At The Data Incubator we run a free eight-week Data Science Fellowship Program to help our Fellows land industry jobs. We love Fellows with diverse academic backgrounds that go beyond what companies traditionally think of when hiring Data Scientists. Brendan was a Fellow in our Fall 2015 cohort who landed a job with one of our hiring partners, Jolata.
Tell us about your background. How did it set you up to be a great Data Scientist?
What do you think you got out of The Data Incubator?
What advice would you give to someone who is applying for The Data Incubator, particularly someone with your background?
What is your favorite thing you learned at The Data Incubator?
Could you tell us about your Data Incubator Capstone project?
I looked at daily sensor data from 40,000 computer hard drives owned by Backblaze and compared their failure rate and life expectancy by model to the perceived failure rate and life expectancy obtained from scraping online reviews on Amazon and Newegg. Because there is approximately a linear correlation between star rating of the review and the perceived failure rate of a hard drive I was able to map the sensor data to an expected star rating for each hard drive model. This expected star rating represents the overall rating that the hard drive would receive it were rated by sensors rather then human reviewers.
And lastly, tell us about your new job!
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