Take and Learn Statistics For Free

Last week, Udacity started a course on Introduction to Statistics, Making Decisions Based on Data. This is a beginners level course on statistics, so it should be accessible to everyone. The course consists of seven units, which are intended to last about one week each. Udacity does not enforce any time limits though. Homework problems are also a part of the course, so you will get a chance to practice what you learn.

Udacity is a learning environment similar to Coursera. I would say the presentation is more focused on the web and the experience is a bit more enjoyable. Courses at both sites are taught by professors from top universities and other leading experts in the field. Both sites offer lots of knowledge for free, and I say try them both. Then let you own personal preference decide which you like better.

What do you think about Udacity? Have you tried it?

Data From eReaders

Reading Your E-book is Reading You in the Wall Street Journal, is an excellent example of data science. Book publishers now know how much of a book readers will finish, how long they read, what book they read next, and lots of other stuff. Read the article and find out more. It also opens the door to some privacy issues.

A big thanks to Mark Nickel for sharing the article with me.