So I followed the herd and had a look at the Kaggle site. Interesting indeed.
I liked the little video about the Titanic but missed Celine Dion.
I'm not involved in R programming but the analysis "Exploring Survival on the Titanic" by Megan Risdal is kinda interesting, especially the breakdown by family size that shows that the survival rate of single passengers was horrible compared with families of up to 4. But familes >4 also had a rotten rate.
I guess a word to the wise would be: Don't travel alone on a 1912 ocean liner ...
@magneticnorth: Anonymizing the data (or, at the very least, the data source, the organization, and related salient points) helps, I tend to think.
In any case, I think it depends upon the nature of the data and the business (e.g., something bland like bounce rates on an unidentified website versus trade secrets). Just as in regular conversation, there are some things you can talk about with outsiders (e.g., at a dinner party) when it comes to your work and your business, and some things you can't. Your mileage may vary.
@kq4ym It is amazing, isn't it? I was under the impression that most data scientists' work would be under some non-disclosure agreement, but now there's a community where you could showcase your work. Kaggle is something I wouldn't have thought would emerge but here it is. I guess there's more collaboration to be had than I'd foreseen.
Kaggle can also help users find free datasets from governments and other entities that might be hard to otherwise find. You also create and upload your own datasets and share links to it for potential employers.
It may be impossible to predict the perfect bracket, but these academics have managed to predict perfectly the "at large" bids that were included in the March Madness NCAA college basketball tournament this year and with 96% accuracy over the last 6 years.
Will analytics become a basic part of every college and university curriculum? What will the next generation of workers know about analytics, and what new skills are tomorrow's analysts studying today?