Evolving Floorplans – by Joel Simon

Joel Simon is the genius behind an experimental project exploring optimized school blueprints. Joel used graph-contraction and ant-colony pathing algorithms as growth processes, which could generate elementary school designs optimized for all kinds of characteristics: walking time, hallway usage, outdoor views, and escape routes just to name a few.   Definitely check out the original write-up if you…

So You Think You Can (A/B) Test?

Decision making under uncertainty is complicated. These days, many business rely on real-life experiments, or A/B tests, to reduce that uncertainty and improve their decision-making. For instance, here’s a presentation on how A/B testing helps improve business outcomes at Etsy. Lukas Vermeer built So You Think You Can Test, an online simulation game in which you are the…

A/B testing and Statistics at Etsy, by Emily Robinson

Generating numbers is easy; generating numbers you should trust is hard! Emily Robinson is a data scientist at Etsy, an e-commerce website for handmade and vintage products. In the #rstats community, Emily is nearly as famous as her brother David Robinson, whom we know from the tidytext R-package. Like any large tech company, Etsy relies heavily…

Robert Coombs and his application robot

Robert Coombs wanted to see whether he could land a new job. He was aware that, these days, organizations often employ applicant tracking systems to progress/fail incoming applications. Hence, Robert concluded that he had two challenges in his search for a new job: He was up against leaders in their field, so his resume wouldn’t…