Chapter 3 Understand Problem

The sink of Titanic. Credits: Canoe1967/

Figure 3.1: The sink of Titanic. Credits: Canoe1967/

Most of Data Science project initiated by business organizations and having specific objectives. The list of the objective can be endless ranging from finding out problems, abstract patterns and predict future. It is essential to have fully understood problem and well defined objectives for a successful data science project. In this book, I will choose the famous “Titanic problem”.
The sinking of the RMS Titanic occurred on the night of 14 April 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean, four days into the ship’s maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, USA. The largest passenger liner in service at the time, Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg at around 23:40 (ship’s time) on Sunday, 14 April 1912. Her sinking two hours and forty minutes later at 02:20 (05:18 GMT) on Monday, 15 April resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, which made it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

Later, in 1997 American film director James Cameron turned this disastrous and tragic event into an epic romance film. The film star Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet outstanding performance in the film makes it a best selling movie in the year 1997.

Perhaps people are touched not only by the love story but also by the humanity norms in the life and death situation that is famous - “Lady and children first”. Now it is considered “the motto of the sea”.