Book Review(s): Writing Quality Code

Summary: Clean Code is a clear guide to writing better software which can be applied to data mining and SQL queries. The Pragmatic Programmer is a more detailed but slightly more antiquated book. Code Complete is a massive tome full of specific guidance.

Clean Code and The Pragmatic Programmer Book Covers

Select Census Geographies include State, Zip Code, MSPA, Congressional District and More.

Get US Census Data with R

Summary: The US Census provides an API that lets you query any of their datasets. Includes population by race, gender, age, and more by zip code, state, congressional district, and a few other geographies.

Using the caret package in R

Summary: The caret package was developed by Max Kuhn and contains a handful of great functions that help with parameter tuning. Purpose of the caret Package The caret package lets you quickly automate model tuning. ¬†Using a training and holdout sample, the caret package trains a model you provide and returns the optimal model based […]

How to Host the Best Training Sessions

Summary: The best training sessions gather information on the audience before and after by using a survey. There are no surprises in the class because handouts detail everything that is taught. Lastly, analogies are used and students participate in order to cement the knowledge.

Possible Training Path for New Analysts