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On So, You Want To Be A Data Scientist?

Hi Kate,

Thanks so much for this comment. I could not agree with you more. To me, it is sad how much great data is going to waste in the engineering field. I spoke with a colleage about this last week and he suggested that, in private sector, engineers just don't have the bottom line incentive to perform the analysis. They just let the data sit there and they do what they always have done because it takes less time. Little do they know that using the data could ultimately optimize the process and save them resources. I think, people generally just don't care - Sad!

So that leaves universities and government to set the precedent, since these sector are driven more by public betterment, and less by profit margins. I would be greatly interested to hear your thoughts on projects on which I am collaborating, being that you are knowledgable of both fields. I am starting a collab on earthquake data from Twitter stream API and USGS. I am keen on pulling the lat long data so that I can run stats spatially as well temporaly. This is such exciting stuff, at least to me anyway!

I can't edit the post here on SmartDataCo, but I can add listings on the page at my website (which is getting more views). Here is a link to that page: http://www.bigdatagal.com/big-data-4/   The only thing is that I am only featuring free training resources on this post and I did not see any free data science skill training resources at your site. Are you all planning to launch some of those? If so, I would be happy to promote them on this page...  Great to connect with you, Cheers, Lillian

January 19, 2013    View Comment    

On So, You Want To Be A Data Scientist?

Thanks!

January 15, 2013    View Comment    

On So, You Want To Be A Data Scientist?

Yikes Sebastian, you are so right. I just sort of figured that anyone who wants to do data science would have the SQL covererd in one way or another. Thank you so much for the tip about Model Thinking. Coursera classes can be time intensive, but I will keep that in mind for future learning. Thanks also, for the compliment!

January 15, 2013    View Comment    

On So, You Want To Be A Data Scientist?

Yikes Sebastian, you are so right. I just sort of figured that anyone who wants to do data science would have the SQL covererd in one way or another. Thank you so much for the tip about Model Thinking. Coursera classes can be time intensive, but I will keep that in mind for future learning. Thanks also, for the compliment!

January 15, 2013    View Comment    

On So, You Want To Be A Data Scientist?

Thanks so much for your comment Meta!! I am honored that you would take the time to share your thoughts. I read your article and I appreciate its realisitic sentiment. I suppose that if a person is expecting a data science career to bring excitement into their lives, then they might be off-base. I can agree with that, and would add that, while data science work might not be glamorous, it can be incredibly exciting on a personal level.

I, for one, am tremendously excited about data science and the powerful ways that it can change the world!! A lot of that has to do with my vision for the ways in which I want to apply it. But, even beyond that, I love doing my day-to-day data work as a data analytics engineer. The data science field may not be exciting to some, but it gets me very excited on a daily basis. I suppose it is all in how you look at it.

As far as the environmental engineering... I am going for my PE in envtl engineering in 2013, but I have already transitioned from envtl engineering design work into data analytics and analysis. The data analyses I do have some applications in environmental domains though. That is what I love about data science, you can use it to find insights within any domain which is generating data. These days, thats a lot of possibilities!

January 13, 2013    View Comment    

 

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