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Testimonial from past students' boss:

"As an employer, I have found NYC Data Science Academy classes significantly improved the data science and visualization skill set of our research and business analyst. The courses are practical, compressed and come with lots of support. We sent a motivated team member to the Intensive Beginner R class. Previously he had no R experience and in one month’s time he was able to achieve proficiency. Since completing the course, our analyst has built, analyzed and presented data in valuable new ways."

— Eugene Zee VP, Operations at Divide on Mar 31, 2014

Testimonial from past students:

The R class is an accelerated approach to very useful programming language, which will prepare you for the world of data science. In 5 weeks time, I am amazed at how much I learned about R. Although 7 hours a session may feel hefty, once you're in the class time will fly by. Sessions split time between lecture and hands-on exercises, so you have lots of time to ask questions. Homework assignments are manageable - Vivian is very accessible should you have a question by email or in-person office hours. The class ends with a Demo Day of a project of your choice. You will access real data from the Internet using APIs and analyze this information and ways you never would have thought possible using Excel or even SQL! I highly recommend taking a class with the NYC Data Science Academy if you want to become a data scientist! 

— Harrison Adler on Mar 19, 2014.

  • I just finished the 002 session of the beginner R class. We certainly got a lot of "bang for our buck", because Vivian is preeminent in the field of data science, and she was able to move through a lot of material very quickly. She worked extremely hard in preparing well organized slides, and for me the key was to go through the day's presentation, provided beforehand, during the week prior to the class, running all the code and seeing what it does. This allows you to keep up and absorb her lesson when you get into class. In addition to getting a solid start on the use of R, the class also provided valuable insight into the field of data science, which is a career into which I am interested in transitioning. Lastly, Vivian made herself available to us weekly for extra help, either in person or via web interaction, which was much appreciated. Like I said, she is very dedicated and works extremely hard at seemingly everything she does. Thanks Vivian! 

    — David Russo on Mar 4, 2014.

  • I attended the beginner's workshop for R and I found it extremely useful. The classes were very well organized. The slides were well paced with many practical examples. I especially like the hands on format of the class, you work through the slides on your laptop. I had very little knowledge of R before and I learned many tools during the course. I was particularly interested in the visualization tools. Since the course, I have used some of the charting tools that I learned in my presentations at work as well. Both Scott and Vivian did an excellent job teaching R basics. They were very helpful and answered questions in person, email and piazza (online platform where we would post our solutions). Vivian also shared with the class a lot of material and practical examples. I would highly recommend this course to users who are interested in learning R. 

    — heena d on Feb 26, 2014.

  • NYC Data Science Academy provided me great exposure to data science topics that I haven't come across in either school or previous jobs. The hands-on assignments are practical and make use of real-world examples. As product development is becoming more data-driven, it will be crucial for product teams to have a solid grasp of data analysis which NYC Data Science Academy fills the knowledge/skill gap. 

    — Donald Fleurantin on Feb 4, 2014.

  • "I took the initial version of this class late fall 2013 and found it to be well worth the time. The slides, examples and exercises were well organized. Scott Kostyshak's presentation style is clear and concise. The second iteration will have twice the classroom hours and cover a lot of material that there wasn't time for in the initial format. It's worth the investment if you want to dive into the R ecosystem." Mike Selender on Jan 30, 2014.

  • The Introductory R class covered a broad range of information, and for a statistics and programming newbie like me, was indispensable for coming up to speed on a variety of related subject matter. Vivian is passionate about R, open data, statistics, etc.. Her enthusiasm is contagious! 

    — Jasna on Jan 28, 2014.

  • I took the Introductory R five week class offered in Winter 2013. It was a great learning experience. The class time alternated between presentation and practice which was extremely valuable because allowed time to practice and digest the material. Scott presented the topics gradually and in a logical order. It was also a great resource to have Vivian available to answer questions during the class and in the weeks between classes. It was a very generous amount of resources provided. Thanks. 

    — David on Jan 21, 2014.

  • Super helpful. Vivian is a fantastic teacher. She really pushes everyone to dig in and start solving problems. 

    — Annaliese Wiederspahn on Nov 24, 2013.

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