Data Science Contact Week 1: Finished!

My first face to face contact week with the university professors is over. In some ways I’m relieved because the hours have been long, as has the commute, and the work has been tiring. But I will also miss it, because I’ve enjoyed the structured learning as well as collaborating and bonding with fellow students. I’ve 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

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

The Secret Powers Of Excel

As I’ve progressed through the Business Statistics Specialization on Coursera, one of the things that I’ve noted, and been grateful for, is that you don’t need to fully understand the maths of statistical methods to use them. The main thing you need to know and be able to us, are Excel functions. There are Excel functions Read More

Heading Towards Data Science

I am always looking for an easier way of getting and understanding information from the Data Science community. It’s expected to find great ones in Data Science publications on the web, but it took me a little by surprise to find one on Medium! Medium is a publishing platform for authors and communities, that lets people Read More

Linear Regression for Business: Review

So it’s been about a week since I started studying the Coursera course Linear Regression for Business Statistics in the Business Statistics and Analysis Specialization. One of my early thoughts was how thankful I am that in this course you can submit your answers on the practice quizzes even when auditing the course. This instant feedback Read More

How Complicated Is Linear Regression Really?

For the last few months, I’ve been looking at linear regression and trying to understand what it is and why it appears so much in business analytics courses. It has something to do with mathematics and statistics, but the only word that I really understood in it was linear. I’m still not sure I understand it Read More

Crash Course in Data Science: Results

My first revelation while following this very short (but wonderfully useful) course was that when I wrote my post about wanting to try out Machine Learning to automate my workflow, I was barking up the wrong tree. To quote one of the statisticians referenced on the course: Statistics is the science of learning from data. Machine Read More

Sneaking Into An Online MBA!

The more I learn about the advanced abilities of Excel, the more I realise how in the dark I was! I can do many things in Excel and my skills are way above the average, but there are some really complex things it’s capable of that I never even looked into before, mostly because I didn’t Read More