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Welcome to Data Science ATL. Raj Bandyopadhyay Travis Turney. Why this meetup ?. We have excellent meetup groups in Atlanta for various data tools: Hadoop R LexisNexis-HPCC Tools are only a part of Data Science

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welcome to data science atl

Welcome to Data Science ATL

Raj Bandyopadhyay

Travis Turney

why this meetup
Why this meetup?
  • We have excellent meetup groups in Atlanta for various data tools:
    • Hadoop
    • R
    • LexisNexis-HPCC
  • Tools are only a part of Data Science
  • We need a place for discussing broader Data Science techniques and other topics
  • Which brings us to the question…
what is data science
What is Data Science?

Term coined jointly by Jeff Hammerbacher and DJ Patil

  • Machine Learning
  • Data Mining
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Exploratory Statistics
  • Coding/Scripting/Hacking
  • Data visualization
  • Infographics/mashups
  • Business Intelligence
  • Qualitative skills

Drew Conway’s famous Venn Diagram

that looks like a lot
That looks like a lot…
  • Companies want ALL of those skills
  • Ideally in ONE person (!!)
  • This rare person is probably already...
    • Working at Google, Facebook, LinkedIn etc.
    • Running their own $$$ hedge fund from their cushy Manhattan penthouse
    • CEO of Cloudera
  • Serious talent shortage for other firms!
how do we get there
How do WE get there?
  • Learn
  • Create
  • Compete
  • Collaborate
  • Books/Papers/Blogs
    • Whatever Nick recommends in his talk
    • O’Reilly and Manning Publishers
  • Online courses
    • Coursera: ML, NLP, PGM
    • Udacity: Robotic cars, Statistics
    • iTunes U: Lots of stuff!
  • Lots of public data sets
    • data.gov
    • The Sunlight Foundation
    • Amazon public data sets
  • Most new companies provide APIs
    • Programmable web
  • Create mashups
  • Correlate diverse data sources
  • Kaggle.com: “We make data science a sport”
    • Win for analyzing and extracting insights from data sets
      • $500 to $3M – depending on the problem
      • Interview for a data scientist position at Facebook
  • Lots of other competitions out there
    • NYC BigApps
    • ChallengePost
    • Knight News Challenge
  • Form study groups (for a topic, course)
  • Work on projects
  • Compete on Kaggle (or other contests)
    • Tell us how you did it!
  • Use this meetup’s message board to get together for working/studying
  • Hackathons
let s use this meetup
Let’s use this meetup
  • Present your stuff
    • Full-length talks (45-60 minutes) : in-depth discussion of a project, a topic you’re studying or a book/paper you’ve read
    • Lightning talks (10-15 minutes): quick overviews on particular problems e.g.
      • “This is how I’m using data analysis at work”
      • “We have this data that we’ve collected, but we have no idea what to do with it”
      • “Here’s a cool visualization tool/technique I’ve used”
  • Get people involved in brainstorming
let s use this meetup1
Let’s use this meetup
  • Find interesting guest speakers
    • Anyone doing cool work with data, no matter what field they’re from
      • Engineering, Statistics and other tech fields
      • Political Science, Economics and other social sciences
      • Business intelligence etc.
    • Companies building cool data products
  • Use the discussion boards!
    • Organize study sessions, group projects, Kaggle competition teams
    • Beer outings
  • Data Science is an interdisciplinary field
  • Very few experts and lots of demand
  • Lots of resources to learn
  • Let’s use those resources, and collaborate using this meetup to build Atlanta up as a Data Science hotspot