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A Simple Introduction to Data Science

Narrated by: Owen Daly
Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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Lars Nielsen and Noreen Burlingame provide a brief, understandable, user-friendly guide to all aspects of Data Science. The authors address the various skills required, the key steps in the Data Science process, software technology related to the effective practice of Data Science, and the best rising academic programs for training in the field.

Contents: Data Science Summarized * What is Big Data * Hadoop * Data Management * Data Cleaning * Data Modeling for Unstructured Data * Predictive Analysis * Creativity and Intuition (or Posing the Right Question, at the Right Time, for the Right Data) * Data Visualization (or Telling the Story) * Cassandra * Academic Programs

©2012 New Street Communications, LLC (P)2014 New Street Communications, LLC

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excellent introduction - very clear

Nicely produced and cogently presented rudiments of data science in a presentation ideal for the non-technical novice who needs to understand this most essential emerging aspect of the enterprise.

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Remarkably clear introduction to a complex subject

Where does A Simple Introduction to Data Science rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the best in both content and production.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Simple Introduction to Data Science?

Not a narrative story so really does not have "moments." Good information overall.

What about Owen Daly’s performance did you like?

Resonant, easy-to-listen-to voice with excellent delivery.

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A damn good "first" book regarding an important area for professionals to be aware of, and exploit.

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Excellent "gateway drug" for the layman

I found this book to be a profoundly enlightening and clear explanation re: the rudiments of data science - its techniques, benefits and potential pitfalls. Highly recommended.

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Buzz-word soup

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book reads like a business buzz-word circle jerk at a networking event. "Data Science is the aggregating of a data analytics pipeline for synergistic enterprise solutions around agile teamwork cohorts." It reads like a pitch. I don't know what I was supposed to learn from this book, but I didn't learn anything. Wikipedia righted me.

Good narrator though.

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Short and simple.

As my first audio book on data science, I loved it's concise and to the point. I loved that the authors didn't get lost in the vast sea od data-related knowledge. I did however, sometimes had to rewind to understand something. Nevertheless, as a beginner book it did what it was meant to: mention and explain the tools and concepts and left to the listener to explore further.

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Introductory book

This is a super short introduction to data science. It gives you appetite for more.

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A good starter book

A great place to start. Gives you a good idea of what Data Science and Analytics really is.

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Light on detail

I would have enjoyed more detail on the available tools and examples of the use of Data Science.

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Very high level overview

Not enough detail. If you are looking for a high level overview, this book is good, otherwise it's a waste of an hour.

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Not a lot of content here

In one section he simply read from the Hadoop website, while in data cleaning section he gave no more information than the Wikipedia article on the same subject. If you are just looking for buzzards and concepts for your next interview this book will do the job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-18

a very superficial introduction to data science.

if you don't know why data science is important, this audiobook will give you very good examples. however if you are familiar with the field, it does not help much.

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  • James Shields
  • 03-18-16

Waste of time

I usually try to give positive reviews, otherwise I say nothing. But this, like some others, deserves comment. Superficial trivial put together in a hurry complete and utter drivel. Don't waste your tim