The National Basketball Association is hosting an Analytics Hackathon.
Application are accepted until August 6, 2017 and the actual competition occurs on September 23-24, 2017. The competition has 2 focus areas:
The lines between analytics and data science can definitely be very blurry. Different companies might call the same position by two different names, but at their core, they do have some differences.
Below is an infographic from the faculty of the Online MS in Analytics at American University. I think the infographic is accurate.
In my opinion, a true data scientist should spend more time creating and programming new algorithms while a business analyst should spend more time applying existing algorithms.
A couple of notes
Years of Education are not much different, but the academic disciplines are very different. Data Scientists tend to have degrees with more rigorous mathematical training. For me, this is the biggest differentiator.
It appears financial institutions prefer business analysts while the government and colleges prefers data scientists
Surprisingly, Business analyst jobs are projected to grow faster than data scientists (27% to 15%), not sure I totally agree with that!
Organizations everywhere are racing to build analytics/data science teams. Big Data is everywhere and companies don’t want to fall behind. Unfortunately, many organizations are struggling to get started because of questions similar to the following:
How will Analytics help us?
What does an analytics team look like in our organization?
How do we start?
Luckily, the analytics team at 500px, a photography community site, was kind enough to provide a detailed overview, Building Analytics at 500px, of what really happens when building an analytics team. The overview provides:
If your organization is considering adding an analytics or data science team, this article is definitely worth reading.
My previous list of Colleges with Data Science Degrees has grown very large, and numerous people have requested the ability to sort and/or filter. Thus, I built a new list. It is available at: Data Science Colleges. As far as I know, this is the most comprehensive list of data science programs available. Here are some of the features it offers:
Over 200 Programs
Certificate, Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate programs included
Sort and Filter Programs
US and International
Ability to download the raw data as CSV or JSON
Yes, you read that last one correctly. All the data is freely available for you. If you do use the data for something, I would love to know and potentially blog about it.
The list will continue to evolve. If you find any broken links or missing programs, please leave a comment. Also, please leave a comment if you can think of ways to improve the list.