Getting Up To Speed For Data Science: Attitude

At the end of last year I was losing faith in my ability to study Data Science. Even though I had had a good first contact week, the material was incredibly difficult for me to understand. Following that, I wanted to work hard on my maths, but really had to start at a much lower point Read More

ARIMA Modeling – Homebrew Edition

ARIMA modeling has felt like a bit of a nemesis since I was first exposed to it. Figuring out what settings to use with it has been my main challenge. The ACF and PACF plots are supposed to help here, but you have to learn to read them somewhat. There is an auto.arima option, which tests Read More

This Excel Guy Is An Analyst

It is not uncommon for me to compare my last job with this one and feel grateful for what I’m doing now. Today I found myself there again. Recently I’ve been tracking my working time on Toggl, not everything but close enough. Today, all my time spent working on the report came to less than an Read More

Good News Everyone!

I got the confirmation today that I would be accepted to join a Data Science Apprenticeship degree. The head of admissions approved me based on my work experience (years of business metrics, Excel and VBA) and self-study (Business Statistics and Advanced Excel)! To clarify, this apprenticeship will be for an actual Bachelor’s degree in Data Science. Read More

Here Comes The Predictive Analysis!

My next Nanodegree project feels more like my regular work than the last. I basically need to cleanse and combine multiple data sources, then use that data to predict future sales. It’s also reassuring that a course in analytics is starting to resemble my current job role. Not reassuring of the course content, but reassuring of Read More

Reflecting On My School Daze

My study space is really taking shape now. Even though it’s basically a corner of the living room and my laptop is set on a dining table. I have a study board with some three-month goals written across it. I have a set of shelves with my study materials on it. And next week I have Read More

How I Met My Study Buddy

School was not my favourite because I really didn’t fit in. In fact, I hated the majority of it. So when the opportunity came to drop out at 16, I did. I then went to community college just to do my GCSEs and a GNVQ in IT and found a completely different environment that reminded me Read More

Experience So Far With A Udacity Nanodegree

Predictive Analytics has been pretty interesting so far. While there was some content I had already been through before, I definitely needed a refresher. I basically re-did everything I’d done before just to make sure I knew what I was doing. Alteryx certainly helps make a lot of data prep and analysis work super easy. If Read More

I Just Started My Nanodegree

Yesterday marked the beginning of my Udacity Nanodegree in Predictive Analytics for Business; from 8pm onwards in fact. At 8:01pm I was refreshing the page and finally accessing the content. Not much later I was already beginning to work on my first project. Then this morning I was working on it again in the hope I Read More

Failing At A Paid Course And Enjoying It

Today I took the plunge on the Business Statistics Specialization I’ve been enjoying for the past few weeks. I fully enrolled with the 7 day free trial then £37 a month until I complete the course. Why? Because I finally started working on the final capstone course and saw that there are peer-reviewed assessments. Having got Read More