Category Archives for "Learning and Motivation"

Python vs R: Head to Head Data Analysis

Which is better for data analysis? There have been dozens of articles written comparing Python and R from a subjective standpoint. This article aims to look at the languages more objectively. We’ll analyze a data set side by side in Python and R, and show what code is needed in both languages to achieve the […]

11 Design Tips for Data Visualization

Here’s an important fact that’s easy to forget: our data is only as helpful as it is understandable. Most of the time, that means creating some kind of data visualization. And while a simple bar graph might cut it for internal work, making your data both visually understandable and visually attractive can help it get […]

How AI Will Change Healthcare

Editor’s note: This piece was written in collaboration with the MAA Center, an online resource for those who have been exposed to asbestos and those looking to learn more about it. Lauren Eaton is a Communications Specialist at MAA. We hope this piece will give you an idea of how data is becoming a part […]

3 Mighty Good Reasons to Learn R for Data Science

Ahoy, mateys! Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day! You may think a pirate’s life sounds like fun, but it isn’t all buried treasure and singing yo-ho-ho. Pirates have lots to do: Predicting profitability of plundering events based on crew size and ship features Optimizing trade routes to avoid the law, storms, and other pirates […]

DIY AI for the Future

Editor’s note: This post is the result of a collaboration with PredictX, a decision automation platform. Author Joni Lindes is a content writer at PredictX. AI is set to disrupt our current society on a major scale. According to Indeed, the number of roles in AI has risen by 485% in the UK since 2014, […]

This Artist Turns the Forest Floor into Data Visualizations

Editor’s note: This post was written as part of a collaboration with iDataLabs, a marketing intelligence company. Author Julia Cook works in marketing at iDataLabs. We’re all familiar with data visualizations — word clouds, pie charts, pivot tables — but how does one put enquiries in paint? Patty Haller, a landscape artist from Seattle WA, may have figured that […]

Five Reasons for Historians to Learn R

In which I do some cheerleading for the R Project for Statistical Computing. 1. You’re almost certain to find it worth the effort Often, in the endless “should academics learn to code” debate, it’s not clear to newcomers what you can actually use this code for once you’ve invested a lot of time in learning […]

Learning From Bank Data: Women Across the World

This post looks at the World Bank World Development Indicators (WDI). This massive collection has data in several categories: demographic, education, work, poverty, health. It includes both country-level data and various aggregates by different criteria: geographical regions, income levels, etc. The UK Data Service has a useful guide as well as access to the data. […]

How to Install and Configure Docker Swarm on Ubuntu

Docker Swarm is a clustering tool that turns a group of Docker hosts into a single virtual server. Docker Swarm ensures availability and high performance for your application by distributing it over the number of Docker hosts inside a cluster. Docker Swarm also allows you to increase the number of container instance for the same […]

Fixing Education: Motivation and Freedom

Public education, at least in the US, only ever exposes you to one way of learning—top-down hierarchy, and assignments. While some people thrive in this environment, I am not one of them. After college, I was thrown into the world with a 2.1 GPA, no real skills, and no idea of what to do next. […]

How to Write a Bootcamp Review that Actually Helps People

Editor’s note: This post was written as part of a collaboration with SwitchUp, an online platform for researching and reviewing technology learning programs. Erica Freedman is a Content and Client Services Specialist at SwitchUp. Data Science is a rapidly growing industry. From university programs to week-long cohorts, it can be difficult to decide where to […]

How to Start a Data Science Meetup

Meetups are great tools, you’re able to meet people in the field, keep up on industry news, and learn how to ‘talk the talk.’ Before I started attending meetups I wasn’t aware of just how much I didn’t know and still had to learn, let alone what was missing in how I wrote code and […]

Five Essential Traits of a Data Scientist

Trillions of pixels have been deployed to answer the question ‘What makes a good data scientist?’ Most of these articles have focused on skills and tools of data science while almost none have discussed the personalities that make good, even great, data scientists. A Google search for “data science skills” returns 38 million results; ‘data […]

Should I Learn Python 2 or 3?

One of the biggest sources of confusion and misinformation for people wanting to learn Python is which version they should learn. Should I learn Python 2.x or Python 3.x? Indeed, this is one of the questions we are asked most often at Dataquest, where we teach Python as part of our Data Science curriculum. This […]

What is Data Engineering?

This is the first in a series of posts on Data Engineering. If you like this and want to know when the next post in the series is released, you can subscribe at the bottom of the page. From helping cars drive themselves to helping Facebook tag you in photos, data science has attracted a […]

Learn Python the right way in 5 steps

Python is an amazingly versatile programming language. You can use it to build websites, machine learning algorithms, and even autonomous drones. A huge percentage of programmers in the world use Python, and for good reason. It gives you the power to create almost anything. But — and this is a big but — you have […]

Data Scientist Interview: Benjamin Root

Overview At Dataquest, we strive to help our users get a better sense of how data science works in industry as part of the data science educational process. We’ve started a series where we interview experienced data scientists. We highlight their stories, advice they have for budding data scientists, and the kinds of problems they’ve […]

Trey Causey: Data Scientist Interview

Overview At Dataquest, we strive to help our users get a better sense of how data science works in industry as part of the data science educational process. We’ve started a series where we interview experienced data scientists. We highlight their stories, advice they have for budding data scientists, and the kinds of problems they’ve […]

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