The goal of the Santa Barbara Data Science Meetup is to gather professionals, academics, and practitioners around problems concerning the acquisition, analysis, and visualization of data---something that has been recently deemed the sexiest job of the century.
This group is meant to complement the excellent Santa Barbara R Users Group, with the goal to extend its audience beyond R users.
Initially, the meetup will follow the steps, and topics, of more established groups with a similar focus, possibly by drawing from the same pool of speakers.
I started the group because there wasn't any other type of group like this. I've met some great folks in the group who have become close friends and have also met some amazing business owners.
— Bill, started New York City Gay Craft Beer Lovers