[Scrap] Big data spawns new breed of ‘data scientist’

Original Link: http://gcn.com/articles/2012/02/06/feature-1-data-scientist-sidebar.aspx

Interestingly, Lapkin said, data scientists don’t generally come from academic computer science programs. Instead, she added, many members of the first generation of data scientists come from scientific research labs, such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.

“They have a very, very big data problem because they have all of these masses of data that are coming back from the Mars exploration project and so on,” Lapkin said. “They have people who they have trained to do nothing but look at the data, analyze the data, figure out different datasets, build new types of queries, and so forth.”

[Scrap] Big data spawns new breed of ‘data scientist’

Seattle 후기

오랜만에 맘놓고 휴식을 취할 수 있어서 좋았다. 내가 좋아하는 두 가지, 비와 커피가 있어서 특히 좋았던…

학회에서도 많은 느낌을 받았다. 이것이 느낌으로 끝날지 구체화 될지는 모르겠지만. 회사에서 일을 하다 보면 매일 해야할 일이 쌓이고 비슷한 일상이 반복되면서 효율이 떨어지고 매너리즘에 빠지는 것 같다. 가끔은 이렇게 환경을 바꿔서 여유있는 시간을 가지는 것이 참 좋은 것 같다.

교회 생활도 많이 누렸다. 영적으로 뭔가를 많이 얻은 것은 아니다. 하지만 home stay, 홈미팅, 형제의 집, 농구, 목양 등을 통해서 너무 편하고 즐겁게 쉴 수 있었던 것 같다. 정말 feel at home 했던 시간. 말씀으로 장비되고 영적인 훈련을 하는 것도 매우 중요하지만, 그 가운데서 안식이 없고 편안함이 없다면 그 또한 균형잡히지 못한 것이라는 생각이 든다. 내가 2-3일 정도 밖에 있어보지 않아서 좋은 것만 보고 왔을 가능성이 크다. 아마 실제로 거기에서 살다 보면 주일날 학회장에서 느낀 것 같은 외로움을 느끼게 되겠지. 다들 자기 할 일이 있고 바쁘고 서로 관심을 못 해주다 보면, 날도 우중충하겠다 우울해지기 딱 좋은 곳일지 모르겠다. 그곳이 특별히 좋은 게 아니라 내가 있는 곳에서 더 이상적인 생활을 가질 수 있도록 노력하는 게 맞는 것 같다.

해외를 다녀오거나 여행을 통해 새로운 사람들을 만나고 오면 늘 그렇듯 후유증을 갖게 된다.

Seattle 후기

Seattle

According to what I heard from several people from Seattle, this city is quite different than I used to expect. When I thought of Seattle, the image of the city was cloudy, dark, downtown, developed, high crime, and so on. But Seattle residents object to this thought.

They say Seattle is very green and eco-friendly. There are many tree huggers, too, although this term has a slightly negative denotation. They recycle, they love organic foods, and they hate big corporations. Really, the downtown is pretty clean and well organized. Although the frequent cloudy weather makes the color of the city dark, the crime rate is actually pretty low. The city is adjacent to the sea and has lakes and mountains. And the weather is nice in summer.

We can’t find Wal-Mart in Seattle, because people are aware that Wal-Mart has several ethical issues and is a very large corporation. They love the Whole-Foods market. This market is pretty expensive, but sells organic foods. Safeway is also popular as a retailer. I asked about Costco, because Costco is a big corporation originated from Seattle. David said Costco is different from Wal-Mart in that Costco is not a retailer.

Starbucks is omnipresent in Seattle. I asked David what Seattle residents think of Starbucks. (BTW, he doesn’t drink coffee.) It seemed that people don’t hate Starbucks because of the company’s huge scale. But, they don’t think people who go to Starbucks are cool, either. Actually, there are many local and individual coffee shops in Seattle, and many people love to go there. I thought about Korean culture concerning Starbucks. I personally like Starbucks because of their unique interior design. Also, I had good impression of Starbucks when I was in OK. Regardless, it is interesting to think that Starbucks fans in Korea struggle to collect Starbucks merchandise whereas many of the residents of Starbucks’ hometown love local coffee shops better.

