As the field of Data Science continues to heat up fast, there are an increasing number of options to gain an education in this area. Many traditional colleges and universities are beginning to offer data science degree programs. But the educational option that’s exciting a lot of people is the MOOC (massive open online course) through sites such as Coursera, edX, Udacity and others. I’ve decided to put together a pseudo data science degree program below that includes only free MOOC offerings (there may be a charge for a certificate if you want one). You won’t have an official degree if you go through all the course material, but you will acquire a lot of practical knowledge designed to retool yourself and gain employment in the field.
Data Science 101 – Statistics One
Data Science 102 – Computing for Data Analysis replaced with Data Science Specialization from Johns Hopkins
Data Science 103 – Data Analysis replaced with Data Science Specialization from Johns Hopkins
Data Science 104 – Introduction to Data Science
Free Data Science Books
To go along with the coursework, there also are a number of excellent free books available:
Mining of Massive Datasets
Bayesian Reasoning and Machine Learning (pdf)
Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms
Gaussian Processes for Machine Learning (pdf)
The Elements of Statistical Learning
Introduction to Machine Learning (pdf)
Think Bayes (pdf)
As the interest in data science continues to grow, and as the shortage in talent becomes apparent, the timing is excellent to retool yourself and climb aboard the data science gravy train. If you know of any other good educational resources for data science and machine learning, please leave a note for all of us.