Stitch Fix | Let Curiosity Drive: Fostering Innovation in Data Science

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The author is the Chief Algorithms Officer for Stitch Fix. The post is about how curiosity, not a structured process, is responsible for the highest-value data science outcomes.

The real value of data science lies not in making existing processes incrementally more efficient but rather in the creation of new algorithmic capabilities that enable step-function changes in value. However, such capabilities are rarely asked for in a top-down fashion. Instead, they are discovered and revealed through curiosity-driven tinkering by data scientists.

Highly recommended. The ideas are not totally out totally foreign, but they're presented in a way that will help you see them in a new light.

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