Data Science Short Courses from Zipfian Academy

Zipfian Academy, the same company that is creating the 12 week intensive data science training course, will be offering a series of 6 short courses on data science. The courses will be 1.5 hours each and will be taught live in San Francisco. For those of you that cannot be in San Francisco, the courses will be recorded and available online.

The short courses are not free, $35 each or $150 for all, and seating is limited. The seating is limited to allow all students access to the instructors. The first short course starts tomorrow (May 28, 2013), so register now if you are interested. Here are links to all the short courses:

Tornado Path Visualization

Here is a data visualization of the paths of tornadoes in the US over the past 56 years. The brighter the blue, the more intense the tornado. This is also an excellent example of using opendata. The raw data is available at

Please continue to pray for the people in Moore, Oklahoma. If you feel moved to help, The Red Cross and Convoy of Hope are two organizations working in the area.

Probabilistic Programming and Bayesian Methods for Hackers Online Book

Probabilistic Programming and Bayesian Methods for Hackers is an open source online book. The book is developed with iPython, so it can be read in a variety of formats: web, PDF, or locally with iPython installed.

Also, contributions are welcome via the Github repository for the book (or you can email the authors).

This is the first iPython project I have really looked at, and iPython looks very promising.

Another Data Science Program in NYC (also online)

Recently, both NYU and Columbia launched academic programs in data science. Well, another school in New York City is entering the mix. The City University of New York (CUNY) is now offering an online masters degree in data analytics. If you would like more information, there will be an online information session on May 22.