Transportation is good. Compared to New York City, the traffic is not heavy and people keep signals well. In downtown, buses and trains(Linko) move underground, which reduces traffic jam considerably. It also has good public transportation. The public transportation covers the whole city. Besides, it is free to move in downtown and to transfer within 3 hours.

A lot of companies we know started from Seattle, among which are Microsoft, Starbucks, Costco, Boeing, Amazon, to name a few. This city is definitely attractive. Nature-friendliness, good church life, nice neighbors… A big concern is the weather. Yeo-wool said many UW students from other countries suffer from depression. Several brothers asked me if UW is also in the options for my Ph.D. Before I went to Seattle, I did some search for professors in CS, UW, but I didn’t find interesting people. But, who knows? As long as there are attractive research groups in Seattle, this city is in my mind.

Seattle

Home Meeting

There was a brothers’ home meeting at the home of Brother Jerry and Sister Jen. They have been reading the book “Experience of Life”.

Students are tired no matter in Korea or US ☺

The food was similar to what I used to have at the home meetings in OK. Chicken breast and salad. I love salad, especially when I can choose different kinds of dressing.

We didn’t have time to sing hymns. Brian said, “Yeah.. We usually don’t sing hymns at this home meeting. Every home meeting is different, you know.” After reading a few pages, people shared what touched them. It was quite impressive that although this book is quite difficult and there is not much social time (except during dinner), many students come and enjoy the time. In the home meetings in Daejeon, students generally complain when we read some materials, and they rather want to play games and talk. I know every home meeting can be different. Brother Jin-seok once said we should forget about Austin, American ways, but we should find our own way. Well, it’s not easy to find the best way.

After the sharing, we still had about 20 minutes until 9pm. We had time to know of new people, and a couple of people who had just come back from trips shared what they enjoyed.

After the home meeting, while we were exiting the home, the conversation between Sister Jen and Brian was interesting. Jen asked Brian if the students could come next week. “We will probably be around.” “OK, then there will probably be a dinner.”

Home Meeting

Fish Ladder

The salmon migrates upward to the mountain against the water flow in order to lay eggs. But the locks here are obstacles for the fish to pass through. So, people installed slides called a fish ladder, through which water and salmons flow from the sea to Puget Sound in spring. The slides flow the water to Puget Sound, carrying the fish. The interesting thing is that because the salmons tend to go against water current by nature, they turn backwards and try to escape the slides the other way around. But, at last, they are moved to the correct direction because the water flow is stronger.

I usually don’t like to give things a too-much spiritual meaning, but found this phenomenon could be a fun metaphor. God prepares a correct way for us. But because of our human knowledge or disposition or human nature, we think our choice is correct, and behave against the flow. However, we cannot help but being carried by the flow, and finally we will find out that the flow was the correct direction.

Fish Ladder

Coffee

I’m very careful not to drink so much coffee a day. I usually drink only a cup or two, otherwise I get trouble sleeping at night. Here, however, a cup of coffee is three times the amount I drink a day in Korea.

By the way, Seattle’s Best Coffee has some interesting history. (Kristin from Seattle Bites Food Tours told me.) While Starbucks was expanding its business in Seattle, Seattle’s Best Coffee was one of the most popular coffee shops in Seattle. So, this company obviously became a rival to Starbucks. Then what? Starbucks bought this company out. However, since this company had high reputation and good quality, Starbucks didn’t change its name, recipes, etc. While many coffee companies have the origins of coffee beans on their bean products, Seattle’s Best Coffee names their bean products based on the coffee’s intensity level from 1 to 5. On the box, it reads that they do this lest people have difficulty pronouncing the regions correctly. Sounds like a joke, but it’s quite a good strategy for those who don’t really care about the all kinds of countries.

Coffee

Ho-Dduk (Korean Pancake)

I made some ho-dduks for the brothers. I learned this recipe in OK. It is very simple. All I need is a can of dough, cane sugar, cinnamon spice, and oil. I put some nuts, too. A can of dough contained 8 pieces of dough, with which I made 4 pancakes.

I gave the first three to the brothers and ate the last one. It was my mistake. Although they said the taste was really good, it was not what it was supposed to be. There should have been soft, juicy, melted jam of sugar, but what I found in it was crispy sugar chunks. Maybe I should have used only one piece of dough for one pancake, I don’t remember exactly. Anyways, it was fun though.

Ho-Dduk (Korean Pancake)