Whether data drives your marketing strategies or your climate simulation models, discovering and extracting actionable insights from the data is the name of the game. As the demand for data science expertise races ahead of supply, now is an important time stay relevant in this fast-growing discipline. So here are some essential places on the web to keep you at pique analytical fitness.
R is possibly the most powerful and widely used statistical, machine learning and data visualization programming language. As the emerging data scientist’s tool of choice, R-bloggers brings together a vast community of R users in what they call the “R blogosphere”. If Internet marketing is your game and you’re knee-deep in clickstream data, then check out their blog on how to get R talking to the Google Analytics API: https://www.r-bloggers.com/using-google-analytics-with-r/.
Walkthroughs of popular topics within data science like Bayesian analysis and deep learning, while still managing to keep it fairly accessible as well as intelligent related articles about the field. They even provide links to datasets so you can exercise your data mining and data science expertise.
There are plenty of free, online and excellent learning resources including FutureLearn, Standford Online, iversity and edX. One that I have found particularly useful at getting a handle on a number of statistical and analytical areas is Coursera. They have a wide variety of data science specialism courses, most of which you can take completely free, coursework and peer assessment included.
MIT OpenCourseWare on YouTube
This YT channel is an excellent resource for learning the more tech-heavy computer science concepts for anybody from entry level analysts to seasoned miners looking to refresh their knowledge of search algorithms. A virtual seat in full-length lectures of one most prestigious technology educators. A number of other institutions also provide similar resources so explore!
The r/datascience, r/MachineLearning and r/bigdata Subreddits are also some useful corners of the web to keep an eye on for current developments, learning resources, recommendations and discussion threads. Sometimes responses may be relatively thin on the ground compared to, say, posts speculating the next death on The Walking Dead but gems aren’t so rare. There’s also a ML @ Reddit (@mxlearn) Twitter account, which posts research, news and discussions pretty regularly.
Definitely bookmark this one. The most up-to-date data news and discussions, sort of similar to KDnuggets, covering many different topics and updated very frequently. An extremely valuable well of information and a handy supply chain for the data scientist’s online library.
Lastly, Twitter is also another great place to keep up to date with developments in the field as well as thought pieces from data scientists working in all fields, like ex-professor of astrophysics Kirk Borne (@KirkDBorne), to help inspire your analysis with some newfound flair.