Stop using iris
Jun 24, 2020
The iris dataset is very widely used in the data science community, whether as a training aid, a tool for trying out new skills, or just a well-known set of numbers that can be used as background while demonstrating something in a blog.
Changing the look of your ggplot2 objects
May 30, 2020
In my last post, I went through the basics of creating a ggplot2 object. Here, I’ll be focusing on how to alter the standard look of ggplot2 and make other changes to make the visualisation right for you.
Data visualisation and hawks with ggplot2
May 23, 2020
Conferences and meetups have been important throughout my data science career - especially when I was starting out and learning so much, but still critical as ways of keeping on top of new developments and making new connections.
Password invalid when cloning a GitHub repo
Apr 12, 2020
I haven’t written a ‘things I learnt’ post for a while, mainly because I’ve been wrapping those into my main posts. However, after going round in circles for ages with this problem, I wanted to share the solution quickly in case it helps anybody else!
My favourite RStudio tricks
Mar 28, 2020
My first post on this blog was on the 31st March 2019, almost exactly a year ago. My aim was to post at least once a month. Looking back over the year, I’ve posted 20 times (not including this) across topics like web scraping, regular expressions and creating Shiny apps, as well as chiming in with my thoughts and experiences around becoming a data scientist without a traditional STEM academic background.
But are degrees actually required for data science?
Feb 24, 2020
Looking at job ads for data scientists, half of them specify they want you to have a degree. At least, that was what I found looking at jobs based in London posted on Indeed, which I covered in my most recent post.
Are degrees required for data science?
Feb 22, 2020
Following on from my recent post on going from arts student to data scientist, I wanted to get more data on what companies were saying they wanted from data science applicants in terms of higher education.
Going from arts student to data scientist
Jan 24, 2020
Yesterday, I was at the Women Driven Development Conference, speaking on a panel about unconventional paths into tech. With my BA in English, I have not taken a typical route into data science.
Route mapping from GPS files
Dec 30, 2019
A while ago, my Dad asked me to look at the file he had as an output from his GPS. He does regular cross-country driving trips in Southern and East Africa, with his GPS capturing his location every couple of minutes.
Negation in Fringe review sentiment analysis
Nov 16, 2019
In the previous post in this series on sentiment analysis, I used sentiment lexicons on my dataset of reviews from 2019’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. There were some obvious flaws in the approach, one of which was that by focussing on one word at at time, some important nuance was missed.