Also this spring, Stanford will be offering two more courses that might benefit a person learning data science.
If you feel these 2 classes might be a bit too advanced at this point, then here are a couple more fundamental computer science classes. If you are new to computer science and programming, CS 101 would be a good choice. If you are not not as new to computer science or might be a bit rusty on your core algorithms knowledge, then Design and Analysis of Algorithms 1 might be appropriate.
Actually, the courses are no longer being offered by just Stanford. A few others schools have been added. The courses are now being offered through Coursera. Plus all the courses are free.
Science will use gaming for crunching data
This is an interesting article about how science will use online-gaming to solve some of sciences most difficult questions. Players think they are just solving puzzles.
Jeremy Howard is the Chief Scientist at Kaggle. At the end of this interview, from the Strata Conference 2012, he identified 4 simple traits that a data scientist needs.
- A Good Skillset
Jeremy Howard of Kaggle at Strata 2012
In this brief interview he covers a range of other data science topics:
- Big Data is an engineering problem
- Analytics generate value/insight from data
- Predictive Modeling is about answering a question – build a model to do that
- Is Data Science about tools or people? – watch the video for Jeremy’s answer
- And others…
See this previous post for more videos from Strata 2012.
The Strata Conference Making Data Work for 2012 just finished up. If you (like me) were unable to attend the conference, you may have missed out on some of the networking and excitement of actually being at the conference, but you can still glean some knowledge from the videos.
Steve Schoettler “Learning Analytics”
This is a good video about how data can be used to help people learn.
There are many other Strata 2012 videos available as well. See below for links to them.
Other Strata 2012 Videos
See the O’Reilly Strata CA 2012 Playlist on Youtube for more videos. The videos contain numerous interviews with the speakers and even a few of the talks. Also, many of the slide decks can be found on the Strata Conference website.
Have fun catching up on everything that happened at Strata Conference 2012.
Max Lin of Google Research provides a great slide deck. The title is self-explanitory.