"It's completely amazing to me that in a world where these methods are applied so ubiquitously (and successfully) that there remains such a huge population, especially in management that have no idea of their existence. I guess…"
"Even companies that get "it" at the senior executive level still struggle. As an example; Recently, my group produced a predictive model for a resourcing problem that when "back tested" proved an 80% improvement over…"
"In my most humble opinion, I believe our field is still in it's infancy. Most employment opportunities are with newer companies with quantitative methods at their core.
I think current management in…"
"Spot on, Amy. The intuitive ability to choose features and properly evaluate training and test results is the skill ... (i.e....understanding over-fitting, local and global minima, etc..)
IMHO it's as much an art as a science ... we should…"
"Since this is a relatively new field, the supply of qualified quantitative workers is low and the cost high as companies seek people with specific degrees, perhaps advanced degrees with specific experience. This is just an…"
So I've been in technology for over 35 years. I've been a technician, systems engineer, programmer, developer, manager and now a VP level executive manager. I've always been a math bug and very interested in kernel learning. My education in ML has been mostly self taught plus a few Stanford ML courses. In my current role, I'm exploring pattern recognition ideas in Clinical Research. I will retire within the next few years and plan to apply my ideas as an entrepreneur.