A Great Introduction to Data Science and Big Data.

SimpleIntroDataScienceFor those of you foraying into the world of Big Data (BD) and Data Science (DS), it can be challenging to find a single resource to help paint a meaningful high-level picture of what this stuff is all about.  Personally, I always like to start with a 30,000 foot view of the challenge or endeavor before me.  I find that it helps frame the important concepts better enabling the consumption and digestion of the details to follow.  This tiered approach is especially important to the disciplines of BD and DS.  A book I read in less than 45 minutes completely satisfied my 30,000 foot criteria.  The key to this book’s success is the organic progression of each chapter, the breadth of topics introduced and its overall brevity.  The authors (in a mere 65 pages) walk you through a summary of data science, a working definition of big data, the new technologies necessitated by big data, aspects of the data analytics lifecycle, key characteristics of a data scientist and approaches to effective communication as a data scientist.  If you have an interest in DS or BD, get your hands on this book.  It provides a simple overview of the complicated disciplines of data science and big data.

Louis V. Frolio

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