Data Science with Python (I)

Data Science involves you make smart decisions for big or complex problems. That’s why you need evolved tools to manage this situations.

Python is a perfect tool, it has an incredible number of math-related libraries such as NumpyMatlab, Pandas or Scikit-learn that reduces your workload.

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But, What is a Data Scientist?

I have started explaining how to become a Data Scientist, but … What is a Data Scientist? Is there an Official University or Professional career with this name? Do you need a Certification to show your skills as a Data Scientist? What are the main skills that you need to be named as a Data Scientist?

Data Scientist is one of the latest emerged jobs and maybe the sexiest job of the century as you can see in detail in this Forbes article.

A really funny description of Data Scientist I have founded in a tweet: “Person who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software engineering than any statistician”.

Then, do you need to study Statistics? Do you need to study also Software Engineering? Is there a career about Data Science?

There are a lot of courses, masters and technical trainings you can find in internet. For example in Barcelona there is an interesting Data Science Master awarded from the Graduate School of Economics, the University Autonomy of Barcelona and the Pompeu Fabra University. These universities understand that this program will be for:

  • Graduates in Economics and Business with solid background and keen interest in quantitative methods
  • Graduates in Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics with the ambition to work with real-world problems and data
  • Programming professionals who want to acquire analytical, quantitative tools to leverage their experience
  • Aspiring PhD students looking for rigorous training in quantitative and analytical method

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