Backyard Data Science

blog3.pngI add things to this site pretty much every week, so to help you navigate all the articles, I’ve set up this handy guide. You can bookmark this article, and I’ll make sure I keep it up to date as I add new Data Science Notebook entries. In essence, I’m creating a book as I go, so it needs a Table of Contents. (this is that)


Learning Data Science



Prepping for learning Data Science Start here to begin your journey into Data Science. I cover learning to learn, and other education topics for the Data Scientist.
The (Amateur) Data Science Body of Knowledge The general set of knowledge a Data Scientist should have. Think of this as a syllabus.
Learn First or Use First? Should you start learning a tool or process, or should you get some theoretical knowledge first? Turns out, the answer is “yes”!
The Hardest Thing in Data Science It’s math, right? Tell me it’s math. No, it isn’t. The hardest thing in Data Science is asking a good question. This will show you how.

 Learning Statistics



Learning Statistics A survey of free and not so free places to quickly learn statistics. You’ll need a firm understanding of this topic if you’re serious about learning Data Science.
Descriptive Statistics – Initial Evaluation of the Data The first type of statistics – describing a set of data.
Knowing Which Statistical Formula to Use With so many statistical processes and methods out there, which do you choose to solve a given problem? This article shows you how.
Reducing (although sadly not eliminating) bias in sample gathering Bias is the act of non-randomization. It’s impossible to eliminate it, but you can reduce it or account for it.

 Tools, Software, and Processes



The Data Scientist’s Computer You’ll need a system to install software on and use. This article discusses some of the choices you need to make.
Python for the Data Scientist Python started as a simple scripting language, but has grown to be one of the primary languages Data Scientists use in their daily work. This article shows you where to get it and how to get started.
Statistics: Working with R and Revolution Analytics Software R is the language of choice for the Data Scientist, and Revolution Analytics (now Microsoft R Server) fixes it’s major limitations. This article shows you how to install and get started learning R.

The Structure of the Notebook and other Articles



The “Field Notebook” for Data Science This site is arranged as a Scientific Field Notebook. If you’re not familiar with that format, start here.
Answer a fool, don’t answer a fool An example of Data Science done wrong. A cautionary tale.
I am Data Science, and you can too! (or, Buck is Back) The initial article on this site – explains who I am and why I’m doing this.

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