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List of thought experiments for making hard life decisions

We all know how hard making decisions about own own lives can be sometimes, such as decisions about your career, or your relationships. Here's a list of several thought experiments I've come across over the years that have personally given me more perspective, making hard decision making a little bit easier sometimes. Though they're all slightly different, they seem to operate similarly, cutting out fear ...
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Creating a stock market sentiment Twitter bot with machine learning based image processing

One of the side projects I worked on in the past handful of months was Mr. Market Feels: a stock market sentiment Twitter bot that used automated image processing to extract and tweet the value of CNN Money's Fear and Greed Index every day. Motivation There have been attempts to backtest the predictive power of the Fear and Greed Index when buying and ...
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Learning from machine learning: ensembling, and other important skills

In my downtime, I’ve been using Kaggle to get better at applying machine learning to solve problems. The process is not only teaching me new technical skills, but also reminding me of some useful principles that can be applied elsewhere. To keep things digestible, this is the second post of two (the first one is here). A short list of important skills ...
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Learning from machine learning: deliberate practice

In my downtime, I've been using Kaggle to get better at applying machine learning to solve problems. The process is not only teaching me new technical skills, but also reminding me of some useful principles that can be applied elsewhere. To keep things digestible, this is the first post of two. Deliberate practice, with Kaggle Deliberate practice--practice that is repeatable, hard, ...
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My Attempt To Make Clinical Trials More Efficient

For a few months, on nights and weekends while working at my most recent job, I worked on a project to help make clinical trials more efficient, and even built a prototype (the screenshot above, you can play around with it here)--I gave it the memorable and exciting name "Clinical Research Network". Though my project didn't "succeed" in the traditional sense, ...
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Pharma Paid Physicians $6.5B in 2014 – Looking Into The Open Payments Dataset

My friend Jesse introduced me the Open Payments Dataset, which tracks the details of all payments made by "applicable" healthcare manufacturers (like pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers) to any doctor they work with. A federal program maintains this database, which is a product of the Sunshine Act, part of the Affordable Care Act. Why does this database exist? Basically because of the incentives ...
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