Flash Statistics | Marco Andreoni on The Artists of Data Science Podcast

Some notable segments from the show

[9:01] Marco’s inspiration for creating flash statistics

Where to listen to the episode

Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, YouTube, or on your favorite podcast platform.

Marco’s journey into data science

Marco’s always been good at math, but he didn’t know much about statistics. Luckily, he met some great professors while in college, which gave him advice and passed on knowledge regarding statistics.

Key takeaways from the episode

Relation of cryptography and data science

[5:59] Privacy is crucial in data science. Protecting and masking your data is important to every data scientist, and cryptography is the field of protecting and masking messages. This is how cryptography will interplay into data science now and in the future.

Flash statistics

[9:01] Marco’s inspiration for flash statistics started without a precise goal in mind. He wanted to challenge himself to make statistics more accessible. So he connected his passion for drawing with statistics to create flash statistics. It started off as a fun experiment, and ended up being a successful project.

Most misunderstood statistics topic

[17:57] Most people have a difficult time understanding P-values. When doing hypothesis testing, you never accept the null hypothesis. Rather, you check if there is evidence to reject the null hypothesis.

Data Science: art or science?

[22:34] A data scientist must be competent, creative, and communicative. A data scientist must follow the scientific approach, in order for the field of data science to have more scalability and reproducibility.

Importance of creativity

[32:00] Creativity is crucial. I believe it comes into play in two important ways: the way you communicate with others and the model you choose. If you are someone that does not see him or herself as a creative, just observe the experts and learn, then repeat their methodologies.

Tips on communicating effectively

[36:00] The audience is more impressed with your results, not your process. Just cover the main points of your results, and don’t stress on all the details.

Memorable quotes

The one thing that Marco wants you to learn from his story

[39:31] Creativity makes it easier to share both simple and complex concepts.

From the lightning round

Future of flash statistics

Marco wants to keep developing flash statistics episodes and even some books, with the hope of providing people a more meaningful platform to appreciate statistics.

What would you put on a billboard

Marco’s motto in life is “Give do ways to things”. Essentially, he only focuses on what matters most, without spending energy on useless issues.


Marco is motivated by working with skilled and qualified people interested in sharing knowledge. This allows him to perform at his best.

Advice to 18 year old self

Marco decided that he would not give his younger self any advice, since he firmly believes in learning through experience.

Recommended book

Marco recommends reading “Serve to Win” by Novak Djokovic.

Books and other media mentioned in this episode

The Creative Calling” by Chase Jarvis

Find Marco Online


Episode transcript

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