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Modeling Techniques in Predictive Analytics: Business Problems and Solutions with R by Thomas W. Miller

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1. Analytics and Data Science

Mr. Maguire: “I just want to say one word to you, just one word.”

Ben: “Yes, sir.”

Mr. Maguire: “Are you listening?”

Ben: “Yes, I am.”

Mr. Maguire: “Plastics.”

—WALTER BROOKE AS MR. MAGUIRE AND DUSTIN HOFFMAN AS BEN (BENJAMIN BRADDOCK) IN The Graduate (1967)

While earning a degree in philosophy may not be the best career move (unless a student plans to teach philosophy, and few of these positions are available), I greatly value my years as a student of philosophy and the liberal arts. For my bachelor’s degree, I wrote an honors paper on Bertrand Russell. In graduate school at the University of Minnesota, I took courses from one of the truly great philosophers, Herbert Feigl. I read about science and the search for ...

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