While most of the big newspaper Peeps diorama contests have faded away, a new leader in the tradition is emerging. This is the second year for the World’s Finest Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest, also known as #PeepYourScience, and the judges had a hard time deciding among 70 entries. Now the winners have been announced, and the Golden Peep Award has been bestowed on the above diorama, called A Peep into the Life of a Data Scientist by Kerri Barton, Ally Hinton, Jaclyn Janis, Lee Lucas, Kim Murray, Shravanthi Seshasayee, and Deanna Williams. See a larger version here.
Our diorama captures four key data science tasks: data cleaning, data wrangling, data modeling, and data delivery. In each scene, the bunny peeps are the data scientists, and the chick peeps are data. The first scene represents the bulk of the work of data scientists, data cleaning. The second scene further depicts the data scientist’s task of taming messy data, or data wrangling. Sometimes data are missing, hence the “Wanted” chick peep sign. Once the data are ready to be analyzed, the data scientist will use statistical models to answer a question. In the data modeling scene, a chick peep takes on the runway before an audience of bunnies. Finally, when it is time to tell the world about scientific findings, a data scientist will deliver this information in the form of a journal article, represented by our bunny “stork” delivering articles (about positive end-expiratory pressure – PEEP).