Grant Kim

Grant Kim

Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering

About My Data+ Experience

“The most surprising thing I gained from Data+ was patience. Starting the project, I imagined an explosion of results around every corner. Beautiful graphs with clear trends and machine learning models with near-perfect performance. But then I realized it isn’t like picking plump fruit off a tree. It’s more like hoeing potatoes from the ground. You need the persistence to keep digging and the humility to get dirty. Only then you start getting those golden nuggets.

Data+ made me realize that data science research is surprisingly pragmatic. I came in thinking that success in data science came down to statistical brilliance, but in reality, the key to success is flexibility. 99% of the methods we tried did not work, and the only way we moved forward was changing our perspective of the problem.”

Related Projects

Samantha Garland (Computer Science), Grant Kim (Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering), and Preethi Seshadri (Data Science) spent ten weeks exploring factors that influence patient choices when faced with intermediate-stage prostate cancer diagnoses. They used topic modeling in an analysis of a large collection of clinical appointment transcripts. Executive Summary (PDF) Disciplines Involved: Economics, PreHealth/PreMed, Biology,...