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blackbootz  ·  861 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 19, 2019  ·  

gonna be a data scientist?

Got accepted to Lambda School! It's an intensive coding bootcamp I'll start in September: nine months of 40 hours a week online instruction, following instructors build applications and building our own under their supervision. I'm told that it's the same or more amount of coding as in a 4-year CS degree.

My acceptance is conditional on completing "precourse work" which I'm finding involves a steep learning curve. It dawned on me that this is their weeding out process. I'm not averse to the approach at all; instructional time is better spent on more complicated things than learning to define variables or importing libraries. But some of the later assignments which I haven't gotten to yet have names like linear algebra, pandas, training models with sklearn. Thankfully, there is a metric fuckton of resources online for learning the basics of python on your own.

I'll speak to my decision for the subspeciality--data science--at a later pubski.

summer 2019 curriculum

In addition to the coding I'm doing this summer, I'm training and coaching gymnastics. I'm basically living at the gym and a bagel place next to it. Had a really discouraging day today. I'm so old and stiff. Trying to remember that there are a lot of slow-going, sometimes deeply uncomfortable and miserable days that comprise the road to progress.


Officiating my best friends' wedding this Saturday; been reading my speech every day in preparation. It brings me chills. "I now have the privilege to announce--for the very first time as husband and wife--Andrew and Grace."

veen  ·  860 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Congrats dude! You've got this. Pandas is just Excel but Python'ed. Sklearn is a pretty simple & great tool to have in your toolkit. You'll probably only have to do applied linear algebra, which is much better than the course I did at the maths department. The trick there is to figure out some mental model of how to think about vectors and matrices. For me it really helped to visualize and draw them out for example.

blackbootz  ·  860 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've bookmarked a "classic" MIT lecture by Dr. Gilbert Strang that came highly recommended for linear algebra. It just so happens that since I won't be starting the program until the fall, I can really prepare myself. Thanks for the encouraging words.

housingdisrepair  ·  860 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Very nice! keep up the good work... Thansk

Creativity  ·  861 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Congrats! Really looking forward to hear about your experience at Lambda.

blackbootz  ·  860 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm not quite decided that I'll go, but it's looking more and more like it. Look out for an update though if I do!

thenewgreen  ·  861 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Congrats, Bootz. You have a lot of positive things on the horizon. As it should be. It's quite the honor to be officiating someones wedding. Good job re the daily rehearsals. This is something you cannot over-prepare for. I was recently at a friends wedding. They had a friend officiate and it was amazing. It was clear to me that she had put a lot of time and effort in to the event. Onward!

mk  ·  861 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Congratulations! I'm really interested to hear about the Lambda School experience. It makes a ton of sense for coding. Coding is 99% of learning to code.