New Data Science Certificate Program – Cal State Fullerton

If you are interested in earning a data science certificate, California State University Fullerton has just announced a new data science certificate program.

The program is entirely online and runs 1 course at a time starting in late February 2015. The 5th and final course should complete sometime in late 2015. Thus, the entire program lasts less than a year. Below are some more details on the program.

What do you need to get into the program?

  • Bachelor’s Degree in math, CS, stats, business, science, or other related field
  • A couple year’s work experience

What type of people should attend this program?

  • Someone intested in transitioning to data science career
  • Managers whom wish to better understand data-driven decisions
  • Programmers and Statisticians looking to become data scientists
  • Analysts looking to move beyond Excel


Full Disclosure: I am a member of the Advisory Board for this program.

National Data Science Bowl

Kaggle and Booz | Allen | Hamilton have just launched the National Data Science Bowl. It is a data science competition hosted at Kaggle.

If you are interested in getting started, a tutorial is available in iPython format. Best of Luck!

Wisdom from Geoffrey Hinton

Geoffrey Hinton recently did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). It contains some good information related to neural networks and deep learning.

Also, below is a lengthy video of a distinguished lecture Geoffrey gave at the Toyota Technological Institute in Chicago.

Considering Julia? Here Are Some Resources

Julia is a new programming language that is quickly gaining traction in the statistics and data science world. It is a high-level language, yet the speed is comparable with lower-level languages like C and fortran. Below are some resources for various types of people.

Do you love the academic paper?

Julia: A Fresh Approach to Numerical Computing – An academic paper that includes a brief overview of the language as well as a description of the Julia architecture, benchmarks and much more.

You want to start with the Official Language Docs

The Julia Language is well-documented. There is even a style guide in the docs.

Forget the paper and docs, You want to try it Now!

JuliaBox – Web-hosted implementation of IJulia. IJulia is a collaboration with IPython to provide an interface for writing Julia code in a web browser. Use this option if you want to start right now and figure the details out later.

Slow down, Try some tutorials first

Forio Julia Tutorials – The tutorials expect you to install Julia Studio IDE, but JuliaBox above should be sufficient. The tutorials contain enough code to get you started. Then the tutorials advance to larger and more complex problems.

You prefer to see someone use Julia first