Data Science for Beginners

“Data Science is an interdisciplinary science about processing large set of data using statistical methods to extract insights about the data”.

Data Science has now become the buzz word and the Harvard Business Review announced ‘Data Scientist’ as the “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century”.

Data Scientist are often recruited based on skills they acquire.
The following image explains it very clearly that foundations in statistics, programming and visualization are the key skills.

More often it is very difficult to find someone (called Unicorns) with all these skills. Thus a team with wonderful people who are good at their own skills can make a successful Analytics group.

How to become a Data Scientist?

To become a data scientist one must have a strong foundation in any one of the domain like programming, communication or even creativity. A creative person can visualize data in a way that nobody does.

In today’s world a ton of resources are available over the internet. One has to spend their valuable time in learning, acquiring and practicing their skills. For example, KDnuggets there is list of MOOCs which are available.

PhD Student at Centre for Bioinformatics, Pondicherry University