Welcome to my blog!
I am a statistician and data scientist, who enjoys writing, visualizing, and talking about data, especially when we can use it to answer interesting questions. In addition, I am that guy at parties who will talk your ear off about running (so consider yourself warned). While I had a circuitous path to being both a data scientist, and a runner, I have found they compliment each other quite well, hence the title of this blog: TheDataRunner.com
One of my favorite sayings is “writing is thinking.” The process of prioritizing and organizing my thoughts in prose – as well as though visualizations – helps me have a deeper understanding of concepts. I have also found that it helps me be a better communicator. The ability to communicate clearly, in my opinion, is one of the most important skills for anyone working with data. It is often overlooked though. Many people are scared of math, and if you aren’t careful, you can lose your audience quickly. So, my goal with this blog is to discuss broad concepts in statistics and data science, without overwhelming people with tons of equations and terminology.
Speaking of overwhelming, becoming a runner later in life can certainly feel that way. Fortunately, we can use our running data to see what is working, and what isn’t. Not by obsessing over one run, or one mile, but by taking a broader view. Statistics is the science of changing your mind, and with running many of us have preconceived notions that may need challenging. So, if data or running are things that interest you, maybe this blog will be something you enjoy!