These are chat archives for FreeCodeCamp/DataScience

3rd
Sep 2018
Hèlen Grives
@mesmoiron
Sep 03 2018 19:26
@becausealice2 @alinaalam Indeed I am usually very active here. But lately my project suffered a huge delay in preprocessing. I took a dive into reading about legal AI start ups and crypto currencies/blockchain. All topics that I need for my project. Data science is a very huge field. The part that I cover has more to do with natural language processing/OCR and especially preprocessing of non digital resources. Once you get into that ; you get into a lot of trouble because solutions are expensive and most often it requires huge human effort. Many hacks, too many tools - well I think you get the picture.
Zojja
@zojjak
Sep 03 2018 20:33
@becausealice2 I was recently looking at the Udacity "Data Scientist" but I think people can make a career of what they make of it.
I have a hobbyist interest in data science and have for quite a few years. It is interesting to see where the industry is going. My problem is I am a hobbyist in many things :)
(and the $2k price tag for Udacity is out of my hobbyist budget so that is out)
Josh Goldberg
@GoldbergData
Sep 03 2018 20:55

@zojjak Though I have enjoyed some of Udacity’s programs myself, I know someone in that program now. His feedback hasn’t been enthusiastic. $2k isn’t cheap, but it’s also much cheaper than bootcamps and Master’s programs. I’m not sure that Udacity program is unique enough for that price tag. I’d stick to lower cost alternatives that have already been posted.

  • R for Data Science is a great free tool

  • DataCamp is also good and affordable

  • Get on Twitter and follow #rstats hashtag and the data science community in general; there is a lot to learn just from blog posts

  • Lastly, go to meetups in your area if possible (same takeaway as blog posts)

Hèlen Grives
@mesmoiron
Sep 03 2018 21:21
@zojjak Don’t put yourself down as a hobbyist. Some hobbyist became great doing things. I’ll tell you a little anekdote. In the nineties I’ve worked for a company Amdahl the twin sister of IBM. At some point I said to my manager (from behind black green terminal screen) I would like to make an application ‘ Smoelenboek’ . Smoelenboek is the Dutch word for Facebook. Since I was a young secretary he sneered at me that I should better get my drivers license. I thought they were stupid. Guess what. Amdahl went bankrupt or whatever. They don’ t exist anymore.If they had picked up on the idea. Holland would have had Facebook instead of America and Amdahl would had been still in business. I learned a valuable lesson. Money does not make you smart and when not in the right position one can be smart but permanently told to shut up. So please enjoy your hobbyist engagement. Sleep well.
Zojja
@zojjak
Sep 03 2018 21:23
@mesmoiron Its not putting down, it is more that realistically unless I really decide to narrow down and focus, it wouldn't be something I'd pursue as a career. I do love working with data though :)
@GoldbergData I've seen Datacamp referenced but wasn't sure how much weight it had. I'm glad this channel is here because I don't know where else to talk to people about data science :)
Josh Goldberg
@GoldbergData
Sep 03 2018 21:36
@zojjak DataCamp will provide soft introductions to data science topics in both R and python. They’re modular based, and quick to get through. Considered it a highly organized tutorial that’s interactive. I think they’re worth the small bit of cost.
@zojjak Not to mention they add new courses all the time
I mostly stay on the first 2 links and they have been awesome.
Josh Goldberg
@GoldbergData
Sep 03 2018 22:41
By the way everyone, I am trying to raise awareness about compensation in data science with this tweet. The field is so new, and I think enough first-hand feedback can go a long way in helping people discover the correct pay. Share the tweet if you like or want to help. 😊
Ayo Philip
@Frawzey
Sep 03 2018 22:47
Shared!
Josh Goldberg
@GoldbergData
Sep 03 2018 22:47
@Frawzey Thanks!