data science

Nailing the Tech Interview

by Jess K December 2, 2013

Cross-posted from Women in Astronomy A year ago, I made the transition from astrophysicist to data scientist. One of the harder parts of making the transition was convincing a tech company (during the interview process) that I could do the job. Having now been on both sides of the interview table, I’d like to share some […]


Read more →

Immersing Yourself in Your Data: Using Virtual World Engines to Solve “Big” Data

by Guest March 25, 2013

This is a guest post by Alex Cioc, who is a sophomore at Caltech, working on new data visualization techniques.  In the era of “Big Data” science, the real challenges come not from the sheer volume of data obtained but rather from the complexity of these data. For example, in a typical sky survey we […]


Read more →

Astronomy vs. Data Science

by Jess K February 4, 2013

In response to my last post about the transition from Astronomer to Data Scientist many readers wanted to know the pros and cons of academia versus tech.  In the below post I outline a few of the major differences between these career paths.  Obviously, there is a lot of variety in individual companies, institutions, and experiences — […]


Read more →

Filtergraph: A Web-based Data Visualization Application

by Guest October 15, 2012

Dan Burger is a Computer Science graduate student at Vanderbilt University. He has been working with the Astroinformatics Group on how to dynamically handle and visualize large volumes of data. Datasets. If you work in astronomy, chances are you have them. They are hardly the romantic vision that you had when you decided to go into […]


Read more →