Intro to Data Science and Analysis
Tuesday, January 15th from 5:15 - 7:15pm
Thomson Nguyen, Data Scientist Lead, Causes
Everyone's talking about them, and yet no one has reached a consensus on what exactly they do--it seems like despite their black-box processes and amorphous job descriptions, data scientists are here to stay.
This class is designed to give newcomers some clarity into how data scientists add value to any organization, the tools and skill set required to succeed as one, and a sample case study on how data science is uniquely positioned to solve some of the coolest company problems. By the time you finish this class, you'll have a better idea of what the field is and more importantly, how you can help yourself become what the Harvard Business Review calls the "sexiest job of the 21st century".
1. An introduction to a standard workflow for anyone conducting data analysis (using Ben Fry's process),
2. Knowledge and sample R code from a specific data-related case study we'll cover together, and
3. Tools and resources to help you find answers to questions that may come up in future analyses.
Level & Prerequisites: Beginner/Intermediate. This is a general survey of how you can add value as a data analyst/scientist rapidly in any organization. As a result, we'll cover a lot of things and only drill-down on one specific case study. This class is best for people who need an introduction to data analysis and data science techniques, or people who are looking to switch into a data-related position.
Required class materials / software: Laptops highly recommended--we will be using R, a free, open-source statistical programming language that can be downloaded here: http://www.r-project.org/
Thomson Nguyen is the data scientist lead at Causes, where he works on all kinds of data problems in analytics, infrastructure, and machine learning. He is also a visiting scholar at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences at NYU, where his research interests lie in malicious malware behavior and model checking. He is currently writing a book on common but useful data science recipes for startups, and is also re-learning Spanish (slowly). He studied Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, and Computational Biology at the University of Cambridge. He loves good iced coffee, rowing, and winning Starcraft II games.
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