Analytics

Evolving From SQL Monkey to BI Pro

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The notion that business intelligence (BI) developers are no more than SQL monkeys who crank out reports is outdated. Companies need to handle increasingly complex data flows, so they’re looking for candidates with cross-discipline skill sets. If you want to distinguish yourself, you’ll have to do a lot more than produce a daily Crystal Report. Overlapping Roles According to David Yang, co-founder and lead instructor at Fullstack Academy, the increasing overlap between business intelligence and evolving fields such as data… continue…

Analytics Suggest Gender Bias in Job Postings

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In March, Kieran Snyder, CEO of machine-learning firm Textio, published a piece in Fortune that teased out the stark differences in how men and women write resumes. By using her company’s software to analyze 1,100 tech-industry resumes (512 from men, 588 from women), Snyder found that women tend to write longer resumes, go into more detail about professional experiences, and include more information about their personal lives than their male colleagues. “If you want top talent, you need to recognize… continue…

How to Become a Data Scientist

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What’s the best advice I would give a budding data scientist? Not everyone has the time or the inclination to get a Ph.D. (and doing so full time or part time is a lengthy endeavor). But there is a big demand for the profession right now, with an estimated shortage of as many as 190,000 data scientists, which is unlikely to get filled anytime soon by the people already enrolled in Ph.D. or undergraduate programs. Check out the latest data science… continue…

Why I Became Involved in Data Science, Part 2

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This is a continuation of our short series ‘Why I Became Involved in Data Science’. Click here to read the Part 1 stories. Saba Teserra, Data Scientist I guess I always liked to find the structure in a mess, although early on I thought that meant matching strings and counting words. Somewhere along the way, I learned more about the distribution of words in text and their linguistic significance to syntax and semantics; that made unstructured natural-language data processing all… continue…

Why I Became Involved in Data Science, Part 1

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Why do people decide to become data scientists? Read these personal stories from the members of the Dice Data Science team to see what draws people to one of the hottest professions in tech. Simon Hughes, Chief Data Scientist Growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s with movies such as Terminator 2, Aliens and Blade Runner, I became fascinated with robots and artificial intelligence (AI) from a young age. As a teenager I decided that a true AI would need… continue…

Amazon Launches Machine-Learning Platform

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Ever wanted a machine-learning platform capable of making predictions based on your in-house data? Even if the thought never actually crossed your mind, you can’t deny that the concept has a certain appeal: Who wouldn’t want a system capable of offering up solid advice, based on everything your business has done? Amazon, which has evidently never met some aspect of storage and analytics it didn’t want to try and sell for cheap to businesses all over the world, has just… continue…

The Highest-Paid Big Data Skills

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Yes, “Big Data” has become one of those buzzwords, along with “cloud,” that’s way overused these days. But it’s clear that employers want tech pros who can analyze massive datasets and deliver actionable intelligence: According to the most recent Dice Report, firms in several states consider data-analytics skills a critical resource, one that they’re more than happy to shell out big bucks to obtain. Dice found that a full 24 percent of survey respondents in Seattle had Big Data skills—an… continue…

Dice Report: The Hottest Big Data Markets

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Looking for tech professionals with Big Data skills? Not surprisingly, many companies are. It’s probably also not surprising that the highest concentration of tech professionals with Big Data skills can be found in predictable places. More on that in a moment. Some of the hottest skills associated with Big Data, namely Hadoop, MapReduce, HBase, Flume and Pig, are amongst the top 10 highest-paid tech skills, according to Dice’s Annual Salary Survey. Big Data is becoming a must-have skill set across… continue…

Want to Boost Your Pay? Learn Data Analytics

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Data analytics: It’s not just for data scientists anymore. According to a new report (PDF) from the Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), more than half of the American workforce (that’s 74.3 million people) works with data in some way. Some 10.3 million of those workers rely on “fairly sophisticated” software to perform data analytics. The ESA defines a “data job” as one in which an employee: Analyzes data or information Processes information via coding or categorizing Interacts… continue…

How We Data-Mine Related Tech Skills

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One of the earliest and most interesting data science projects we’ve embarked on is automatically learning which professional skills relate to one another, based on our data. For instance, if someone lists data science as a skill, it’s likely they also know machine learning, R or python and Hadoop. This project has a lot of potential uses on our site, from suggesting related skills when a user adds technology skills to their profile, to enhancing our search and job recommendation… continue…