Data grab bag

Jun 12, 2014

— When you deal with data, you can think like a statistician, even if you don’t know the math (although it will certainly help a lot). Jonathan Stray brings up fine points to draw conclusions from data, as does Jacob Harris in a detailed case study on distrusting your data.

— Learning data science still seems like a fuzzy, abstract idea. Trey Causey offers advice on getting started with the bubbling field.

— Is college still worth it? Yes.

Coding isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it.

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