Articles by Murtaza Haider

Modern Data Science with R: A review

May 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Some say data is the new oil. Others equate its worth to water. And then there are those who believe that data scientists will be (in fact, they already are) one of the most sought-after workers in knowledge economies.Millions of data-centric jobs requ...
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Modern Data Science with R: A review

May 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Some say data is the new oil. Others equate its worth to water. And then there are those who believe that data scientists will be (in fact, they already are) one of the most sought-after workers in knowledge economies.Millions of data-centric jobs requ...
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Edward Tufte’s Slopegraphs and political fortunes in Ontario

May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

With fewer than three weeks left in the June 7 provincial elections in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province with 14.2 million persons, the expected outcome is far from certain.The weekly opinion polls reflect the volatility in public opinion. Progressive Conservatives (PC), one of the main opposition parties, is in the ...
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R: simple for complex tasks, complex for simple tasks

March 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

When it comes to undertaking complex data science projects, R is the preferred choice for many. Why? Because handling complex tasks is simpler in R than other comparable platforms. Regrettably, the same is not true for performing simpler tasks, which I would argue is rather complex in base R. Hence, ...
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Is it time to ditch the Comparison of Means (T) Test?

March 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

For over a century, academics have been teaching the Student’s T-test and practitioners have been running it to determine if the mean values of a variable for two groups were statistically different. It is time to ditch the Comparison of Means (T) Test and rely instead on the ordinary ...
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Data Science 101, now online

September 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

We are delighted to note that IBM's BigDataUniversity.com has launched the quintessential introductory course on data science aptly named Data Science 101.The target audience for the course is the uninitiated cohort that is curious about data science and would like to take the baby steps to a career in ... [Read more...]

The X-Factors: Where 0 means 1

September 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hadley Wickham in a recent blog post mentioned that "Factors have a bad rap in R because they often turn up when you don’t want them." I believe Factors are an even bigger concern. They not only turn up where you don't want them, but they also turn things ...
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Five Questions about Data Science

August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 ...
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So you want to be a data scientist

August 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 ...
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Book Review: Getting Started With Data Science

July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 ... [Read more...]

Book Review: Getting Started With Data Science

July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 ... [Read more...]

The collaborative innovation landscape in data science

July 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 ... [Read more...]

The collaborative innovation landscape in data science

July 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 ... [Read more...]

Data Science Boot Camp completed at Ryerson University

July 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 of 1,137 registrations and the ...
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Data Science Boot Camp completed at Ryerson University

July 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 of 1,137 registrations and the ...
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Data Science Boot Camp

May 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 based on the contents ... [Read more...]

Data Science Boot Camp

May 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 based on the contents ... [Read more...]

Getting Started with Data Science: Storytelling with Data

January 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 earlier ... [Read more...]
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