All posts by Ryan Swanstrom

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 data scientists. His thinking goes like this. There are lots of data scientists that love to work with data. There are great organization with lots of data. If the two can be matched together, what amazing things can be done? Data Without Borders hopes to find out.

Data Without Borders organizes a bunch of DataDives, which are weekend hack-a-thons that match up a group of data scientists and developers with data.

Jake concluded with some wonderful remarks:

What if we started using data not just to make better decisions about what kind of movies we wanted to see? What if we started using data to make betters decisions about what kind of a world we wanted to see?

What is Data Without Borders looking for?

Jake’s Presentation at PopTech

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 to explore large datasets.

I have only had time to quickly browse the book, but it looks quite good.

Think Stats: Probability and Statistics for Programmers

(The book has a Creative Commons license, so it is free and OK to download)

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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Informative Big Data Video

A nice, short, 2 minute video from edCetra Training with some good facts about big data and data analysis.

  • The digital universe is 10 times the size it was in 2006
  • Greater literacy and cloud computing are helping fuel big data
  • 80% of companies data is unstructured – difficult to analyze
  • Employees spend 2 hours per day searching for the right information