How do I get started in the field of data science/big data/machine learning?
I'm a third year computer science major, and I've been trying to learn more about data science/big data/machine learning. There aren't any classes offered at the college that I'm attending that cover these topics, and I'm a little lost as to how I would get started in any of these fields. What are some resources that I could use to learn more about these fields and get a taste of what they're like? Any help would be appreciated.
I am happy to see that you have in interest in Data Science! I personally think anyone with an interest to learn more about math/statistics and computer programming can carve a path for themselves to become an incredible data scientist - even if you don't have a degree specific to that field. In your case, studying computer science is a great first step.
In addition to the advice already given here, I would highly suggest more hands-on activities that you can do anywhere, anytime (as long as you are connected to the internet).
Here are my recommendations:
1) Sign up for this course on UDEMY course offered by Kirill Eremenko: Machine Learning A-Z: Hands on Python and R in Data Science
2) Data Science weekly newsletter: https://www.datascienceweekly.org/
This newsletter gives you a better understanding of how others in the field are using data science to solve business problems. Here you will also find career advice, job/internship opportunities, book recommendations, etc. It's really a great resource to scan weekly for additional insights from professionals in the field.
3) You can also check out Kirill Eremenko's own website where he offers free tutorials, advice, bootcamps, etc.
I personally also took advantage of these above resources to get a better understanding for the skills and tools I need to succeed in Data Science. Kirill Eremenko is a great teacher and makes his lectures very easy to follow, fun to listen to, and applicable to Data Science and real-life business problems. You can also use some of the skills you learn from his UDEMY tutorial to create a side-project and post it on GitHub for future employers to check out!
Best of luck and never give up! :)
I will be taking those classes my self in the next two months. Fortunately, my school offers variety of computer related courses and Machine Learning is one of them. We are required to have a very good understanding of Discrete Mathematics and C programming before taking those classes. So, if you think you are good at those, you can easily learn of off a you tube lecture tutorials. If you are not familiar with those, I would recommend you to have a good understanding on Discrete Math and Objective-C programming, which can also be found online.
Once I register for that class, I will tell you more about it. I might as well share resources and helpful sites soon. Good Luck until then.
Jesmin K’s Answer
Learn basics of data analysis and statistics using online courses.Install and gain familiarity of data tool s such as Tableau,Hadoop,Python and R.
Jesmin K recommends the following next steps:
- Do small projects to master the skills aquired.