The Target

First, I just want to say how excited I am to be part of Convergent Technologies. My dear friend, Rick Gregson, asked me to join the company for the purpose of bringing my knowledge of data science to the table. Additionally, I was invited to contribute a weekly blog, so I will back up for a second and define its purpose.

My bio is available on the Convergent Technologies website if you’re curious about who I am and why I may be positioned to tackle these subjects. I’ve invested a great deal of time studying “big data.” With that said, there is a plethora of material on big data—in particular, AI (artificial intelligence). Many news stories focus on the sensational such as self-driving cars or the toppling of champions of the Chinese “Go” game. This can be daunting and intimidating. If you want to learn more about some of these topics, you can be inundated by math, programming, and statistics.

My overall purpose focuses on two basic questions. The first is, “How does data science impact/potentially improve my daily life?” For example—Why did I use a dating site only to end up on a terrible date, while my Netflix account always knows what I want to watch? Do I need to worry about automation taking over my job? Do we even need doctors anymore when a machine can diagnose our ailments? The second and more pertinent to our consultancy goals is, “Can data science help my business/help me make money?” For example—What problems can I solve with data science? Do I have enough data for that? I hired a consultant who just graduated college, and he’s already spent $9,000 of my money on AWS (Amazon Web Services); is that normal?

We will even tackle fun topics like using ML (machine learning) to get a sports betting advantage and maybe even delve into day trading stocks with algorithms. If I discuss specific algorithms in this blog, it will be at an intuitive level only, so let’s leave the math out and opt for comparative examples. However, if you feel like diving deep into the mathematics and science of anything I explore, please feel free to reach out to me. I am always up for that! Feedback is appreciated, and topic suggestions are welcome. Let’s dig in and see what data can do!