These are chat archives for FreeCodeCamp/DataScience

2nd
Feb 2016
evaristoc
@evaristoc
Feb 02 2016 11:43

Hi @/all

THE DSR WEEKLY DIGEST:

DSR (DataScience Room) is an effort to gather campers of all levels and specializations willing to engage in discussion, collaboration and practice of data-related projects with focus on JS and FCC.

Previous Digest


Hi EVERYONE!

  • Question: who have been playing with the dataset recently? Talk about your results here!
  • Remember there is an issue opened with possible projects (#6387); also the @vicky002's list!
  • Those who are interested in mapping techniques or automating data capture should contact @hallaathrad offering help

Last Week...:

  • a public article I prepared about factors affecting the adoption of FCC project in medium freecodecamp was published
  • this week I worked a viz draft (exercise) to get an idea of campers' performance by using time per page GA data; @krisgesling was a contributor
  • @jameswinegar and @jbmartinez have been working on the hackaton
  • I have been posting links related to a topic I find very exciting: DataScience advances in online education, particularly automated (AI-ish) solution evaluation - professors? teachers? ... -; planning a small related project
  • a few post about what Data Science is, to remind you the generality of the definition
  • @qmikew1 suggested a python library (csvfix)
  • for those interested in computer-aided geography tools, @AdventureBear added a link about an ESRI event

Who is in?

  • now that bonfires are no more, I am thinking in preparing an article about them, with visualizations. Who is in?
  • inviting those who want to know more about d3js to improve the viz that @krisgesling and I have been working. NOTE: CoreTeam has considered this information useful!

In the FCC News...:

  • I haven't thought what... ideas?

... Next Week...:

  • focusing on the projects already discussed in previous weeks

Wish List:

  • creating small teams to analyse different aspects of the data and come every end of the month, for example, in order to put all our findings together for FCC to check
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 17:52
hi guys
anyone get on here ?
Herman Fassett
@HermanFassett
Feb 02 2016 17:53
@jorgon1022 sorta
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 17:54
this forum looks dead @HermanFassett
Brian
@sludge256
Feb 02 2016 17:55
The DataSci guys pop in and out throughout the day
Bruce Young
@mutantspore
Feb 02 2016 17:55
@jorgon1022 speak up lol
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 17:58
@mutantspore So I am starting to realize that I want to give this field a shot
i find it incredibly interesting but I need some guidance
@sludge256 There should be a data science camp on here
that would be so awesome
Bruce Young
@mutantspore
Feb 02 2016 17:59
@evaristoc seems to the the guy mainly driving the analysis of the FCC data and providing guidance and news.
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:01
@mutantspore THank you for that. Are you in that field by any chance
CamperBot
@camperbot
Feb 02 2016 18:01
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Bruce Young
@mutantspore
Feb 02 2016 18:03
not really. I made several of the D3 ziplines. I just have a background in several sciences, so messing with data is normal but I’m just some guy who’s interested like you :)
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:04
I am new to this place, and haven't even started FCC yet, but i know multiple languages and I'm participating in an danish computer science / data science / informatics competition, so I like algorithms and data structures. This place seems interesting, but I'm not rally sure what it's really about. It would be awesome if someone could help me (and @jorgon1022 ?) get an understanding of what there is to do in FCC DataScience :smile:
Bruce Young
@mutantspore
Feb 02 2016 18:05
this forum is mainly about analyzing FCC I think though I’m sure any datascience topic is ok
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:06
yeah fcc seems to be more geared towards web developing instead of actual computer programming and developing programs and stuff
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:06
OK, that could be interesting. Do you know what kind of data there is to analyze, by any means? ;)
Bruce Young
@mutantspore
Feb 02 2016 18:07
ok i see this noted earlier
"DSR (DataScience Room) is an effort to gather campers of all levels and specializations willing to engage in discussion, collaboration and practice of data-related projects with focus on JS and FCC."
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:07
you can use javascript for data science?
I thought you could only use other languages such as python, R, and excel
Bruce Young
@mutantspore
Feb 02 2016 18:08
th eFCC data i sopen scorce and you can download it .. not sur eof the link though.. all I can do is scroll back or perhaps on the FCC github site
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:08
Well you could probably use any language, but javascript seems like a weird language for data science to me too xD
thanks @mutantspore
CamperBot
@camperbot
Feb 02 2016 18:10
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jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:10
@ChristianBertram you familiar with data structures and algorithms? Stats, etc?
Bruce Young
@mutantspore
Feb 02 2016 18:10
I think @evaristoc does know/use R and python. He somethimes askes for help with CSS and HTML
CamperBot
@camperbot
Feb 02 2016 18:10
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jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:10
@mutantspore are you a math wiz?
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:11
@jorgon1022 well it's what I'm currently learning ;)
and I like math :P
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:11
@ChristianBertram at school or online?
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:11
thanks @sludge256
CamperBot
@camperbot
Feb 02 2016 18:11
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jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:12
@sludge256 thank you
CamperBot
@camperbot
Feb 02 2016 18:12
jorgon1022 sends brownie points to @sludge256 :sparkles: :thumbsup: :sparkles:
:warning: jorgon1022 already gave sludge256 points
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:12
@jorgon1022 well I'm in 8th grade (that may be one higher than what 8th grade is where you are from), but I study math in my free time, and have a mentor
Bruce Young
@mutantspore
Feb 02 2016 18:13
:point_up: December 16, 2015 4:35 AM. is a mention of R and Python
@jorgon1022 lol no .. Biology and Astronomy are my areas .. and web stuff
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:14
@jorgon1022 and I found an organization where I got a mentor in programming, who was on the Danish team for the Olympiad in data science
or computer science or informatics
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:15
@mutantspore Damn. I wonder how important math , algorithms and data structures are when it comes to data science
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:17
my guess would be that algorithms can be really important in some places, (and data structures) but sometimes it's probably not necessary to have an effective algorithm
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:18
@ChristianBertram I agree. I think Discrete Math is important too
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:19
@jorgon1022 yeah, without it would be pretty hard to handle data effectively I think
But formal proofs don't really play a role xD
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:21
@ChristianBertram Yeah I think that formal proofs dont play a role but they help with critical thinking skills
which are very necessary in data analysis I think
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:23
@jorgon1022 That's true. It helps when designing the more complex algorithms
maybe it could help verify an algorithm
@jorgon1022 what's your background if I may ask?
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:25
@ChristianBertram Very weak background
Majored in Information Technology
Its a business degree.
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:26
@jorgon1022 cool :) then maybe this could be a fun take on your knowledge :D
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:28
@ChristianBertram yes i agree lol
do you know SQL?
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:28
A little bit. I tried it some time ago. But I think I know the principle
(I'm actually learning a bit noSQL :P)
@jorgon1022 are you thinking of something specific? ;)
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:32
@ChristianBertram No I was just wondering . The data field is so braod
broad
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:33
@jorgon1022 do/have you worked with SQL? Or what technologies do you use/know?
jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:37
@ChristianBertram Yes. I have worked with SQL a bit. Only in school though. We worked with microsoft sql server
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:40
@jorgon1022 do you use any technologies that you find particularly interesting? Maybe I should learn it (Not to make this an interview :P Hope you are okay with me asking a lot)
evaristoc
@evaristoc
Feb 02 2016 18:46

