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Dataquest certificates for python programming

Had the chance to complete my training for fundamentals of python, NUMPY and PANDAs, all of which are essential for data science research. The knowledge is particularly relevant for analysing dataframes, and provide the essential building blocks to execute more sophisticated commands found in other online resources. As the saying goes, learning never stops, and I certainly hope that you are having this positive attitude wherever you go!

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Certificate of completion: Data visualization fundamentals with python

Certification of completion for data visualisation fundamentals by Dataquest

Happy to have completed the course on data visualisation fundamentals by Dataquest. Key packages required are:

import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import seaborn as sns

numpy and pandas packages are important for storing and manipulating datasets, as well as for performing calculations for correlation. matplotlib.pyplot package is useful for plotting scatterplots, histograms and cumulative frequency distributions. Finally seaborn package is can plot multi-dimensional data involving multiple variables. The nitty gritty details of how to change to settings of graphs, such as adding graph titles, changing x or y-axis ticks, rotation of labelling, sizes of symbols and colours are also covered in this course. Satisfied with the learning experience, which is definitely much more important than the certificate itself. To all others trying to learn coding like me, Gambatte!

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My experience with Dataquest for learning Python

Learning a programming language can be challenging, especially without guidance or mentorship. Recently, due to my interest in creating JupyterLab, I decided to leverage on online platforms to learn more about Python. Within a short period of time, I was able to narrow down to either Dataquest or DataCamp. Eventually, I chose Dataquest because:

  1. Dataquest allows selection of a career track that allows me to prioritise learning the essentials first.
  2. Have more open-ended questions allow better retaining of information and knowledge.
  3. Provides realistic datasets (especially dataframes) so that you can directly apply some of these codes to real-life scenarios.
  4. Contents given are engaging and interactive. You can also choose to skip sections that may not be of interest to your applications.

In summary, I have been learning from Dataquest for almost a week and was so satisfied with the course design that I bought the premium membership after a day of testing out. You may also consider using the referral address: app.dataquest.io/referral-signup/gcrv9rw5/ to get $15 discount for the premium membership. This COVID-19 pandemic is probably the best chance to learn a new skill at your convenience and bioinformatics could be something of interest to you!