A Scientist & An Artist A few weeks ago while wandering around in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, I could not escape the thought of Leonardo da Vinci : the greatest polymath of all times. Leonardo’s illustrious resume contains titles such as painter, inventor, physicist, astronomer, engineer, biologist, anatomist, geologist, and architect – no
Columbus – A lesson in Leadership Christopher Columbus – I have adored this man for various reasons at various stages of my life. At seven, I adored him because his mistakes were applauded and became part of history – Columbus mistook Native Americans for Indians because he thought he had landed in Asia rather than
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein A Commentary on Curiosity I think the best way to appreciate and enjoy the trivial is to travel. When I say trivial, it includes doorknobs, posters,
A Primer on Logistic Regression – Are you Happy? A few years ago, my wife and I took a couple of weeks’ vacation to England and Scotland. Just before boarding the British Airway’s plane, an air-hostess informed us that we were upgraded to business class. Jolly good! What a wonderful start to the vacation. Once
Modeling in Advanced Analytics The room, full of Analysts, erupts with a loud round of laughter when a young business analyst narrates to us an incident from his recent trip back home. A distant aunt inquired about his new profession. His response – I am into modeling. She got all excited and asked – is
Variables Selection in Predictive Analytics The following story goes back to the time when I just started my transition from physics to business. I met this investment banker* in his mid-thirties during a Friday night party. After gulping down a few pints of beer, his mood became a bit somber and he told me how
Classification Problem in Statistics & Data Mining I must say I was shocked when Amishi, a girl little over three years old, announced that going forward she is only friends with my wife and not me. Her reason for the breakup was that I am a boy and girls can only be friends with girls.
Credit Scorecards in the Age of Credit Crisis This incident took place at a friend’s party circa 2009, in the backdrop of the worst financial crisis the planet has seen for a long time. The average Joe on the street was aware of terms such as mortgaged-backed securities (MBS), sub-prime lending and credit crisis –