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Career Transition: Data Scientist Q&A

By Byte on Aug 17, 2020 1:33:51 PM

At Byte Academy, we teach a variety of courses within the field of Data Science. From our full-time immersive to our mini-courses in topics like Machine Learning and Data Visualization, we're consistently asked about what a career transition into Data Science looks like. To provide some guidance to our prospective students and blog readers, we've asked our own Data Scientist, Lesley Cordero, for her own perspective on frequently asked questions.

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The Music Industry is Rapping to Data Science

By Byte on Aug 17, 2020 1:33:13 PM

From the Beatles to Taylor Swift, everyone's music is available digitally now. People used to think technology is killing the music industry, but it's technology which is reviving it. So for musicians who are also interested in programming, data science is one way to get onboard with the idea. Spotify and Pandora know just the right track to play next thanks to data science. Wondering which song did well and why, look no further, the answer is in data science.


Pandora was perhaps the frontrunner of combining the two when it started the 'Music Genome Project' way back in 1999 before terms like Big Data even existed. The project considers songs as datasets and analyzes each song using up to 450 distinct musical characteristics or “genes”. A person – a trained music analyst with an actual degree in music – and automated algorithms comb through the song and classify it as Pop/Rock, Hip-Hop/Electronica, Jazz, World Music, and Classical. Decoding the “genes” of the song helps Pandora find the similarities and then successfully predict what a user might like listening to next.

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Breakdown Of Roles in Data Science (aka 'Big Data')

By Ryan Swanstrom on Aug 17, 2020 5:57:03 AM

We love these infographics from DataCamp which compare some of the many job titles in data science, the "sexiest" of the career of the 21st century according to Harvard Business Review.   The infographics lay out the roles and skills needed for the following job titles:

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Django Resources From A Founder and CTO

By Emily on Aug 17, 2020 5:43:35 AM

Will Plaehn, founder and CTO of Last Mile Retail, a retail marketing platform, recently visited Byte Academy as a guest speaker for our Entrepreneur Series.  He also gave a workshop on Django, a Python framework while here.  Read some of his favorite resources that he shared and referenced in his talk (thanks Will!)...


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About Natural Language Processing

By Byte on Aug 17, 2020 5:43:26 AM

Natural Language Processing or NLP for short is a field of computer science, artificial intelligence (AI) and computational linguistics concerned with the interactions between computers and human natural language.  It's a relatively new field and a "hot" area in technology today. Read some more about it from our Data Science instructor, Lesley Cordero. Byte Academy offers a Natural Language Processing mini-course for those who would like to study this area.

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Helpful Tips For Learning Programming Faster

By Wendy Dessler on Aug 17, 2020 5:43:17 AM


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Meet Christie, Our New Campus Director

By Emily on Aug 17, 2020 5:33:43 AM

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The Bright Side Of The Labor Market: Coding

By sarah m on Aug 17, 2020 5:20:54 AM

At first glance, the labor market looks dour for many Millennials and Generation Z. In a 2015 report by McKinsey, the International Labour Organization estimates that 73.4 million people aged 15-24 are jobless. At the same time there seem to be job vacancies, particularly in tech:

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Coding for Financial Independence

By Karina on Aug 17, 2020 5:10:59 AM

Millennials (and Generation Z), put down your iPhones and let us inspire you to code for financial independence..

  1 in 4 young adults between the ages of 21 – 34 are dependent on their parents in some form, whether it may be rent, car insurance, etc. Having grown children dependent on their funds detracts them from saving for retirement, adding stress to their lives, according to an article on CNBC.

Coding = Financial Independence.... Need Convincing? 

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Women Coders in Tech? (Kick More Ass With Scholarships)

By Emily on Aug 17, 2020 5:10:01 AM

In the 1940's more than half of programmers were women, yet, that proportion hovers around 25% today, with many studies finding that the actual percentage of women is closer to 10% - 20%.  When big tech companies revealed how few of their female employees worked in programming  jobs in 2014, Google had some of the highest rates - 17% of technical roles were occupied by women.

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