Coursera Introduction to Data Science Course
I promised in an earlier blog post to report back on the Introduction to Data Science course given by Coursera. Paradoxically, I didn’t finish it although I think it was the best of the three online data-related courses that I started this year (the others were Data Analysis on Coursera and Introduction to Data Science at Syracuse University). I think my non-finishing was related to some sort of MOOC fatigue and just the fact that I had too much going on. Also, the descriptions of the last mandatory assignments (Tableau and Kaggle) were a bit too vague for my schedule (I finished all the quizzes and the programming assignments). Enough excuses – I think this was an excellent course which covered a lot of ground, from SQL via Map/Reduce to machine learning. In particular, the Map/Reduce programming assignments (which used a Python Map/Reduce library) were helpful to me. Highly recommended (and yes, I’ll try to finish it up next year).