Data Science Resources

These resources were recommended by our community. While we haven't personally vetted all of them,  we hope you find them a helpful guide for additional help on your Dataquest learning journey.

Data Science Blogs

  • Towards Data Science — Towards Data Science is a Medium content aggregator of written content related to data science and machine learning, including tutorials, news, and career tips.
  • Dataquest Blog — Our data science blog has helpful tips, tutorials, other resources on the fields of data science, data analytics, and data engineering.
  • blog — a great source for user-supplied data sets, but the site also has a useful blog with interviews with industry figures, tips, and other great content.
  • FiveThirtyEight — FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about elections, politics, sports, science, economics, and lifestyle. If you want to see what really compelling data storytelling looks like, this is a great source.
  • Priceonomics — Priceonomics uses business data to tell stories, which is a skill any professional data scientist or data analyst needs. This blog provides a great source of inspiration.
  • Information is Beautiful — Information is Beautiful is a blog dedicated to posting incredibly well-designed data visualizations in the form of charts and infographics. If you aspire to improve your data visualization skills, their work is absolutely worth studying.
  • R Bloggers — An aggregator/syndicator of great R content from all over the web.
  • R Weekly — A weekly curated list of great R-related content

Practice & Competitions

  • Hacker Rank — Practice your coding skills to prepare for technical interviews.
  • HackerEarth — Participate in programming challenges, and improve your programming skills. We're currently running a HackerEarth challenge you can sign up for right here.
  • Kaggle — Participate in data science challenges to hone your data science skills and constantly improve them.

Introductory Data Science Courses

Paid Courses

Career Resources

  • Data Science Career Guide — An exhaustive seven-part guide to navigating the data science job hunt, from how to start your search all the way through how to negotiate a great salary.
  • The Muse — The Must publishes career advice articles on topics from designing your resume and cover letter to finding the best positions for your skill set.
  • Glassdoor — Glassdoor allows you to look up how past and current employees view a company, look up salary data for a company, and see potential interview questions.
  • Indeed — Indeed is a giant job board, but they also have searchable data resources on career-related topics like salaries. It's a great place to look up, for example, what the average data scientist makes in your city.
  • G2Crowd — Crowd reviews of many data science learning platforms as well as data science software solutions. They also have a learning hub that contains some good career advice.

Data Science Meetups

Data Science Events

  • PyCon — PyCon hosts several Python conferences each year in multiple countries.
  • PyData — PyData is an educational program of NumFOCUS, a nonprofit charity promoting the use of accessible and reproducible computing in science and technology.

Data Science Bootcamps

  • Belgrave Valley (London, UK) — Belgrave Valley is a 2-month data analysis bootcamp designed to give you the skills and experience needed to get a job in data analysis.

Books to Learn Data Science

  • Best Free Books for Learning Data Science — A blog post written by us that aggregates the best free books to learn data science.
  • Deep Learning — This textbook is designed to help machine learning practitioners get familiar with deep learning.
  • Natural Language Processing in Python — If you have an interest in NLP, this book is highly recommended for you to check out. This book is written to give you an overview of the NLTK library.
  • Intro to Statistics — This book is designed to give you a traditional introduction to statistics at the college level.
  • Hands On Machine Learning — Interested in Machine Learning and with a more “hands-on” approach? This book is a great introduction if you are new to machine learning or just want a refresher.
  • Think Stats — A book that will walk you through how to think about statistics as you program in Python or R.

Data Newsletters

  • The 7 Best Data Science Newsletters — Our recommendations for the seven newsletters you'll definitely want to subscribe to if you're interested in data science.
  • Data Digest — Every Friday, you’ll get a thought-provoking newsletter containing the top finds, data goodies, and whatever else the team can find.
  • FiveThirtyEight — Every week, you’ll get FiveThirthyEight’s top stories for the week. It's a great source of data storytelling inspiration.

Tools for Data Analysis

  • Anaconda — Anaconda is the most popular data science platform and the foundation for modern machine learning.
  • RStudio — RStudio is an IDE for the R programming language. It’s an open-source application where users can create R Notebooks to share visualizations, stories, ideas, and code.
  • Jupyter Notebook/Lab — Jupyter Notebook/Lab is an open-source web application that allows users to share visualizations, stories, ideas, and code.
  • VSCode — VSCode is a customizable and versatile IDE that works with any language you can think of.
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux — Windows Subsystem for Linux is designed to run on Windows so you can run Linux distributions and have access to a UNIX terminal.
  • Git Bash — Git Bash is designed to run on Windows so you can use Git commands while on a windows PC.

Helpful Libraries/Documentation

  • Dev Docs — DevDocs combines multiple API documentation in a fast, organized and searchable interface. 
  • TensorFlow Documentation — Documentation for the TensorFlow library, one of the many open-source deep learning libraries available.
  • Keras Documentation — Documentation for the Keras library, one of the many open-source deep learning libraries available.
  • 5 Genius Python Deep Learning Libraries — Blog post by Elite Data Science outlining the top five deep learning libraries. If you’re interested in Deep Learning, we highly suggest you check this out.
  • NLTK — Documentation for the NLTK library, one of Python's open-source natural language processing (NLP) libraries.
  • spaCy — Documentation for the spaCy library, another open-source NLP library for Python.
  • Scikit Learn — Documentation for the Scikit Learn library, one of Python's open-source machine learning libraries.
  • Numpy — Documentation for the NumPy library, one of Python's many open-source data analysis libraries.
  • Pandas — Documentation for the Pandas library, another of Python's open-source data analysis libraries.
  • SciPy — Documentation for the SciPy library, another popular Python data analysis library.
  • SymPy — Documentation for the SymPy library, one of Python's numerical computation libraries.
  • Bokeh — Documentation for the Bokeh library, one of Python's many open-source data visualization libraries.
  • Matplotlib — Documentation for the Matplotlib library, another open-source data visualization library for Python.
  • Plotly — Documentation for the Plotly library, one more Python open-source data visualization library.
  • dplyr — A fast, consistent tool for working with data frame like objects,both in memory and out of memory. 
  • purrr — A complete and consitent functional toolkit for R.
  • readr —  Provides a fast and friendly way to read rectangular data.
  • ggplot2 — Provides a way to create graphs in R.
  • DBI — Database interface for communication between R and a relational database management system.
  • RSQLite — Embeds the SQLite database engine in R.

Support Resources

  • StackOverflow — The Google for programming issues. A question and answer site for professional and enthusiast programmers. It covers a wide range of topics in computer programming.
  • Dataquest Discourse Community — Whether you’re new to the field or looking to take a step up in your career, we can help you connect with other passionate learners around the world.
  • Quora — Quora is a question-and-answer website where questions are asked, answered, and edited by Internet users in the form of opinions.
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