Today is the first day of the new academic year at the University of Utah. This semester I am teaching MATH 3070: Applied Statistics I, the fourth time I’ve taught this course.
CapitalOne contacted me a few months ago and requested that I apply for an internship with them for a data science related position. I never got the job (nor did I really want it; I had already agreed to teach during the summer and I was apprehensive about leaving people hanging, and also about moving), but I did go through part of the interview process. CapitalOne had me complete their data science challenge, which had some problems that were supposedly common tasks in data science. Some of it I was not well equipped for, such as regression; I was used to regression from an econometric point of view, not a computer science or data science point of view, and I was still learning. But there was one part of the challenge that I remember very well, and I was very happy with the solution.