Sammy Garland

Sammy Garland

Computer Science, Decision Science Certificate, Chinese minor

About My Data+ Experience

“I LOVE the Data+ program! Not only has it helped me improve my technical skills (I’d never worked with machine learning before this summer, and that’s what my project was all about!), but I also learned how to work collaboratively on programming tasks and balance my client’s expectations vs our own curiosity and wish to explore various methods.

I already had a pretty good idea of what participating in data science research entailed from last summer, but this summer served to reinforce those beliefs. Participating in data science research is messy — there’s always more data that can be cleaned or re-interpreted, you have to always be communicating with your group to update them on what you find, and so many paths don’t work out — but rewarding when you finally figure out how to work your problem and you get results you are confident of.”

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,...
Selen Berkman (ECE, CompSci), Sammy Garland (Math), and Aaron VanSteinberg (CompSci, English) spent ten weeks undertaking a data-driven analysis of the representation of women in film and in the film industry, with special attention to a metric called the Bechdel Test. They worked with data from a number of sources, including and Project Results: The team showed that movies which pass the Bechdel...