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Five Questions about Data Science

August 21, 2016
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Five Questions about Data Science

From Safari Books Online (https://www.safaribooksonline.com/blog/2016/02/10/data-science-qa/) ---Recently, we were able to ask five questions of Murtaza Haider, about the new book from IBM Press called “Getting Started with Data Science: Making Sense of Data with Analytics.” Below, the author talks about the benefits of data science in today’s professional world.Getting Started with Data ScienceRead more »

So you want to be a data scientist

August 10, 2016
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So you want to be a data scientist

From HuffingtonPostThe New York Times made it look so easy. Take a few courses in data science and a web-based startup will readily pay top dollars for your newly acquired skills.Since the McKinsey Global Institute reported on the impending shortage of data crunchers, the wanna be data scientists are searching for...

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Book Review: Getting Started With Data Science

July 27, 2016
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I PROGRAMMER's Kay Ewbank's reviews Getting Started with Data Science: Making Sense of Data with Analytics.By Kay EwbankIf you've enjoyed books such as Freakonomics or Outliers, you'll feel at home reading this book as it uses a similar approach; take an interesting question such as 'Does the higher price of cigarettes deter smoking?', and...

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The collaborative innovation landscape in data science

July 24, 2016
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Computing platforms should be like Lego. That is, they should provide the fundamental building blocks and enable the users' imagination to innovate. The latest issue of Stata Journal exemplifies how Stata and, by the same account, R provide the platform for the users to innovate beyond the innate capacity of the core group responsible...

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Data Science Boot Camp completed at Ryerson University

July 18, 2016
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Data Science Boot Camp completed at Ryerson University

I am pleased to update you on the Data Science Boot Camp we ran at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto in collaboration with IBM’s www.BigDataUniversity.com. The 9-week long Boot Camp concluded on July 15. We received a total...

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Data Science Boot Camp

May 12, 2016
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Data Science Boot Camp

If you live in or near Toronto, are interested in learning about data science, and can spare Friday afternoons, then you are in luck. I am offering a Data Science Boot Camp at Ryerson University in collaboration with IBM's BigDataUniversity.com. The Boot Camp is largely...

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Getting Started with Data Science: Storytelling with Data

January 13, 2016
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Getting Started with Data Science: Storytelling with Data

Earlier this month, IBM Press and Pearson have published my book titled: Getting Started with Data Science: Making Sense of Data with Analytics. You can download sample pages, including a complete chapter. There are 104 pages in the sample. You can also watch a brief interview about the book recorded...

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Not so sweet sixteen!

December 6, 2015
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Not so sweet sixteen!

In the world of big data and real-time analytics, Microsoft users are still living with the constraints of the bygone days of little data and basic numeracy.If you happen to use Microsoft Excel for running Regressions, you will soon realize your limits:  The Windows version of Excel 2013 permits no more than 16 explanatory variables.

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Curious about big data in Montreal?

October 30, 2015
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Curious about big data in Montreal?

Are you in Montreal and curious about big data? Well here is your chance to attend a session about the same at Concordia University on Tuesday, Nov. 03 at 6:00 pm.www.BigDataUniversity.com, which is an IBM-led initiative is running meetups across North...

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Are Canadian newspapers painting false pictures with data?

May 20, 2015
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Are Canadian newspapers painting false pictures with data?

The Canadian newspaper, Globe and Mail, is a leader in diction and style, but it may need improvement in the ‘grammar of graphics’.Globe’s recent depiction of metropolitan economic growth in the series Off the Charts was way off the mark. The chart plotted the current and forecasted GDP growth rates for select cities in Canada. The...

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