• Peter Baumgartner, Data Scientist, RTI International
Improving Estimates of Arrest Related Deaths with Machine Learning
In 2015, the Bureau of Justice Statistics launched a redesign of the Arrest Related Deaths (ARD) program to include multiple methods of identifying and confirming arrest related deaths. In this talk we'll walk through the technical aspects of the redesign, including how natural language processing, machine learning, and the python ecosystem played a key role in reducing the volume of incoming news articles for review by 99%. This is a “behind the scenes” look at a project FiveThirtyEight declared one of the best data stories of 2016.
• Amy Nail, Lead Consultant & Owner, Honestat Statistics & Analytics
Determining Cause and Effect from Observational Data
For a very specific problem situation--determining the effect of a binary categorical variable such as treatment vs control--I will compare different methods used to achieve the balance that a controlled experiment/randomized controlled trial would typically be used to achieve.
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