My experience with Georgia Tech’s MS Analytics program

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In late 2017, I started looking at different online masters programs with a heavy quantitative focus. This included statistics, data science, analytics, economics, and various MBA programs. Unfortunately, many of the top programs, such as Carnegie Mellon’s Business Analytics or Berkeley’s Data Science program, had crazy price tags of $50,000 or more. While a higher salary is not the only reason I wanted a masters, the high tuition put a sizable dent in the potential return on investment. After researching programs for several weeks, I finally found what I was looking for. This analytics program had a price tag under…


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After writing my first review of the OMSA program, I have been contacted by many prospective and current students. Because this program attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds, providing advice that applies to everyone can be challenging. Below are some of the most common questions I receive and my attempt to answer them.

Is OMSA the right program for me?

If you read the program description on their degree overview page, they use the descriptor, “interdisciplinary”. I think this was the perfect word choice for the program. The range of topics covered in this program come from a wide variety of disciplines. The required courses…


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Here are a dozen of the most common SQL interview questions you will see during an interview for a data professional role. I would highly suggest you attempt to answer the questions and write prospective queries for each question before you compare your answers to mine at the end of the article. To answer these questions, I created a fake dataset and a schema to run queries against. The database schema is outlined just below the questions. That will get you started. Once you finish the questions, you can scroll past the data tables to see the answers.

Questions

  1. Determine the…

After talking to that one friend who knows finance or doing a little googling, much of the financial advice seems to point you in one direction — open an IRA. Congrats! You made a significant step forward in your financial journey. Unfortunately, most of this discussion stops short of the next step — Which company offers the best IRA account for your situation? We are in the age of WAY TOO MANY OPTIONS, so of course there are dozens of brokerages offering IRAs. Before you enter this rabbit hole, you may find solace in the fact that choosing any brokerage…


Applying statistical concepts, like variance, to the real world

In every introductory statistics class, you are forced to learn about the basic descriptive statistics — mean, median, mode, and standard deviation. These calculations give you a quick summary of any dataset. The key word here is summary. In any summary, you zoom out to describe the dataset and can easily miss some of the important details. What gets lost in these introductory courses, is how these descriptive statistics apply to your life outside of the spreadsheet. You don’t need to be a data analyst to utilize these concepts. …


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The other day I was chatting with my father about the stock market when he mentioned that he liked General Electric ($GE) because it was cheap. I cringed immediately. Every time I hear someone use “cheap” to describe a stock it takes every ounce of my being not to go into full rant. This is not the first time he has used this word nor is he the only one to use this word so freely (pun intended?).

The use of “cheap” as a descriptor seems innocent enough until you start to think about its actual meaning.


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I first ordered The Hundred-Page Machine Learning book back in May and am only just now finishing it up. In COVID-time, that was about 10 years ago. As you might have inferred, this book is NOT a quick read. What it lacks in easy reading, it makes up for in efficiency. This book swallows up the heavyweight mathematics textbooks and spits out a slim product no thicker than the width of my smartphone. From page one all the way to page 136, Andriy Burkov, the author, does not waste a single word in distilling the most practical concepts in machine…


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In a world where everything is connected to the internet, and yes I mean everything (NSFW), the threat of being hacked is always present. The most recent notable security leak was with Robinhood. Bloomberg reported that “Almost 2,000 Robinhood Market accounts were compromised in a recent hacking spree that siphoned off customer funds, a sign that the attacks were more widespread than was previously known” (Source). There seems to be a newsworthy cyber hack or data leak almost every week. Fortunately, there are a number of easy safeguards that you can implement to provide more protection. …


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A sprint during Agile software development

Agile can be defined as the ability to move quickly and easily. However, for those in tech they might associate agile with something else entirely. Agile methodology is a popular framework for managing software development projects. More specifically, it is a style of project management where you develop a product in short cycles (or sprints), providing flexibility for revisions as necessary. It requires constant improvement through these iterations of testing and reflection. Done is better than perfect.

So how does agile methodology relate to life?

There is a reason that hiring managers use experience as the best barometer for success in a role. While experienced candidates might not…


An introduction to JSON files.

While Voorhees, Statham, and Derulo all have their talents, both good and evil, I would propose that the best Json goes to the machine-readable file format. Json, or rather JSON, is an important acronym in the tech world. JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation. It is frequently used by data professionals, software engineers, and folks in IT. If you have never written a piece of code, this will seem like a foreign language to you. Guess what? It is.

Let’s break it down.

{ JS: JavaScript }

JavaScript is a scripting or programming language that allows you to implement complex features on web…

Steven Finkelstein

Data analytics professional @PepsiCo | “The Data Generalist”| Stats, ML/AI, Data, Investing, Finance | Twitter @datageneralist | https://thedatageneralist.com/

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