How to use data science to buy a car

The process of buying a pre-owned car can take a lot of time. You can find thousands of cars online and offline and you can easily spend hours or days comparing them as the pricing of pre-owned cars is not very transparent. Therefore, I decided to search for a car in the nerdiest way possible: by scraping a car website and creating a model to predict the market value of pre-owned cars.

The data

Since I want to have a dataset to both train the machine learning model and to select potential cars…


Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we’ve seen a surge in fake news exploiting public fear and uncertainty around the pandemic. The World Health Organization calls this spread of fake news an infodemic.

Fake news is not a new phenomenon, but this infodemic is exacerbated by the global scale of the COVID-19 emergency and the interconnected way information is shared via social media platforms.

“We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic.”- WHO Director-General

According to a report of the British Center for Countering Digital Hate, 90% of social media posts containing misleading information remained visible online after…


Female directors in the film industry are underrepresented and even though ‘Hollywood’s female director problem’ has been the source of discussion over the past years, there have been no major changes in the representation of female directors in the film industry. To narrow the gender gap, media companies simply have to start hiring more female film directors. Apart from the public discussion about women being underrepresented in the film industry, there is another incentive for media companies to narrow this gap: data shows that we prefer movies directed by women.

Existing research on the gender gap in the film industry…

Melissa de Beyer

Senior consultant and self-taught data scientist| Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissadebeyer

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