Caltech Machine Learning Course Now on EdX

The widely popular Caltech course, Learning from Data, will be offered on EdX this fall. The course starts September 25, 2014, and it will run for 10 weeks. Here is an abbreviated list of the course topics.

  • Linear Models
  • Bias/Variance
  • Neural Networks
  • Cross Validation
  • and much more

EdX offers a number of other Data Science related courses. See all of them on the Statistics and Data Analysis course list.

Wanna Be a Data Engineer? – Insight Data Engineering Can Help

Last week, I got the opportunity to spend some time with the team from Insight Data Engineering. They offer a free program that trains people to be data engineers. Then they help those people connect with a job at an impressive company. The program runs a few times a year and consists of 6 intense weeks learning about and working on a data engineering project.

Although the program is free, it does have a highly-selective application process. Once accepted, you can expect the following:

  • A beautiful office space in sunny Palo Alto, CA
  • Mentoring from experts in the field
  • Meet and Greets with some of the biggest names in data science
  • Introductions to some of the leading data engineering companies
  • Access to a growing network of program alumni
  • A bright future as a data engineer

Insight Data Engineering is the same company that has run Insight Data Science, a similar type of program but for scientists instead of engineers, for the past 2 years. That program has 100% placement so far, and I don’t see that number ever changing. The program has an excellent advisory board that is actively involved in the program.

The Data Engineering program is actively accepting applications for the next session scheduled to start in September. Hurry, the deadline for applications is July 7, 2014.

Data Science Startup Ideas

  • Individualized Online Data Science Training – Create a series of training materials that can walk a student through different data science topics. The student should be able to go as slow or fast as possible, and it would be even better if mentors could be crowdsourced for help with projects. The training should cost a fee and mentors should be given a cut of that fee. Alternatively, the site could act as a recruitment site and a finder’s fee could be charged to companies that hire a student.
  • Build a Data Science Community – A site where users can share, evaluate, and collaborate on data analysis. I am hoping Sense, Domino Data Labs, or Mode becomes this community, but I think they are all focused on the infrastructure of doing data science, which is probably the important first step. Maybe the community could be built by calling into the APIs of those sites.
  • Random Kindness – Use data about peoples location and interests to encourage people to perform random acts of kindness for others around them. I realize this might have some privacy concerns.
  • Brand Tracking – Collect social activity about a brand and track its sentiment over time. The results could displayed geographically or by customer segment. Bonus points (and dollars), for being able to predict the factors that increase sentiment.
  • Online Marketplace for Data Science Consultants – Allow consultants to easily demonstrate their value and allow companies/individuals to easily find the right consultants. Allow the site to handle the transaction of money. I think Experfy is very close, but I would like it a bit more public. Possibly, allow consultants to build up a public portfolio.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any data science startup ideas or ideas you wish someone would build?

Data Science Stack Exchange

Stack Exchange, the company that brought Stack Overflow into the world, has recently released Data Science Stack Exchange.

This is a site for asking and answering questions related to data science, big data, and machine learning. Oh yes, and it is free.

Zipfian Academy Launches New Fellowship and Data Engineering Programs

Zipfian Academy, the company that offers the 12-week immersive training for data science, has just announced 2 new programs.

  1. Data Fellows 6-Week Fellowship – A free and intensive program to fill in your knowledge gaps and match you up with a top company. Hurry, applications are due today (June 16, 2014).
  2. Data Engineering 12-Week Immersive – A 12-week program to prepare software engineers to handle big data.

See the original announcement on the Zipfian blog or attend an upcoming virtual information session.

Last week, I got the opportunity to visit the Zipfian Academy office and sit down with the team (Ryan, Jonathan, and Katie). The programs are going well, and they strongly believe in the immersive nature of their program. I would have to agree; the program appears to be working well and graduates have a 91% placement rate and an average starting salary of $115,000. They even referred to it as a new alternative to graduate school. The future of Zipfian is exciting as the team hinted at some plans in the coming months and years. Stay tuned to this blog or join the Zipfian mailing list for future information.

Here is a video of Ryan Orban, one of the Zipfian Academy cofounders, explaining the new programs.

School of Data Science Launched by Persontyle

Recently, Persontyle launched their School of Data Science. The goal is to produce data science training and education for professionals. Here is a brief list of the type of programs being offered.

The offerings a not free, but they look very good and are taught in cities around the globe.

They are different than Coursera and Udacity because the training is more specific and individualized. Plus, it is targeted at businesses and working professionals. A number of other companies offer data science training, but Persontyle appears to be the only ones offering data science training without trying to push their own products. If you or your organization is looking for training in data science, I would highly recommend The School of Data Science from Persontyle.

Coursera's Intro to Data Science Returns

The Coursera platform will once again be hosting the amazing course Introduction to Data Science from the University of Washington. The course will
start June 30, 2014. It is free, and it will last 8 weeks.

Having taken the course the previous time it was offered, I would highly recommend the course for anyone interested in digging into data science.