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18 Inspiring Women in Data Science, AI, Big Data, and Machine Learning

Women are underrepresented in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and math. For instance, women made up 27% of people employed in computer and mathematical occupations in 1960. But instead of growing over several decades, as many more women participated in the workforce overall, that number had declined to 26% by 2013, according to a […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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I Barely Graduated College, And That’s Okay

The story of how I taught myself Data Science and built Dataquest after a forgettable college experience that left me thinking I was a poor student.

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7 Great Data Science Newsletters to Keep You Informed

In a fast-paced and rapidly growing industry like data science, keeping up is essential. Knowing what is trending is essential in helping you know what new tools to learn, to help you get a job, and much more. At the same time, there is so much content out there that it can be hard to […]

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Matplotlib tutorial: Plotting tweets mentioning Trump, Clinton, and Sanders

Analyzing Tweets with Pandas and Matplotlib Python has a variety of visualization libraries, including seaborn, networkx, and vispy. Most Python visualization libraries are based wholly or partially on matplotlib, which often makes it the first resort for making simple plots, and the last resort for making plots too complex to create in other libraries. In […]

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