The Differences Amongst Types of Data Scientists and Technologies

Being a computer nerd can be cool, but only if the nerds know the new (actually, old) buzzwords: machine learning, deep learning, AI, statistics, IoT, operations research, and applied mathematics.

Categories of data scientists

  • Statisticians: statistical modelers, data reduction, et cetera
  • Mathematicians/ Operations Researchers: typical NSA or defense/military classified as operations researchers 
  • Data engineers: Hadoop, API’s, Analytics as a Service, et cetera
  • Machine learning / computer scientists: algorithms, computational complexity
  • Business analysts: ROI optimization, decision sciences, high-level database design
  • Software engineering: production code in a few programming languages)
  • Data visualization specialists: specialists with varying backgrounds
  • Spatial data specialists: specialists often with specific background using data modeled by graphs, graph databases
  • Hybrid: Those strong in a few of the above

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Independent Capability Assessment of U.S. Air Force Reveals Readiness Level Below Carter Administration “Hollow Force”

Finally, the public is starting to hear that the U.S. Air Force is just as stressed as the other branches of service. Airmen who signed up for the most powerful air force in the world find themselves in a hollow force that spends more time worrying about sexual assault training and the compliance of minutiae. The Heritage foundation ran an independent assessment that pretty much concludes what today’s Airmen already know:

  1. Readiness, fighter pilot proficiency, warfighter mindset, and manning have fallen to a modern era all-time low
  2. War-fighting capacity has fallen to half of its stated objective
  3. Standards of excellence and quality have deteriorated


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Simple Guide to War in the Middle East

I borrowed this pictorial from Slate, which oversimplifies the warring factions in the Middle East.

The summary here is that there are no good guys and bad guys here, but there is a range of conflicting beliefs and desired outcomes that are at odds with one another.

If this summary suffices, feel free to stop here. I encourage all three of you readers to use this as a starting point that will lead you to more thorough explanations of peace in the Middle East, or lack thereof.