Getting Started with Data Science

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Agenda:

Talks start at 18:30

First talk 18:30 - 18:55 with 5-10 minutes Q&A (Yali Sassoon from Snowplow Analytics)

Second talk - 19:05 - 19:30 with 5-10 minutes Q&A (Eddie Bells from Lyst)

Break - 10 minutes - 19:40 - 19:50

Third talk - 19:50 - 20:15 with 5-10 minutes Q&A (Martin Goodson from Qubit Group)

Yali Sassoon is a co-founder and data science lead at Snowplow Analytics: an open source, event analytics platform. In this talk, Yali will introduce Snowplow, including the motivation for building it, and explain how big data technologies including Hadoop and data scientists are transforming the way businesses think about and use web event data.

Through Snowplow, Yali works with data science teams at a number of different companies across different industries. Yali will be happy to answer questions about the developing role of data scientists in organisations, and the types of skills successful data scientists need to cultivate to flourish in the digital sector in particular.

"Data Science at Lyst" - Eddie Bells

Eddie Bells is ex-finance maths PhD who saw the light and joined the start-up community. He is a data scientist at Lyst and works on the team responsible for data acquisition, monitoring and analysis. He will be talking about how they implement Data Science at Lyst.

"Climbing up and down ladders" - Martin Goodson

Martin Goodson is currently head of research at Qubit, a startup that analyses online behaviour in order to personalise websites. Previous to that he worked as a statistical geneticist at Oxford University doing basic research into the genetics of personality and psychiatric disorders. Now moving on to join another startup, Skimlinks, as VP of datascience, to build a new datascience team there. His interests are in the statistical modelling of human behaviour. Martin will be talking about why Data Science skills are so important in industry.

Aaron Rea from RecWorks will be joining us as well. Aaron is a RecWorks employee and #GDC (Graduate Developer Community)/#LJC (London Java Community) enthusiast, connecting and building a rapport with undergraduates and graduates at Universities such as UCL, KCL and Queen Mary. Over the last 6 months, Aaron has hosted and supported many #GDC and #LJC events as well as being on hand to offer CV, internship and graduate/junior job advice.

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  • Fatos

    Hi everyone,

    Thank you so much for making an effort to come on Tuesday. I know it's not the best of places as it is a bit far for most people. So I really appreciate you coming for the event. I hope you all enjoyed it and got something out of it. As always, feedback is greatly appreciated. Here are the slides for some of the talks:

    Yali Sassoon's slides: http://www.slideshare.net/yalisassoon/how-snowplow-and-data-scientists-are-transforming-the-web-analytics-industry-and-creating-a-new-event-analytics-industry

    Eddie Bell's slides: http://talks.lystit.com/dsl-scraping-presentation/#/title-slide

    Unfortunately, I couldn't get Martin Goodson's slides. But I will be writing a blog post at http://graduatedatascience.com about his talk and others' talks and the event in general.

    Thanks for the awesome night once again!

    I hope to see you all at the next event. Until then I wish you all the best.

    Cheers,

    Fatos

    December 5, 2013

  • Ian

    Fantastic event. Great work.

    1 · December 4, 2013

    • Fatos

      Hey Ian, great meet to see you last night. Hope you enjoyed it. Hope you to see at the next event :)

      December 4, 2013

  • Francesco B.

    Great meetup yesterday, I enjoyed it a lot!

    This is the book I was talking about: Rachel Schutt, Cathy O'Neil, http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920028529.dohttp://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920028529.do

    Looking forward to meet you again!

    1 · December 4, 2013

    • Fatos

      Thanks for coming Francesco, it was really nice to meet you. Thanks for the info. Looking forward to see you at our next event.

      December 4, 2013

  • william T.

    Extremely disappointed that I cannot make it now due to last minute meeting:/ is there any chance I can get a recording/ slides of the talks? Also, will there be similar event in the future? Good luck to whoever taking my place and have fun!

    December 3, 2013

  • Fatos

    Hi everyone, one of our members suggested that we organise a conference call on Skype. I think it would be a great opportunity to share ideas and discuss potential ways of starting a career in Data Science. Since Skype has a limitation of 25 people on group calls, we would have to limit our attendance list to 25 members as well (23 if I include say two people from the industry), with the hope of organising such conference calls more frequently. I will also try to get a couple of Data Scientists from the industry and/or academia to join the conference call and that way you will have the chance to ask questions and discuss about some of the things that you're interested to know about in Data Science.

    Let me know if this would be of interest so that I can start organizing a Skype group call!

    Best,

    Fatos

    1 · November 13, 2013

    • Daniel F.

      Definitely interested in participating in a Skype discussion. Great idea!

      December 2, 2013

    • Fatos

      Glad people are embracing this idea. We will most probably organize one after our event tomorrow. I look forward to meeting you guys tomorrow and we can discuss this in more detail. Thanks! Fatos

      December 2, 2013

  • Fatos

    Hi everyone,

    Hope this message finds you well.

    Just a reminder that our first event is going to be tomorrow at 18:00 with talks starting at 18:30. I have added an Agenda to the description of this event for more details. We have an excellent line of speakers representing three awesome companies: Snowplow Analytics, Lyst, and Qubit. To summarize, they will be talking about what Data Science is all about, why are Data Science skills so important today, and what skills you need to develop to become a data scientist. We also have a representative from RecWorks who is willing to help you out with any questions you may have with regards to your CVs, internship and graduate/junior job opportunities in industry. Not to mention the awesome view of Canary Wharf from the University of Greenwich.

    I look forward to meeting you all tomorrow.

    Kind regards,

    Fatos

    December 2, 2013

  • Fatos

    Hi Everyone,

    We will be running our first GDSI event ever on Tuesday the 3rd of December from 6-9 PM.

    We have a fantastic line of speakers from awesome companies who are willing to share their experience and knowledge with you and help you out with any questions that you may have. This is a great opportunity to see how companies are leveraging Data Science.

    Looking forward to meet you all there!

    Best wishes,

    Fatos

    November 20, 2013

  • Francesco B.

    I've a question: since it's plenty of groups in data science and big data and machine learning ets... which would be the goal of this group? It's for people who are new in the field and want to be part of it, right? So, which kind of meetup are we going to organize? Is there the possibility of organizing workshops, too?

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Fatos

      To take an example, a speaker was talking about Topological Data Analysis where he talked about expressing high dimensionality in lower dimensions using the Morse theory, briefly mentioned that he used Linear Regression and Logistic Regression, then mentioned briefly that he evaluated against PCA, Spectral embedding, LLE, LTSA, etc. These are things that are not explained at these type of meetups. So the GDSI's aim is to help people (mainly students, graduates, and anyone interested to kickstart a career in Data Science) understand these algorithms and techniques that are mostly taken for granted in the realm of experienced data scientists. Meetups that we're planning to organize range from: talks, workshops, hackathons, and installfests. Thanks, Fatos

      November 13, 2013

    • Francesco B.

      I didn't know you were going there! Shame that I didn't ask. I was there too.

      November 13, 2013

  • Simon R.

    Guys - what about doing this via a skype conference call?

    November 11, 2013

    • Fatos

      It's limited to 25 people only for conference calls and 10 people for video calls. We must account for more than 25 people to participate. We're currently looking to find a place to run our first event. We have a number of speakers from the industry who have already expressed interest in presenting a topic relevant to Data Science. We'll be updating soon. Thanks!

      November 11, 2013

    • Simon R.

      Thanks. I'd just noticed that so far there were less than that listed as attending.

      November 12, 2013

  • Francesco B.

    I'm in, too!

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • Simon R.

    OK - I'm interested...

    1 · October 28, 2013

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