Brighton data science meetups

27th April 2018

Over the last few weeks I have been to two data science meetups in the Brighton area, BrightonPy and the Sussex Data Science meetup. Here’s a short rundown of both of them.

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Web Scraping with Scrapy

2nd April 2018

At some time in a data scientist’s work there will be a requirement to scrape some data from a website. For example, it came up right away in my first ever data science project. Back then I used the Python library Beautiful Soup but at present my tool of choice is Scrapy, an open-source web scraping framework. In this post I will discuss the installation and coding of a Scrapy web spider, then demonstrate it on an example website.

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Soft Skills in Data Science

17th March 2018

As I mentioned in my introductory post, I have noticed a large focus on technical skills in data science articles, with the greatest emphasis being on programming. I imagine this is because programming is clear-cut and it can be easier to teach and write about, but this could also give the wrong impression that data science is all about programming. In this post I would like to give credit to soft skills which I feel do not receive enough attention.

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First blog post - what is this all about?

3rd February 2018

It is going to be predominately about data science and the skills, techniques and tools required to practise it. Data science is an emerging multi-disciplinary field that provides a wide subject area with a wealth of topics to discuss.

Strangely enough, it has only been recently that I have started to call myself a data scientist, despite having completed my first data science project in 2012. I have a background in programming and I called myself a programmer when I landed my first programming job, so why the hesitation to take on a new title?

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