Ian White
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Ian White

Ian is an entrepreneurial leader at the intersection of data, enterprise markets and geospatial analysis. He is founder/CEO of Urban Mapping, a web-based mapping platform he sold to Pitney Bowes in 2015. Customers included Tableau Software, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Kayak, IAC, CoStar Group.

Ian has an MBA from Babson College, BA from McGill University and attended high school in Ireland and France. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

When Data Science Alone Won’t Cut It
Big DataData ScienceTransportation & Logistics

I recently read an article (paywall) in the WSJ about Paul Allen’s Vulcan initiative to curb illegal fishing. It’s insightful and sheds light on Big Data techniques to address societal problems. After thinking on the story, it struck me that it could be used as a pedagogical tool to synthesize data science

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Government Stats Are Ready For Change (Book Review)
Data ScienceEducation

For those of you similarly interested (obsessed?) with the changing role of government statistics relative to the explosion of highly dimensional private sector data, I recommend having a look at Innovations in Federal Statistics: Combining Data Sources While Protecting Privacy from the National Academy of Sciences. It’s an easy read and offers a solid

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False Friends
Data ScienceData Science 101

I recently stumbled across a research paper, Using Deep Learning and Google Street View to Estimate the Demographic Makeup of the US, which piqued my interest in derivative uses of data, an ongoing research interest of mine. A variety of deep learning techniques were used to draw conclusions about relationships

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