I'm a data scientist! What does that mean?
May 8, 2012 11:15 AM Subscribe
Can you point me to the best resources to learn about these new-fangled things they call data science
and big data
? I just started a new job as a data scientist
and need to get up to speed.
posted by Tooty McTootsalot to Technology (10 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
My PhD is in astrophysics, but I left academia to join the ranks of the corporate and well-paid, and have ended up as a data scientist at a large financial services company.
I have no experience in finance. I have experience working with large data sets, but not the massive databases they have here. The bulk of my experience is in modeling, programming and stats. I'm the first of my new group to be hired, and at the moment, I'm twiddling my thumbs and filling out benefits information. I've been given free reign to come and go as I please as they set up the new group. I'd like to spend this time learning as much as I can about my new role.
I've gotten some books on topics like data mining and machine learning, and have been searching the web for information, but it's difficult to find much. It doesn't seem like people even agree on a definition--many don't even think it's a real thing. (I'm certainly not convinced yet that it's a "science.") It's so new, its Wikipedia page was only created in the last month.
Does anyone have insight on resources or books I can get to help? Journals? Online courses? Professional associations? Conferences? Books designed with business and marketing applications would be most useful, but any guidance or opinions on the subject would be much appreciated.