Kickoff event speakers Andy Palmer and Owen Zhang started the week with two excellent talks at Thomson Reuters.
Andy Palmer kicks off the 2014 Boston Data Festival
“Think more, try less” suggested Owen Zhang, Kaggle Competition Leader, who shared his philosophy and a bag of tricks to help you win at data science competitions.
Thomson Reuters in the Seaport District provided a modern space for the kickoff event.
We had talks on topics from “Quantifying Uncertainty: Evaluating Trading Algorithms using Probabilistic Programming” by Thomas Wiecki to “Big But Personal Data: How Human Behavior Bounds Privacy and What We Can We Do About It” by Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye.
We had well-attended workshops on Python Scikit-learn as well as practical Bayesian Analysis.