reports country-wide mortality rates that range from […]
Snowflake is a new big data cloud back-end solution, and the company has been holding “Data for Breakfast” meetings in many different cities to introduce data scientists to their product. I went to the meeting held on March 4, 2020 at the Marriott Long Wharf in Boston, and here is my review. Not My First […]
I encourage those of you into data science and AI to sign up to receive digests from Data Science Central. I happened upon this web site when looking for some references for a book I am writing, and found some amazing articles. Since I’m into data science in and AI in healthcare, I was intrigued […]
My colleague who is a professor at Fitchburg State University studies deeper learning in face-to-face and online approaches in higher education. The idea is that if educators use deeper learning approaches, the students will learn more efficiently. Others have talked to me about deeper learning, and when I looked into it, I found that the […]