Critically assess your biases.

Publish this analysis biases alongside your data insights.

Consider who might want to opt out of a given data application.

Strive to empathize with users that resist features and aim to understand why.

…the Tao is found where we would least expect it–not in the strong but in the weak; not in speech but in silence; not in doing but in “not-doing.”


My shower thoughts this morning were on the similarities between ethical data science and the ancient Chinese philosophy of Tao (or Dao). Having zero Chinese heritage in my family and never having…

It wasn’t until after I’d submitted the talk proposal to 3 conferences that I realized how big of a chunk I’d bitten off by writing in a computer vision aspect. “Participants will gain insight on impactful mindsets and actionable strategies for more effective professional development — as well as a few starter Computer Vision scripts!” Yeah…assuming they’re running Python 2.7 on a raspberry pi and are comfortable debugging their own fork of the seemingly abandoned SimpleCV repo. Smooth move, Marissa. Clearly a stellar talk. Knock ’em dead.

However, as the focus of my talk is on leveraging research-based strategies from…

Every failure is a learning opportunity. After a lengthy interview process, including a 5 hour remote “on-site” session, a potential dream job (Machine Learning Advocate) decided not to move me forward. Though they expressed confidence in my data ability and felt that I would be a great fit for the team, their final decision ultimately came down to a fluency issue. In the take-home, I’d not had this issue because I was refactoring existing code; in the on-site, I’d performed at 1/3rd the speed of the typical applicant — 1/8th the speed of the strongest candidates! …

Amanda Casari recently gave a remote presentation (via Zoom) at Cleveland PyLadies on the topic of Feature Engineering for count and text data. Since she graciously offered a copy of her book to give away at the meetup, I wanted to put together a fancy little Twilio app to allow livestream viewers to enter.

I don’t know if I’ve come to expect an unreasonable level of documentation or what, but I was disappointed that the Twilio documentation only really gave useful information for hooking to Flask apps. While I’m not new to Flask, I’m much more fluent in the Django…

Marissa Utterberg

Machine Learning, Web Development, & Community Engineering

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