Book Review: Analytics in a Big Data World

Models are illuminating and wrong

So this is a quick review of a book that ended up in my mailbox a few months ago.

Firstly the good: this is a good academic introduction to a variety of techniques all in one reference book. I particularly liked the discussion of Process mining and survival analysis as I feel these are techniques often neglected in the discussion of data science. I know that the author of the Lifelines library. Cameron-Davidson Pilon has done some screencasts on Data Origami of this technique and the applications it has to say Customer Churn modelling but this is the first time I saw it in a book aimed at Data Scientists.

I believe that Bart is an expert in risk modelling so there is a lot of discussion of financial services applications – this is fine and a good addition to the literature on data science, since a lot of…

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