By Sarmila Basu, Nov 21, 2017
Numbers don’t lie, and they don’t judge. They don’t care if you’re a woman, or where you grew up, or if you speak with an accent. These are some of the thoughts I’ve had after speaking at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference and the Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference. After my presentations, I met with diverse groups of young women who are entering fields rooted in math and science. They wanted to know how I got here, what kind of training I’ve had, how I got on the management track, and how I came to lead a data analytics team at Microsoft.
By Sarmila Basu, Oct 05, 2017
Thousands of people die every year from a common infection that you can get when you go to the hospital. It’s called Clostridium Difficile 101 (or CDIFF for short), and people get infected with it 500,000 times per year, and devastatingly, it kills 29,000 people per year in the U.S. How are data scientists like those on my Data and Decision Sciences team in Microsoft IT able to help?
By Sarmila Basu, Sep 05, 2017
Sarmila Basu’s team of data scientists is using machine learning and modeling to save Microsoft millions of dollars on heating, cooling, and other facilities maintenance costs.
By Sarmila Basu, Aug 08, 2017
Thanks to data analytics and machine learning, we are now discovering that the exact words teachers use to give students feedback is among several factors that directly influence whether a student succeeds or fails academically. And furthermore, whether she stays in school or drops out.
By Sarmila Basu, Jul 06, 2017
When you bring together a wildly diverse group of geniuses, the hard part isn’t finding work for them to do; it’s finding something that’s hard for them to solve, something so challenging that they get a little bit mad and a lot fired up. If not, they’ll get bored and they might wander off. That’s why it has taken me seven years to build my team: an eclectic mix of statisticians, economists, mathematicians, electrical engineers, biophysicists, and telecommunications specialists who are helping shape the way Microsoft uses data.