All posts by Dick Fear

About Dick Fear

Dick has been with Black Swan since day one. He founded our data science team, a group of labcoat-wearing doctors with diverse backgrounds in everything from astrophysics, to complex systems, to quantum computing. Collectively they know more algorithms than you can shake a stick at, and work as one to find innovative solutions to the toughest of business problems.

WHEN’S THE BEST DATE TO GO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING?

| Posted in Data Science

Our HR Director Rosie asked our Data Science Director Dick Fear to use data science to figure out when the best day in December is for Christmas shopping. Here’s what Dick had to say:

Dick has been with Black Swan since day one. He founded our data science team, a group of labcoat-wearing doctors with diverse backgrounds in everything from astrophysics, to complex systems, to quantum computing. Collectively they know more algorithms than you can shake a stick at, and work as one to find innovative solutions to the toughest of business problems.
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Data. First it was Big, then it was Open.

| Posted in Creativity

We are producing data at an astonishing rate, as more and more of our tools and toys become ‘smart’ this trend seems set to continue. Even the humble traffic light is now becoming incorporated into systems that make up our new ‘smart cities’.

Dick has been with Black Swan since day one. He founded our data science team, a group of labcoat-wearing doctors with diverse backgrounds in everything from astrophysics, to complex systems, to quantum computing. Collectively they know more algorithms than you can shake a stick at, and work as one to find innovative solutions to the toughest of business problems.
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Data Science – How Do We Do It? (Part 2)

| Posted in Data Science

I feel that opening with a dictionary definition of the word ‘pattern’ will lend bit of artistic flare to this post:

Pattern

/ˈpat(ə)n/

Noun

  1. A repeated decorative design. 
  2. A regular and intelligible form or sequence.
Dick has been with Black Swan since day one. He founded our data science team, a group of labcoat-wearing doctors with diverse backgrounds in everything from astrophysics, to complex systems, to quantum computing. Collectively they know more algorithms than you can shake a stick at, and work as one to find innovative solutions to the toughest of business problems.
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What Exactly is the Purpose of Data Science? (Part 1)

| Posted in Data Science

Everyone knows data science is important. Most people have heard stories about companies who used data science to predict the future, revolutionise their business, or even disrupt an industry. Many people know that data scientists ‘build models’, ‘write algorithms’ and ‘make predictions’. Few people know what those buzz words actually mean, let alone why we use them. The answer, in a nutshell, is simple: The purpose of data science is to find patterns.

Dick has been with Black Swan since day one. He founded our data science team, a group of labcoat-wearing doctors with diverse backgrounds in everything from astrophysics, to complex systems, to quantum computing. Collectively they know more algorithms than you can shake a stick at, and work as one to find innovative solutions to the toughest of business problems.
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Scale Free Social Networks

| Posted in Data Science, Insight

With a background in theoretical physics, I naturally have a great fondness for theoretically interesting, but not necessarily practically useful, tasks.

Dick has been with Black Swan since day one. He founded our data science team, a group of labcoat-wearing doctors with diverse backgrounds in everything from astrophysics, to complex systems, to quantum computing. Collectively they know more algorithms than you can shake a stick at, and work as one to find innovative solutions to the toughest of business problems.
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