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Data Science Tropes: Cowboys and Sirens

As Abraham Maslow—he of the eponymous hierarchy of needs—said in 1966, "I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." To a fledgling Data Scientist (say, a college sophomore) who has just found out about the wonders of Machine Learning (ML), nothing beats the adrenaline rush of discovering their hammer: the ability to sign up on Kaggle, install xgboost, fire up a Jupyter notebook and, within 10 minutes, submit their first Machine Learning model in a competition. …