The holiday season is upon us, something that translates for many of us to more free time. That’s why I decided to keep this article light and perhaps fun. After all, we all deserve a break after a year like this one! Regardless of your plans for the holidays, there are certain things you can do that are both enjoyable and educational.
For starters, if you are interested in programming (particularly recreational programming), you can check out the Exercism.io site. Exercism is an educational non-profit that aims to help people pick up a new programming language, including some of the more esoteric ones like bash. The site comprises of a series of exercises, some of which are on the language track while others are self-paced. As you proceed with the track, you unlock new exercises and explore new concepts in your language of choice. Also, there is some mentoring aid if you choose that option, helping you when you get stuck and/or showing you better ways to solve the exercises through useful tips and hints.
Another thing you can do is watch some videos on data science, or even take a course on the subject of data science or A.I. I know it may seem like a lot, but there is a lot of good material out there if you know where to look, which can help you augment your skills and know-how. Also, the cost of all this is fairly low, compared to what it used to be, so this sort of material is more accessible than ever before.
If you are up for more hands-on activities, you can play around with some data and do a mini data science project. Pick a dataset you are interested in and see what insights you can dig out from it. The project doesn't have to be 100% covered in explanatory text, but even without it, it can be good practice for you. Bonus points if you use a new technique or method.
Furthermore, you can check out some data science articles to be more up to speed on the latest trends or view certain topics from a different perspective. This blog can be a good place to start. Of course, if you want to read something that covers the subject in more depth, you can check out my data science books. You can find all of them at the publisher’s website, along with other technical books on similar subjects (esp. data modeling). Also, if you were to apply the coupon code DSML at the checkout, you can receive a 20% discount on whatever book you buy from that site.
So, there you have it. With these suggestions, you can now make good use of your time, without stressing. Besides, when you learn something this way, it tends to stick longer. Who knows, some of these activities may bear good fruits that you can leverage in the new year. Happy holidays!
Zacharias Voulgaris, PhD
Passionate data scientist with a foxy approach to technology, particularly related to A.I.