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If you are in tech, you know what Stack Overflow is. More than likely, you might have a love-hate relationship with the service — while incredibly useful, users can be quite confrontational about a post they don’t deem “worthy”, asks a previously answered question or simply uses the word thanks


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As a freshman in college, when my life goal was still to become a hot-shot diplomat or United Nations ambassador, I took an Uber back to my university with a techie guy wearing our school colors that happened to live a few blocks from my dorm. …


photo of me repping UMich gear abroad (and yes, I am wearing shorts guys).

When I was applying to graduate data science programs, I feel like I was largely shooting around in the dark. I had some idea of the prestige of the schools I was applying to (i.e. …


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I’ll be the first to admit — I know nothing about wine. All I know is that occasionally I sip something I like, and most of the time I sip something I really don’t. …


Taken in Beijing, PRC, circa 2018 (AKA before covid); I’m the blonde in front!

Grad school SOPs: They can feel like such a beast.

I wasn’t a perfect student when I was applying to M.S. in Data Science programs; in fact, I was far from it. I had never touched Python, never ran a machine learning algorithm, and hadn’t had a sexy internship at…


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Association analysis is a hot topic in data science right now. By discovering relationships between items within large quantities or networks of data, we can glean insights in many areas. These include uncovering unconscious consumer buying patterns at a particular store or through an app (known as market basket transactions)…


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It all started when I was practicing technical interview questions. My first term as a masters data science student was over, and with sweet relief I went on a brief (but respectable) Netflix bender before switching into diving into technical interview prep. I was feeling confident. Cocky, even. …


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The human race has never been better. No, I’m not being sarcastic, nor was I being paid to say it by <insert big company name here>. For the everyday person across the globe, products are becoming cheaper and more accessible. Women have more education and contraception than in our entire…


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Let’s just get these facts out of the way: it’s a weird time to be alive right now. For job seekers especially, it may be hard to focus on seemingly trivial things like drilling 10 more technical interview questions, earning another online certification or building your data science portfolio, as…


I recently wrote an introductory article to geospatial visualizations in R, which quickly became my most read article by a factor of 5 (thanks, btw!). …

Amanda West

Data Scientist & M.S. from UVA. Putting the elation in relational database management. I draw pretty graphs. 🌈 amawest.bio.link/

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