Picture of Exceptional Drought
Picture of Exceptional Drought
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For my Unit 2 portfolio project in the Data Science program at Lambda School, I decided to move further out of my comfort zone. I chose to work with a Kaggle dataset compiled by Christoph Minixhofer. The aim of the Predict Droughts using Weather & Soil Data is to predict 6 levels of continental US drought levels using meteorological & soil data. The underlying data was gathered by the experts at the US Drought Monitor and the UN harmonized soil database.

To avoid data leakage, the dataset author had already split it into a Training (Jan. 1, 2000 to Dec…

For this litigation attorney on his way to becoming a data scientist (shoutout to Lambda School) the first significant portfolio project presented an interesting challenge. I could focus on something specifically legal such as court case outcomes or something similar. But I wanted to branch out of my comfort zone and analyze datasets that were largely unfamiliar. A law school friend suggested that we explore the Digital Divide¹ at Georgia schools as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and how that has affected student performance and learning loss. This idea peaked my interest! …

Ivan Mihailov

Aspiring Data Scientist/Former Litigation Attorney

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