(a) Why do you imagine we assigned Brian David Gilbert’s video immediately after Caffo/Peng/Leek’s ‘Executive Data Science’? Highlight some ways that Gilbert applies any of the five steps of the data science process. What are some general lessons about quantitative research that we could learn from either of these sources and apply to other topics?
(b) With Macdonald’s article in mind, reflect on how data collection, gathering, and interpretation are influenced by wider social, political, and cultural contexts and undercurrents in your own professional field.
(c) Comment on anything unique or noteworthy in the way Molnar uses quantitative analysis in his profile of South Bend, IN to enable and enhance the socioeconomic insights he makes about how this community has changed over time.