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  • Writer's pictureAlastair Majury

Advice for Beginning Data Scientists

Data science is an upcoming discipline and profession that is finding increased utilization in multiple industries. Data scientists perform complicated data analysis to solve complex problems. Becoming competent in the discipline of data science is quite a demanding task that requires professional training and much practice. Young data scientists should endeavor to practice while taking into consideration four important areas for them to achieve professional development.

Start with small projects

To develop competency in the field, it is important to initiate and work on small projects that enable you to practice the professional skills gained in training. Challenging yourself by sampling out some data-science-related projects and how they are applied in real life can give you an added advantage. To further enhance your competency, you may want to check out real-life applications of data science that have been rolled out in the market already. Creating such positive challenges enables you to appreciate the technical skills you have and opens your mind for innovation.

Expand your horizon

No amount of learning and experience is sufficient when it comes to the evolving field of data science. To maintain your competency, you should endeavor to set high goals as far as professional training and experience is concerned. At no point should you consider yourself experienced and competent enough. One level of growth should need you to undertake a greater challenge ahead of you.

Integrity and accuracy

Data-related projects are only as accurate and objective as each individual piece of data. Every data scientist should beware of what is known as the clean data syndrome. Falsely assuming that your data is accurate and clean of common data pitfalls can lead you the wrong hypothesis and wrong conclusion. In the real world, such conclusions may prove catastrophic as they may lead to a faulty design.

Leverage technology

Data science has been targeted with numerous technologies that are designed to increase efficiency in data analysis and data simulation. The idea behind applying data science technology is to enable you to achieve great precision and expand your knowledge when it comes to the application of data in day-to-day life. Technology can enable you to analyze the accuracy, application, integrity, and precision of data at the click of a button. Which technological tools, such as predictive analysis, you can be sure to simulate the extent of application of your data without exposing your projects and your data to unforeseen risks.

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