Mostly geeking about about all things data
Estimating home court advantage in Lithuanian Basketball League with Gaussian Processes
I was looking for an excuse to play around with Gaussian Processes in a Bayesian Inference setting, and decided to revisit an older project about basketball in Lithuania. Just in time for this year’s finals!
Modeling tenure effects the Bayesian way
After learning new things in Statistical Rethinking class, I took on to play around with an age-period-cohort-like model for disentangling tenure effects from seasonality & other factors. The Bayesian way.
Getting faster to decisions in A/B tests – part 2: misinterpretations and practical challenges of classical hypothesis testing
Null hypothesis test of means is the most basic statistical procedure used in A/B testing. But the concepts built into it are not exactly intuitive. I go through 5 practical issues that anyone working with experimentation in business should be aware of.
Getting to decisions faster in A/B tests – part 1: literature review
I set out on a journey to learn what statistical approaches the industry uses to get to faster decisions in A/B testing. This is the first post in the series in which I set the scene and summarize outcomes of my “literature review”.
A/B testing, zero-inflated (truncated) distributions and power
Naive A/B testing just uses t-tests or proportion tests, with the assumption that at large sample sizes, the right statistical test does not matter that much. I explore the case of a zero-inflated upper-bounded Poisson distribution and find that using the wrong test can require 3x the sample size to achieve the same statistical power, a difference large enough to matter in a real business setting.
The Jungle of Metrics Layers and its Invisible Elephant
Metrics layer is the rising “missing component” of the modern data stack. I dive into functionalities provided by 10 prominent players in the space and contrast them with a player no one talks about: Microsoft Power BI.
Grappling with privilege
Realizing you’re privileged is uncomfortable. It’s like understanding you can have a cake and eat it, too, except you never asked for the damn cake and you now realize most people aren’t as lucky as you are.
Gaussian Processes: a versatile data science method that packs infinite dimensions
Last semester, I learned about Gaussian Processes. They seemed really intriguing at the first glance, and it turned out they are even more intriguing as you dig deeper. This post is an application-oriented intro to Gaussian Processes. I’ll cover GP regressions, forecasting for time series and usage of GPs in bayesian optimization among other things.
An interactive introduction to wavelets and discrete wavelet transformation for data scientists
I built a practical intro guide to wavelets and discrete wavelet transformation for data scientists. Welcome to magic!
Interpretation of log transformations in linear models: just how accurate is it?
Log-transformations and their interpretation as percentage impact is taught in every introductory regression class. But are most people aware that there is a hidden approximation behind the percentage-based intuition? One that may not be appropriate in some cases?