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5 Tips: How To Move Into An Analytics Career

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Joe Stanganelli
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Kaggle
Joe Stanganelli   1/11/2017 12:03:32 PM
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Thanks for the tip about Kaggle, Jessica.  The Titanic tutorial seems pretty interesting.

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Jessica Davis   1/11/2017 3:29:33 PM
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Glad it was helpful!

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louisw900   1/16/2017 4:43:52 PM
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@Joe  The Titantic tutorial does look interesting.   And Thank you Jessica for providing another source that can be combined with A2's great content !

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kq4ym   1/18/2017 8:10:01 AM
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The online communities is an except tip and I didn't know about Kaggle so that would certainly be a top stop for those folks wanting to get more experience and get feedback from other in the field.

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SethBreedlove   1/22/2017 8:20:26 PM
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Kaggle can also help users find free datasets from governments and other entities that might be hard to otherwise find.  You also create and upload your own datasets and share links to it for potential employers. 

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Joe Stanganelli   1/26/2017 11:16:33 AM
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@Seth: Wow.  Thanks for this tip, Seth.  I've already advised a data analytics friend of mine to check this out...and now I'm going to reemphasize that fact (and possibly sign up on Kaggle myself).

Have you played with some of those government/obscure datasets?  Do you have any projects/examples you care to share or any such "war stories"?

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magneticnorth0   1/29/2017 11:54:39 AM
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@kq4ym It is amazing, isn't it? I was under the impression that most data scientists' work would be under some non-disclosure agreement, but now there's a community where you could showcase your work. Kaggle is something I wouldn't have thought would emerge but here it is. I guess there's more collaboration to be had than I'd foreseen.

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Joe Stanganelli   2/2/2017 7:51:23 AM
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@magneticnorth: Anonymizing the data (or, at the very least, the data source, the organization, and related salient points) helps, I tend to think.

In any case, I think it depends upon the nature of the data and the business (e.g., something bland like bounce rates on an unidentified website versus trade secrets).  Just as in regular conversation, there are some things you can talk about with outsiders (e.g., at a dinner party) when it comes to your work and your business, and some things you can't.  Your mileage may vary.

(Disclaimer: Not legal advice, of course.)

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Kaggle analysis of Titanic data
Lyndon_Henry   2/2/2017 5:27:42 PM
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..

So I followed the herd and had a look at the Kaggle site. Interesting indeed.

I liked the little video about the Titanic but missed Celine Dion.

I'm not involved in R programming but the analysis "Exploring Survival on the Titanic" by Megan Risdal is kinda interesting, especially the breakdown by family size that shows that the survival rate of single passengers was horrible compared with families of up to 4. But familes >4 also had a rotten rate. 

I guess a word to the wise would be: Don't travel alone on a 1912 ocean liner ...

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