I am a business analyst but I am interested in data science. I have done Bachelor in Accounting. I have certificate programming in C, C++ and some theortical knowledge of SQL.
Can anyone suggest self training methods, books to buy.
Appreciate your assistance
Hi John, The first question to answer is 'what kinds of problems to I want to work on? 'Secondly, I suggest that you ask yourself, 'do I want to be highly quantitative and computational, or would I rather be more of a semi-technical MBA-like analyst.' For your book question, I'm a big fan of the O'Reilly collection. Maybe a first book to read would be Doing Data Science. From there, you could start with a few books on Baysian Stats, Python for Data Science, Machine Learning, and then Social Network Analysis. Again, I like the O'Reilly series because they're accessible, affordable, and hands-on. IMHO
Alternatively, you could consider taking on a master's degree in data science. For example, we have one here at The City University of New York (http://sps.cuny.edu/programs/ms_dataanalytics), there are other options such as the program at NCSU (http://analytics.ncsu.edu) or Berkeley (http://datascience.berkeley.edu). All great options depending on your interests, budget, and schedule. There are a bunch of choices out there. Look around.
Hope this is helpful, Paul Russo, Ph.D.
Thank you very much for the guidance, This is helpful.