How to Become a Superhero Data Analyst and get that Edge in the Workplace?

Sep 02The way organizations make decisions has been evolving. Before the introduction of Business Intelligence, the only options were gut instinct, loudest voice, and best argument. With the rapid progress in data-rich environment, the natural outcome is growing demand for Data Scientist. The rapid expansion of available data, and the tools to access and make use of the data at scale, are enabling fundamental changes to the way organizations make decisions.

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Gaurav Vohra, CEO Jigsaw Academy Among 10 Most Prominent Analytics Academicians in India

Wow! We are honored. In a list just published by Analytics India Magazine, Gaurav Vohra, CEO of Jigsaw Academy has been listed as one of the 10 most prominent Analytics Academicians in India. The article says, “ Gaurav has changed the way analytics education is being imparted in India. With Jigsaw Academy, Gaurav brought the innovative concept of online education in the field on analytics, disrupting the whole industry.”

Find out who else is on the list. Read the full article here

Sep 01

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Data Scientists With Just Two Years’ Experience can Earn Between $200,000 and $300,000

These figures were in a recent Wall Street Journal article ‘Big Data High- Priests of Algorithms’ by Elizabeth Dwoskin. The article also talks about how Data Scientists are often referred to as Unicorns, because the combination of skills required is so rare. Recruiters often have to go to great lengths to woo candidates so as to not lose them to another company. So if you do have Data Scientist in your job title you surely are on the right track. If you don’t. …what are you waiting for? Go on start building your skill set in analytics and watch recruiters flood your inbox with job offers.

Take a look at the full article here

Aug 30

 

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Meet Jigsawite Rachit Khanna… Badminton Champion, Analytics Enthusiast who made a Career Shift into Data Analytics

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Even though I had a B.Tech and MBA, I found I was struggling with my career direction. I needed a shift, a job that I would love doing, a job that would take my career to higher places.

How many of you have had this very thought?

Well, let’s hear firsthand from Rachit, how he managed this shift and began a career in Data Analytics. But first off, here’s a little intro to Rachit:

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Jigsaw Mentor Kiran P.V Contributes to DATA + DESIGN, an International Open-Source Book

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We are proud to share that one of our Mentor’s Kiran P.V has contributed to the book Data + Design, a simple introduction to preparing and visualizing information. What’s awesome about this book is that it is a joint collaboration of more that 50 contributors from 14 different countries. It is a global endeavor to make information design more accessible. Kiran ‘s contribution is chapter 11 on Data Transformations. There he talks about how Data transformations can reveal hidden features and how when transformed, the data can be seen easier. He also explains how to choose the right transformation. The book is a great read for all those interested  in knowing how to present their data so that other people can understand it. 

Congrats Kiran. Jigsaw is proud of you! 

Take a look at the book here: infoactive.co/data-design.

 

It’s not Just Jigsaw that keeps our CEO Busy- Gaurav Vohra Invited to Lecture at IIM Lucknow on Big Data

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You might think that the Jigsaw CEO Gaurav Vohra has enough on his plate just with Jigsaw stuff, but believe it or not, he actually spends a fair bit of his time addressing students and industry professional interested in analytics and Big Data. The truth is, Data Analytics and Big Data is his passion and he enjoys educating others on the subject as well.

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JAM- Jigsaw Analytics Meet Coming Soon to Delhi

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We had a great JAM in Bangalore and the Jigsaw team is now excitedly planning another one in Delhi sometime in November. Calling all Jigsawites in that region to please respond to our survey below. Tell us what you would like to see happen at this event. Kindly rate the activities in Q2 in order of preference(4-Most preferred to 1-Least preferred).

Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BRQ6B5H

Thanks and All Regards,

Jigsaw Team.

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Is there an Data Analyst in you?

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The word ‘analyst ‘is derived from the term ‘analysis’ which means to thoroughly examine the elements or structure of something. Analysts are people who are always looking for the details, the bigger picture, delving into the deeper meaning behind a set of facts or figures. In today’s world where Big Data rules supreme, good analysts are the need of the hour.

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Wiley Jigsaw Launching Their Big Data Certification Course

Take a look at the Press Release announcing the launch of the  Wiley Jigsaw Big Data Certification on 31st August. For those interested in learning more about the course, please visit the course page. Or if you need some specific information about the course content or methodology there is a Q&A session tonight at 8 p.m IST. ( Click here to request for an invite to the info session. There is also another info session on 24th Aug if you miss this one). Read the full article here

20 August

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Which Analytics Tool is Right for my Business?

19 aug

Analytics Tools benefit organizations by helping to put accurate and timely information at the fingertips of decision makers. No doubt that the most important corporate decisions relates to web, customers, sales and financials. It should come as no surprise then, that the most common applications of analytics tools are directed towards optimizing these business processes.

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Review of Top Analytics Courses in India and Singapore

Subhashini Tripati in her article in India Decision Management takes us through the top Analytics Courses in India and Singapore. If you are decided about a career in Data Analytics, then building your skill set is a great idea. What can be confusing though, is choosing the right course. Subhashini in her article says that deciding which course to do largely depends on your requirement, the experience you have and what you want to achieve by doing the course. Take a look at the full article here

18 Aug

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India’s Prime Ministers post Independence – an Interactive Timeline Plot

These days we often encounter visually-rich and interactive applications all over the web. TimelineJS is one of such applications which helps you to build interactive timelines on events of historical importance. And if you are more of a data visualization enthusiast, then D3 or d3.js framework would be really exciting. D3, also named Data-Driven Documents is a javascript library used extensively to create interactive and web based data visualizations. For the visualization, the data is provided by you and the documents are web-based documents based on html.

