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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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What I learned from my side project in education technology: Formata

Last winter, I built an MVP for an ed-tech product, called Formata. Here's what it was, why I did it, and what I learned from it. Why Education I had been (and still am) trying little side projects in different industries because I like learning about and understanding new things. At the time, I had done some stuff in productivity ...
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Cancer clinical trials and the problem of low patient accrual

Inspired by this contest to come up with ideas to increase the low amount of patient accrual for cancer clinical trials, I decided to look more into the data. Bold, by the way, is one of my all time favorite books, and was co-authored by the creator of the herox.com website, the xprize Foundation, and co-founder of Planetary Resources: Peter Diamandis. Truly someone ...
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Amazon’s secret sauce: the flywheel model

After finishing The Everything Store recently, I wanted to share an interesting framework that Bezos used when founding Amazon. The book, by the way, is a phenomenal read and gives great insight into Bezos's character and how he has led an innovative Amazon. Ambition, persistence, spontaneity, and being neurotic/obsessive are some of the most common traits of the successful people I've read about ...
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