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Store Everything; Use Existing Data; Connect Datasets; Quantify Everything; Send Boring Work to Robots... the Data Science Mindset

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Names like ‘R’, ‘SQL’, and ‘D3’ make data science seem more like alphabet soup than a deliberate practice of working with data. It’s so easy to get lost in the sea of acronyms, packages, and frameworks that we often find our students prematurely optimizing for the right toolset to use, unable to move forward until they have researched every available option. In reality, data science isn’t just about the tools. It’s a mindset: a way of looking at the world. It’s about taking advantage of our modern computers and all of the information that they’re already collecting to study how things work and push the limits of human knowledge just a little bit further. We have a favorite saying around here — data is everything and everything is data. If we begin with this mindset, a lot of data science approaches naturally follow.

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Data Science isn't about tools. It's about data. I like that.

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