Essentials of Data Science | By CodingWithMax on Skillshare | Online Course Review

Essentials of Data Science By CodingwithMax

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What will you learn in this course?

In my opinion, the best way to get familiar with the real basics of data science is by first learning about statistics.  Which is great because this course gives you a good introduction to the basics of statistics.

Look: the main reason why a lot of people find that Learning data science online can be very overwhelming is because most data science courses out there don’t properly cover the basics of statistics!

Of course if you’ve already watched a couple statistics courses in college, you don’t need this course to teach you the basics of statistics, but if you didn’t take a course on statistics in college, this course is a great starting point.

What do you need to learn to become a data scientist?

Look, to become a great data scientist, you need to get a good understanding of 2 topics

  • Statistics 
  • Programming

Yes, there ARE other things you need to learn about, but statistics and programming are like 70-80% of the game.

Remember this: It’s better to not learn everything at once.  So, right now, if you are starting out and you want to become a data scientist or a data analyst, focus on statistics courses to get started, and within a couple of weeks start to also take courses on programming.

As I said statistics and programming are a good 70-80% of the game.

The problem with learning statistics online

That being said, I need to let you know that it’s not easy to find a data science course that gives you a good understanding of statistics online.  Most, quote on quote, “complete guides to data science” you can find online assume that you already know the basics of statistics and rarely go into complex statistics.

Because of this, in most statistics courses online it’s hard to follow and understand everything when you get started.

I found a lot of courses that teach you the REALLY REALLY basic stuff about statistics, like really fucking basic.  

But there are really not that many courses that will go in depth and teach you the more advanced parts of statistics. 

So even though I watched a few courses on statistics online, there was still that huge gap I needed to fill in my statistics skillset to start learning data science effectively.

This course filled it a bit.

What does it cover?

It covers the most basic stuff so people without prior knowledge could get started with it, but it also goes further than all other statistics courses I’ve watched so far.

Don’t be surprised.  When taking this course you’ll have to take a lot of notes and study them.  It’s that kind of course! And that’s what you should expect considering we are talking about a complex topic.

It’s exceptionally well explained

Plus, it’s exceptionally well explained. I mean the instructor is great.  He really teaches well. And although there is a lot of info in this course, it’s quite easy to follow and understand everything

Plus, if you need to, remember that you can always ask questions to the instructor if there is anything you don’t understand.

The BIG problem with this course

That said, I won’t lie to you. 

While it will give you a good understanding of the basics of statistics, it doesn’t cover a lot.

It’s a great course to get started, but it won’t teach you EVERYTHING you need to learn about statistics to become a great data scientist. It’s a good place to start, but not the end point.

Fortunately, I’ve got something else for you.

An absolutely fantastic statistics course for data science

Video review

This course is a statistics course. And yes, I think it’s the best first course you could be taking if you start learning data science from scratch.

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