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Alivia Smith

As the user marketing manager, Alivia works with users from top American and European companies to understand how to take the pain out of data science, and help them with Dataiku DSS. She also develops our academic and non-profit partnerships. She is passionate about technology and is the editor for our weekly data science newsletter Banana Data News.
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Recent Posts

From Small Data to Large - What Does Big Data Really Change

We live in the world of big data. We all know this. I do, you do, heck, I even picked up Cosmopolitan the other day and it had a definition of big data in it!

Opinion, Data Preparation, Visual Data Analysis, Technology, data | August 01, 2016 | Alivia Smith

Tips & Tools To Find the Best Data Science News

Data science is a world that doesn’t seem to ever stay put. In the blink of an eye dozens of open source projects are launched, companies develop new data products or find new use cases and...

Opinion, Technology, business | May 17, 2016 | Alivia Smith

How Do You Really Get Data Science Projects Into Production?

Articles everywhere keep hailing the end of big data and criticizing the hype. They are right, to some extent. The revolutionary world where data answers all our questions before we even ask them...

Production, business, Data Engineering | May 08, 2016 | Alivia Smith

Why you Need DataOps to Organize Your Data Science Projects

The DevOps movement tries to reconcile development and operations departments to encourage them to develop IT projects together. Today, we need to make that same transition in data, by introducing...

organization, business, Data Engineering | April 28, 2016 | Alivia Smith

Tragedy Strikes at Dataiku - the Cat Ate the Bird

The whole team is extremely saddened to announce the death of its mascot, our beloved blue bird, in a tragic accident involving local cat terror, Fluffy.

Corporate, fun | March 31, 2016 | Alivia Smith

13 Tips to Not Win a Data Hackathon, Every Time

Hackathons are the coolest. Where else do you get to thrive amongst your peers in an intensely competitive environment, where you can have fun, build a useful product, learn, meet people, and get...

Opinion, data science, fun | March 01, 2016 | Alivia Smith

SQL, R, and Python: Why Data Wrangling in ONLY Code is Inefficient

So everyone knows the oh-so-popular statement that a data scientist spends 50 to 80% of his time cleaning and preparing his data before he even starts looking for insights in it. I mean everyone’s...

Opinion, Data Preparation, data science | February 24, 2016 | Alivia Smith

Telling Stories With Data Visualization by Matt Daniels from Polygraph

Before I had ever even heard about Dataiku and started really working around data, I remember reading this awesome article around March 2015 on the ranking of hip hop artists based on their...

Interview, Data Visualization, Technology | January 27, 2016 | Alivia Smith

A User Marketer Asks: Why Is Nobody Talking About User Marketing?

Everyone in the startup universe knows that everything they do should be centered on the user. So why isn’t "user marketing" a thing yet? Is it because no one is doing it?

Users, Opinion, Corporate | January 19, 2016 | Alivia Smith

Interview With Helena Edelson: Spark and Stream Processing

In the big data engineering world, Spark and stream processing are the words on everybody's lips these days. Here are a few words of wisdom by somebody why actually works with Spark everyday, the...

Interview, spark, Technology | November 22, 2015 | Alivia Smith

Interview: How To Get Started in Data Science? [Part 2]

Robert Dempsey is that cool, data-driven developer/marketer/explorer that everyone (or almost-everyone) wants to be. In part two of the talk I had with him in September, he had lots of words of...

data science, machine learning, python | October 19, 2015 | Alivia Smith

Optimizing Data Preparation & Teamwork by Data Wrangler Robert Dempsey

I was lucky enough to talk to data fanatic and Dataiku fan Robert Dempsey in September. We discussed everything from his job, tools to help his team collaborate, data wrangling, marketing and...

Interview, Data Preparation, business | October 15, 2015 | Alivia Smith

Dataiku 2.1 - So Much More Than Spark

The latest version of Dataiku came out last week, and we were super excited about the integration of Spark! But Dataiku 2.1 has so much cool new stuff in it, I just had to tell you about all of...

Product, Corporate, announcement | October 07, 2015 | Alivia Smith

Olivier Grisel on Data Science for Beginners [Interview] [Part 2]

In the previous blogpost I wrote about sitting in on an interview of Olivier Grisel  by our own Florian Douetteau a couple weeks ago. This is the second part of that interview where they discuss...

Interview, data science, machine learning | October 04, 2015 | Alivia Smith

Big Data for Data Padawans Episode 4: Bringing Spark & Hadoop Together

This is it guys, the last episode of my quadrilogy on Spark for data padawans. For this last section, I've tried to sum up what having a technology like Spark in DSS brings to the mix. Tell me...

Hadoop, Data Science Basics, Product, spark, Data analysis | October 01, 2015 | Alivia Smith

Big Data for Data Padawans Episode 3: the Epic Battle of Spark vs Hadoop

After learning about Hadoop and distributed data storage, and what exactly Spark is in the previous episodes, it's time to dig a little deaper to understand why even if Spark is great, it isn't...

Hadoop, Data Science Basics, spark, Data analysis | September 30, 2015 | Alivia Smith

Big Data for Data Padawans Episode 2: What's the Deal with Spark?

Spark is the talk at every data conference these days. But what's the big deal with it anyways? While glad you asked, I happen to have wondered that myself.

Data Science Basics, spark, Data analysis | September 30, 2015 | Alivia Smith

Big Data for Data Padawans Episode 1: What Exactly is Hadoop?

If you're like me and you work near data but don't have much technical background, you must have heard about Hadoop. Let's try and figure out what it is together.

Hadoop, Data Science Basics, Data analysis | September 28, 2015 | Alivia Smith

Olivier Grisel on scikit-learn [Interview] [Part 1]

A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to sit in on an interview of Olivier Grisel (OG) by our own Florian Douetteau (FD). Olivier is one of the main contributors of the sckit-learn Machine...

Interview, data science, machine learning | September 27, 2015 | Alivia Smith

From Dataiku DSS fan to the Marketing Team

This is the (epic) story behind how I found out about Dataiku, why I decided to join, and what my role in the company is going to be (hint: you and I are going to become buddies).

Corporate, Team | September 03, 2015 | Alivia Smith
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