Drew Conway: A Social Scientist's Perspective on Data Science

We're pleased to welcome Drew Conway, co-author of the book Machine Learning for Hackers and wearer of many other awesome hats, to the NYC Data Science meetup.

Drew Conway is Scientist-in-Resident at IA Ventures and a co-founder of DataKind and DataGotham. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science in May 2013 from New York University, where his research focused on computational methods for political science. He is a leading expert in the application of computational methods to social and behavioral problems at large-scale. Drew has been writing and speaking about the role of data — and the discipline of data science — in industry, government, and academia for several years. He has advised and consulted companies across many industries; ranging from fledgling start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, as well as academic institutions and government agencies at all levels. Drew started his career in counter-terrorism as a computational social scientist in the U.S. intelligence community.

In this talk, Drew will examine data science through the lens of the social scientist. He will discuss how the various skills and disciplines combine into data science and will also present a motivating example from his own research on methods for collecting large-scale text coding from non-experts.

Our hosts will be providing pizza and drinks. See you there!

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  • John M.

    For those who couldn't make it to the meetup, here's video and slides from Drew's talk: http://blog.mortardata.com/post/80592857540/a-social-scientists-perspective-on-data-science-with

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Yen

    Will the presentation be uploaded to youtube?

    2 · March 5, 2014

    • John M.

      Once we have the video edited and uploaded we'll send out a link!

      March 6, 2014

  • Brad H.

    Excellent meet up! Thank you, Dr. Conway, and thank you, Meetup Inc. I went away wondering what problems can be addressed by this tool--of non-expert "expert coding" of text. After all, Drew said something, in the first half, about going to conferences and hearing presentations about tools rather than applications of those tools. Looked at another way, the real-life example seemed to be a way to measure the reliability and validity of certain kinds of "crowd sourcing". How can relatively rapid, relatively cheap expert coding be used? For example, expert coding is used to code conversations between spouses, for marriage counseling. That seems like something more applicable to everyday life than is coding political manifestos.

    Could this tool be used to, say, view "a day in the life" videos from google glasses to coach individuals on their interactions with others? Could it be used to substitute for expensive personal "cognitive-behavioral therapy?"

    March 6, 2014

  • Patricia S.

    Excellent! Fascinating ideas and presented very well.

    March 6, 2014

  • Susana

    Very interesting

    March 5, 2014

  • Michael C.

    can't make it anymore unfortunately, really, really wished I could have made it

    March 5, 2014

  • Sean M.

    If you cannot make it, those of us on the FCFS roller coaster would love for you to change your RSVP status.

    March 5, 2014

  • Jon L.


    March 5, 2014

  • Susana

    ooh...i made it.. :)

    March 5, 2014

  • Patrick M.

    Merry Christmas to the first person on the waiting list, as I have to see an apartment tonight.

    3 · March 5, 2014

  • Amy

    if there is anyone who can't make it, please change your attendance status to create room for people on the waitlist, even if you change it last minute, thanks!

    2 · March 5, 2014

  • Shane

    Wish I could go but definitely want to connect with you Drew on some projects. Let's connect. -Shane

    March 4, 2014

  • Gustavo C.

    Can we go back to having a waitlist like other meetups do ? This FCFS algorithm is crap; it justs wastes N-1 people's time.

    6 · March 4, 2014

    • Farhan A.

      Second this. Have had way too many moments of excitement followed by utter despair.

      1 · March 4, 2014

    • John M.

      Thanks for the feedback, Gustavo. We'll switch to the waitlist format for next time.

      2 · March 4, 2014

  • Nitin k.

    I think the previous version was better. FCFS algo is not working...

    March 4, 2014

  • Nitin k.

    Drew, do we have additional spots. I would like to attend

    2 · March 1, 2014

  • glenn w.

    Drew, is there a standby list, thx, gw

    2 · February 19, 2014

    • John M.

      Hi Glenn, as of now it's set so that Meetup will notify folks on the waitlist when a spot opens up.

      February 25, 2014

  • Patricia S.

    Is there any chance you could move the meeting to a larger venue to accommodate those who are on the wait list?

    February 19, 2014

    • John M.

      Hi Patricia, We're going to stick with this venue for Drew's talk but we'll look for a bigger space for future meetups!

      February 25, 2014

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