Be A Data Rat

In this video, Jeff Hammerbacher of Cloudera mentions that good data scientists are “data rats.” Athletes are often considered “gym rats” if they spend a lot of time in the gym, so Jeff believes “data rats” need to spend a lot of time with data. Having a high level of curiosity is very important.

Jeff also teaches an introductory course in Data Science at Berkeley. In the course, he tries to cover 5 skills that are not typically covered in an undergraduate curriculum.

  1. Data Collection and Integration – know how to acquire and integrate data
  2. Visualization Design – not just chart design but entire dashboard design
  3. Large-scale Experimentation – rapidly design and deploy features to be tested
  4. Causal Inference – you don’t get to design the studies, you just deal with the data
  5. Data Products – how to deploy and evaluate a machine learning algorithm

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