Hi @jorgon1022 @ChristianBertram ! Welcome! @mutantspore is right: we are trying to make this room as open as possible to all levels and experiences.

The main interest of the room is to ask people to come up with projects and create products, facing the usual challenges of data manipulation, preparation and presentation. Using JS is encouraged because this is part of the FCC program, but you can decide in which point of your project you will apply it. For example: I would like to develop my visualization skills with d3js.

@mutantspore has been more in the web dev than me; I have a more data analyst orientation, with more experience in the market research sector, but foundations in Data Science in general. The last 6 months I have been trying to combine that knowledge with some web development experience, mainly data manipulation and data visualization, as well as functional and event-driven programming.

@ChristianBertram @jorgon1022 we have data available, as @mutantspore mentioned. The data is about campers. There are some proposed questions to be answered using that data. I am also asking to include other variables, to make it more informative.

We have also a small group of (busy) people working on the layout of a hackaton, but focused on FCC curriculum for now.

Have to go but you are welcome to come up and check the data! There are people who have already contributed with something.

Ideas, interests, projects, etc... always welcome!

Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:48
thank you @evaristoc ! sounds awesome :D
CamperBot
@camperbot
Feb 02 2016 18:48
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jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:48
@evaristoc Thank you for this Mr Evaristoc. However, how does one get started in the field?
CamperBot
@camperbot
Feb 02 2016 18:48
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jorgon1022
@jorgon1022
Feb 02 2016 18:49
We all start somewhere, we all start as junior data scientists. So how do we do this?
Christian Bertram
@cbertram
Feb 02 2016 18:57
I guess some of it is just to take a look at the ideas here https://medium.freecodecamp.com/free-code-camp-christmas-special-giving-the-gift-of-data-6ecbf0313d62#.pzgsinkmi for things to find out, and see if you/we can solve it. Maybe it's just about filtering, and visualizing.. ?
But I could use sine help getting startede too :)