Psst! Wanna look at some COVID-19 data?

Maybe you’ve heard enough about this lately. But if you’re trying to learn data science, whether with Python or R, this is a chance to do it with something very timely.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control publishes new data daily here in csv, xml and json format. It also includes some R code for reading it.

This site has some basic Python code to help you get the data and put it into a data frame with pandas. If you don’t know any pandas, it’s a great way to work with tabular data in Python.

So knock yourself out, and let me know if you find something interesting.

Free Linux books, but hustle!

I just found out about it today, and it ends tomorrow.

This material is from Jason Cannon, who offers cheap training via Udemy and more expensive training with his own classes. I’ve never taken his full price classes, but I’d consider it, because he’s done a terrific job with what I have seen.

What have I seen? His Udemy classes on vim and Linux. I learned vim many years ago when I found myself having to use a Unix server regularly, but I picked up so many more useful tips from his docs and demonstrations. The Linux class was useful too.

This one is expensive, but sounds interesting:

What I’ve seen of his Linux training focuses on Centos, which is similar to openSUSE, which is common in enterprise settings. But there are countless other flavors of Linux, along with people willing to argue forever about which is the best.

If you have a Mac you already have unix, so there’s no problem learning basics and scripting. Obviously it’s not a problem if you are already running Linux. But Windows 10 users can play with Linux too, and on the cheap – check into the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Why Linux? You’ll find out, trust me…

Free “Jumpstart with R” course (but not for long)

There are many sources of course work for R and other data science topics. I haven’t tried Business Science but it’s hard to resist free. Even if you already know the stuff it can be useful to have it presented from another perspective with different examples, especially if you don’t use it very often and are subject to getting rusty.

Yeah, they’ll pitch paid products at you – they *do* have to make a living.

So check it out here.