Ashton Black

Ashton Black

Ashton is a Data Scientist at Othot.

Data and Analytics in a World of Virtual Campus Visits

By Ashton Black | April 15, 2020

In predictive modeling, if the input component (i.e. data) is poor, the output (i.e. predictions, insights) usually suffers. A good practice to ensure a higher quality input component is to collect the data in as detailed of a fashion as possible. This gives those who are [...]

One Size Does Not Fit All

By Ashton Black | October 28, 2016

Differentiating with Preprocessing, Machine Learning Algorithms, and "What-If" Scenarios Everyone is unique. We fill our free time a number of different ways. We spend a night out at our favorite restaurant, enjoying different types of cuisine. We buy clothes from certain [...]

Data Tells A Story

By Ashton Black | July 25, 2016

"What’s the story?" This question, while seemingly simple, is such an important component of what we do at Othot. Here is why. Anytime we work with (customer) data we begin with a plan, mapping out everything that is required to accomplish the tasks we are working to complete [...]

The Art of Data Science

By Ashton Black | April 24, 2016

Much of what I do at Othot is focused around algorithms and data. Implementing the appropriate machine learning algorithms is important in order to build models and generate predictions. At the same time, it is important to have sufficient data when building these models. Each [...]

How "Accurate" is Accuracy?

By Ashton Black | December 27, 2015

A classification model works to identify to which of a group of categories a record belongs. Binary classification is a type of classification model, operating to identify which of two classes a record belongs to (frequently a yes/no classification). The model is built using [...]

Practicing to Win

By Ashton Black | May 10, 2015

I ran track in college, specifically pole vault was my game – and the 4x4 relay when coach wanted to punish me for something. As you could assume, my training was very different than that of a thrower or distance runner, but we all shared common goals: to jump higher, throw [...]

What Is an Algorithm?

By Ashton Black | March 1, 2015

“This word for a process that leads to a solution to a problem comes from the Arabic name of a 9th century mathematician.” A few weeks ago, three contestants were presented with this question during the final round of America’s favorite quiz show, Jeopardy! Upon completion of [...]