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Perils of a Chief Data Scientist at the National Government Level

Last week, my compatriot gushed over the New Chief Data Scientist of the United States Government, DJ Patil. He was not alone; the guys at the Partially Derivative podcast did as well.

Now, yes, we should be happy that government is not keeping itself in the stone age. But my two specific criticisms of all this gushing are:

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Cowboy Data Science

Meme from Steve Temple

The opposite of "cowboy coding" is having a solid process, which includes unit testing. Data Science has matured to the point now that we should look to add this as standard practice and start to expect it.

The challenges are:

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