On being skeptical of the old, women, and minorities

¬†Journal The definition for “skeptical” is “Not easily convinced, having doubts or reservations” (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/skeptical). As a Data Scientist, you’ll want … Continue reading →


Descriptive Statistics – Initial Evaluation of the Data

Species: Population, Sample, Count, Spread, Mean, Median, Mode, Basic Visualizations The most important part of data analysis is a thorough understanding of the data we’re looking at. Once we’ve verified what the source of the data actually means (another entry in the Data Science Notebook entirely) and that we can trust it, we need to…


The (Amateur) Data Science Body of Knowledge

Last updated: 09/16/2015  Catalog With a format for learning to be an Amateur Data Scientist established and a firm understanding of how I learn, it’s time to focus on what to learn. There is no shortage of Internet posts, magazine articles, or college syllabi describing what a “Data Scientist” should know. I originally thought the…


Prepping for learning Data Science

Journal Entry In the September 2015 issue of the Communications of the ACM magazine, there is an article on the Automated Education and the Professional – highly recommended reading. It feeds in nicely to our journey in learning Data Science. The article covers the conflict between traditional college-degree education and the newer competency-based learning systems….


The Field Notebook for Data Science

I mentioned in my previous post that I’m learning to work as an “Amateur Data Scientist”, and I’m sharing my learning here on this site. I’m formatting my entries as a series of Field Notes, in the (more or less) formal sense. I’m taking the information I have found here: http://instruct.uwo.ca/biology/320y/fj.html and fitting that into…


I am Data Science, and You can Too!

My Progression and My Passion I’ve been working in Information Technology for about 30 years. I started here at Microsoft a few years ago working on SQL Server in the Product Team, then went into the field as a technical professional on SQL Server, and when Microsoft Azure – at the time called “Red Dog”…