Highlights of the White House BigData Research Initiative

Yesterday's announcement included a few main highlights: NIH will make 200TB of human genetic variation data freely available on Amazon Web Services NSF will provide $2M in support of undergraduate education for studying graphical and visualization techniques of bigdata DoD will announce some prize competitions in the coming months Numerous other projects to increase data … Continue reading Highlights of the White House BigData Research Initiative

List of Free Courses Online

Having trouble keeping track of what schools offer what courses for free online? Problem solved! Class Central maintains a updated list of courses from Coursera(Stanford), Udacity, MITx, and others as they become available. Not all of the courses are related to data science, but I still thought it was valuable to share the link. Check … Continue reading List of Free Courses Online

Use Data Science to Help The World (Data Without Borders)

Data Without Borders Jake Porway started Data Without Borders because he attended a hack-a-thon and the groups came up with apps that didn't really better the world very much. I believe he used the word, "unfulfilling" to describe the apps. He decided to create a way to provide organizations (Government or non-profit) with access to … Continue reading Use Data Science to Help The World (Data Without Borders)

Think Stats – An Online Statistics Book For Programmers

Previously I mentioned that online statistics learning resources are not abundant. Well, here is a new online book for learning statistics. It is geared towards programmers, and it looks to be a great fit for people wanting to learn data science.  Here is a small excerpt from the Preface: It emphasizes the use of statistics … Continue reading Think Stats – An Online Statistics Book For Programmers

What's The Big Data?

From Simon Rogers, “What is a Data Scientist?”:

“Someone who can bridge the raw data and the analysis – and make it accessible. It’s a democratising role; by bringing the data to the people, you make the world just a little bit better.”–Simon Rogers

“A data scientist is that unique blend of skills that can both unlock the insights of data and tell a fantastic story via the data.”–DJ Patil

“A data scientist is someone who blends, math, algorithms, and an understanding of human behavior with the ability to hack systems together to get answers to interesting human questions from data.”–Hilary Mason

“A data scientist is a rare hybrid, a computer scientist with the programming abilities to build software to scrape, combine, and manage data from a variety of sources and a statistican who knows how to derive insights from the information within. S/he combines the…

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