Introduction This past March I had the distinct pleasure of participating in a panel about making the career transition to data science as part of Kaggle’s CareerCon 2018. As a result of this experience, I’ve gotten enough emails asking for more information about my data science journey that it warrants a blog post, per David Robinson’s advice:
When you’ve written the same code 3 times, write a function
When you’ve given the same in-person advice 3 times, write a blog post
(YMMV = your mileage may vary)
Introduction Feeling inspired by some recent data science collaborations, on Friday I released the following tweet into the wild:
want to build data science experience? reach out to a local non-profit you're interested in, and ask them if you can volunteer with data collection, cleaning, and basic analysis and reporting. you get experience, the NPO gets a product they desperately need, and everyone wins.
Introduction April is such a fantastic time of the year - the weather starts to warm up, trees and flowers start blooming, and many of us start in on some spring cleaning. So it’s only natural that we’d focus on the same thing in our R4DS Online Learning Community!
Finishing up March’s Viewing Parties Thank you to everyone who participated in our viewing party in early March, where member Chris B.
The ‘R for Data Science’ online learning community is a dynamic and supportive environment that brings together mentors and learners as they undertake self-paced learning via the ‘R for Data Science’ text
The Tasty Data Project is a series of multi-media projects that use small data sets from the world around us to both learn and teach data science with R. The first in the series, The Taco Project, begins filming in April 2018
It always starts with a DM on Twitter, where someone shares with me their personal data science ambitions, where they currently are in their plans, and then they follow up with a request for me to help them figure out where to go next.
I love these messages—they’re an affirmation that the R community continues to grow and attract new members in part by creating a welcoming and supportive space for beginners, and that our community members are deemed approachable (enough) for someone brand new to R to reach out!
Background In August of 2017 I launched an experiment, referred to as the R for Data Science Online Learning Community, with the goal of creating a supportive and responsive online space for learners and mentors to gather and work through the R for Data Science text.
Like most online learning endeavors, we had a massive surge of interest at the onset, with exponential drop-offs week after week as we progressively worked through each chapter based on an established schedule.
Introduction Every day I talk to individuals who are working in one field, but are interested in learning more about how and where to get started in data analysis either as a hobby, or as part of a broader career transition. While there are a myriad of options out there - from online bootcamps to self-guided study through various web platforms and textbooks - it can be daunting to start something like this on your own.