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Transitioning from Academia to Industry

Transitioning from Academia to Industry

Learn about the greatest differences between a data science role in academia and a software engineering role in industry. How to prepare for the transition?

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Transitioning from academia to industry can be challenging. Based on working as a data scientist in research and as a DevOps engineer in industry, I share what I find are the greatest differences between working in academia vs industry. Finally, I offer some tips on how to prepare for an industry job.

Studying Bioinformatics: Is it Worth it?

Studying Bioinformatics: Is it Worth it?

Prospects as a bioinformatics graduate

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Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field at the junction of computer science and biology. Considering aspects such as job options, however, is it worth studying bioinformatics?

Why Academic Software Sucks

Why Academic Software Sucks

What can academic coders learn from software developers in industry?

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The way in which academic software is developed differs starkly from the way that software is engineered in industry. In this article, I summarize the main differences between academic and professional software development and reveal how academics can up their game.

Inference vs Prediction

Inference vs Prediction

Generative modeling or predictive modeling?

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Inference is concerned with learning about the data generation process, while prediction is concerned with estimating the outcome for new observations. These contrasting principles are associated with the the generative modeling and machine learning communities. Here, I showcase the differences and similarities between the two concepts and offer insights about what the practitioners from both fields can learn from each other.