What Smoking did for Data Science

How survival analysis was born out of necessity

Keith McNulty

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Anyone who is, like me, a fan of the US TV show Mad Men, will recall that a substantial thread of the plot and historical context of that outstanding period drama revolves around smoking. In the 1960s, the US medical establishment were pivoting towards a point of view that smoking was a cancer-causing habit — a hard thing for them to face up to since they pretty much all smoked themselves.

Today, massively fewer numbers of people smoke habitually or at all. We are…

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Keith McNulty

Pure and Applied Mathematician. LinkedIn Top Voice in Tech. Expert and Author in Data Science and Statistics. Find me on LinkedIn, Twitter or keithmcnulty.org