“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants ” — Sir Isaac Newton

Why should you start mentoring?

Painting by me :D

Here I’ll talk about me.. why do I mentor.. because what I have felt throughout my life is that although each person is unique.. we are not that different :)

So I started mentoring more from the perspective of giving back to the society and also because I did find it’s lack in my career and I strongly felt that having a mentor would have made me more confident and would have also put…


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This article is an insight into the typical data science project flow. It is aimed for both the data scientist and the stakeholders of a project involving data science/machine learning. It is important for everyone involved to understand the nature of such projects and be comfortable with it’s various activities. It is also important for everyone to be comfortable with the idea of experiments. This article describes the way I think & go about a data science project.


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Hello! Ola! Namaste! Nǐn hǎo! Salve! Guten Tag! Hola! Salut! สวัสดี!

Phew! I guess those were Hellos in all the languages that ThoughtWorks has an office. Being relatively new in ThoughtWorks, I liked to read up about ThoughtWorks and stuff. I did not intend to start writing this post the way I started, but while writing I wondered how would I greet if I were at any other office in TW and there are almost 13 different regions where TW is present. I feel very good every time I think about our diversity in terms of location.

Anyway, I was…


To address someone or not to.. that’s my dilemma of the decade (literally)

Artist: Me :D. Original painting reference: My parents by Hockney

It is difficult for me to address people in my company or rather any company that follows US culture. Or rather the western culture.

Okay, let me put it out there. I am not entirely comfortable with addressing everyone by their names. I have been brought up where I am to treat all elders with respect. Part of that respect is addressing the elder as ‘uncle’s/ ‘aunt’s/ dadaji, dadiji (grandfather/ grandmother).. …


What can we learn from ants, bees and fish? Well, Alot!! The Expertise of the Few; The Power of the Many; The Results that Matter! While the contribution of an individual may be negligible, put together as a group they give meaningful results that matter.

Collective Intelligence (CI) is shared or group intelligence emerging from the collaboration and competition of many individual beings. It appears in consensus decision making in bacteria, insects and animals. It relates to how the simple actions of individuals can come together to produce sophisticated behaviour of the collective. …


“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants ” — Sir Isaac Newton

One can bloom anywhere in a nurturing environment. (© Painting by me)

Why should you start mentoring?

Here I’ll talk about me.. why do I mentor.. because what I have felt throughout my life is that although each person is unique.. we are not that different :)

So I started mentoring more from the perspective of giving back to the society and also because I did find it’s lack in my career and I strongly felt that having a mentor would have made me more confident and would have also put…


Sail through life, but also admire the sunset. (Painting by me :D)

It’s been a few years since I completed my Masters. It does feel like ages now. I did not have much free time in between before starting my job at ThoughtWorks (which is fabulous by the way), and I’m glad for that. I would have gone nuts thinking about what to do. And now that I am all busy, I do crave for the time in between where you needn’t have any guilt for not doing anything. Some of you may find the Master’s program such an ‘in between’ time. Lucky you.

As for me, I tried to keep myself…


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Let’s get straight to the point:

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Post Analysis — There is no point just communicating a number. You have to analyse the numbers your algorithm throws out. Tie it back to the domain. Work with the domain experts as to what the results mean.

E.g. What prices is your algorithm recommending? What does the curve (fitment) for these products look like? The algorithm recommends something, does it make sense? Does it raise any eyebrows on the results? (This can be both good if you have discovered something new.. Or it could mean you need to re-check your analysis). …


Keep it clean!

“I’m a Data Scientist.. I don’t need to write clean code because most of my code is throwaway anyways”. “Clean code and agile are good for developing softwares.. It does not make sense in my work”. The number of times I have heard the above & the reluctance to even try some of the suggestions on clean code, baffles me.

Well, let me tell you.. you don’t need to write clean code for software development either. You don’t need to practice agile for software development either. One can make a perfectly working software even without the above (maintaining/ modifying/ scaling…


In a recent attempt to find some data to explain statistical concepts, I did quite a bit of researching (read: searching on google) to find data relevant to India. While the data may be open, only a few can be used to analyse and derive insights. These are some of the links I came across:

  1. Bhuvan — Indian Geo-Platform of ISRO

There are a lot of things going on, on this website. There is alot of data here. Only image data though. If you are interested in processing images taken from satellites then I’m sure you will find something here.

Shraddha

A data scientist, a developer, enjoys painting, crafts, dancing, dreaming

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