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Recommended reading

In this video interview, Jeremy talks with Dr Rachel Menzies from the University of Dundee. They discuss three recommendations for further reading about data visualization. Each of the books recommended …

How can data change society?

Once a data science investigation is complete, it’s time to get out there and publicize the findings. There are lots of different ways to do this, some of which might …

Data types

Data comes in different shapes and sizes. We use data types to represent different values in computer code. Regular types include integer for whole numbers, floating-point for non-whole numbers, boolean …

Show and tell

Now you have performed your data investigation and found out answers to your research questions. Can you present these answers in an accessible, understandable way? You might want to use …

Useful resources

There are plenty of valuable online resources for you to enhance your data science skills. You might consider further online courses or other learning opportunities. It might be helpful for …

Example investigation

To provide a little bit of scaffolding, we will work through an example data investigation in this article. If you go through similar steps with your data set (or you …

Where will we find our data?

Now it’s your turn to select an interesting data set and ask some relevant research questions. In this step, you want to: identify your data set save a local copy …

Data Science goes to school

Data science is covered in parts of the school curriculum in the UK, but it is generally scattered across several subjects. Basic statistics is covered as part of the Maths …

Choose the right visualization

There is a massive range of visualization techniques. Information visualization is a complete academic field in itself. In this short course, we will introduce a few straightforward visualization techniques and …

Relationships and patterns

It is natural to look for relationships and patterns to emerge from a data set. While there are formal, statistical tests and machine learning techniques to establish such relationships, we …

Planning your data investigation

Now it’s time to plan your own data science investigation. There are several stages you need to go through. identify and obtain an interesting data set define a sensible research …

Data lives in tables

Individual data values, or elements, are organized into tables to describe larger sets of data. A table might be represented as a spreadsheet, which is often saved as a CSV …

Interactive Python notebook walkthrough

Data science is very much a practical, experience-based activity. Throughout this course, we want to give you the opportunity to experiment with data, using the popular Python programming language. We …

Why do we care about data?

Data is the new gold is a common saying. People recognise data as a resource that can be exploited. There is value in data. For instance, the Data Lab estimates …

These are a few of my favourite visualizations

A wide variety of different data visualizations is possible. In this video we explore three more exotic graphical data presentations. Jeremy shows a word cloud, which is a graphical summary …