Microbiologist turned into a data scientist! After 10 years of creating experimental data in the lab, I realized that my real passion was not in creating the data, but in finding and developing the story that the data held. I came to NYC Data Science Academy to develop the coding, statistics, and modeling skills needed to make that transition real. My favorite project from the academy was building a recommendation system for Yelp reviews. Trying to predict people’s subjective preferences is such a complicated task that has an almost endless list of options to consider when developing models!