TimelineJS is one of the many D3 layouts and specific to the use of showcasing time based events over the course of history. In order to work with D3, you should be familiar with javascript and also some knowledge of html would be handy. One alternative to javascript coding would be using new R package called “rCharts” which can create, customize and publish interactive javascript visualizations. Currently it supports multiple javascript charting libraries that are part of D3 such as Polychart, Morris, NVD3, xCharts, HighCharts, Leaflet and Rickshaw. The current application on Prime Ministers of India was created with the help of rCharts and TimelineJS framework.

How Data Analytics Helps Sell More Cars

S RONENDRA SINGH in a recent article in the Hindu Business Line talks about how the automobile industry is using analytics to successfully sell more cars and track customer preferences. India’s top car manufacturers Maruti and Hyundai are using analytics tools to develop new models and find more ways to reduce error rates, thus improving accuracy and quality. Read the full article here

14 August

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Data: Quality, Quantity or Both?

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Marketing guru, John Little said “Data is prolific but poorly digested, often irrelevant and some issues entirely lack the illumination of measurement.”

It is a very profound statement which highlights a common problem even today, close to 45 years after he said it. Data is the bedrock on which analytics practices are built and a carefully crafted data strategy is crucial for any organization embarking on this journey.

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Check out a Review of Wiley Jigsaw’s New Big Data Course on Analytics Vidhya

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Thinking about doing a Big Data certification? Take a look at what Kunal Jain from Analytics Vidhya has to say about the soon to be launched Wiley igsaw Big Data Certification.

To read complete article click here 

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Let’s Meet a Data Scientist in the Making

A few months ago we received this heartwarming email from one of our students
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We immediately got in touch with Ms. Thomas to let her know we were proud of her and asked her if she could tell us more about her interview experience and share any advice for other aspiring Data Scientists . Below are snippets of the interview. But first off here is a short introduction to Ms. J. Thomas.

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Data is Money and Not just for Businesses- This one is for all of you out there Considering a Career in Data

Matt Asay in an article in Tech Page One talks about how Data Scientists outearn everyone else by 113%. And going by the trend so far, this will only increase. He says that though the role of a Data Scientist may be a hard role to fill as it involves a combination of skill sets, the key to success lies in being able to marry statistics, math and code to the “softer” world of instinct born of experience. Read the full article here

7 August

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Five Must-reads for Data Scientists

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Need a reading suggestion for that rainy afternoon? Well if you are an aspiring Data Scientist, then here is a list of books that you definitely need to read:

1.     The Data Science Starter Kit

This gives you the tools you need to get started with data from basic statistics to machine learning and new ways to think about visualization. And if you’re already experienced with data, the Starter Kit will push you further. The package includes (13) titles on R, data analysis, Python, machine learning, and visualization. One could also look at purchasing a singular book depending on the need:

  • Doing Data Science: Straight Talk from the Frontline by Cathy O’Neil and Rachel Schutt
  • Data Science for Business by Foster Provost, Tom Fawcett
  • R Cookbook by Paul Teetor
  • Machine Learning for Hackers by Drew Conway & John Myles White
  • R Graphics Cookbook by Winston Chang
  • Python for Data Analysis: Data Wrangling with Pandas, NumPy, and IPython by Wes McKinney
  • Agile Data Science: Building Data Analytics Applications with Hadoop by Russell Jurney
  • Bad Data Handbook by Q. Ethan McCallum
  • Data Analysis with Open Source Tools By Philipp K. Janert
  • Mining the Social Web, 2nd Edition by Matthew A. Russell
  • R in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition by Joseph Adler
  • Interactive Data Visualization for the Web by Scott Murray
  • Feedback Control for Computer Systems by Philipp K. Janer

2.   Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die by Eric Siegel

One of the most influential personalities in this domain, Eric Siegel talks of the power and perils of prediction in this entertaining book by including case studies from across the globe. Meant for the common man, the book explains predictive modeling and its basics in lay man terms.

Perfect for new data scientists, Predictive Analytics offers tangible and easy-to-understand insights into the complex world of data analysis. Read this book to find out how institutions are increasingly predicting human behavior – whether you’re going to click, buy, lie, or die, as the title suggests. Predictive Analytics also shares the “why” and the “how” of behavior prediction – highlighting the many ways in which predictive analysis is able to improve healthcare, fight crime and boost sales – all through the careful analysis of big data.

3. Big data: A revolution that will transform how we live, work and think by Mayer-Schonberger and Cukier

Aimed to give comprehensive understanding of big data to people new to the subject, this book shows us how enormous, complex and messy collections of data can be used to predict everything from shopping patterns to flu outbreak. It provides a highly detailed introduction to the emerging science of big data, while also uncovering some of the most pressing issues related to both its current and future applications. Exploring big data in business, health, politics and more, you’ll learn all about how big data is transforming the way we process the information around us. Big Data also reveals the threats of data science, including the pervasive erosion of personal privacy. Overall, the book offers a strong introduction to the big data revolution and is an excellent resource for budding data scientists exploring the field.

4.  The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction by Nate Silver

Political forecaster Nate Silver recently won a lot of accolades for his accurate prediction of the results of every single state in the 2012 US election. In this book, he reveals how one can develop better foresight in this uncertain world. From the stock market to the poker table, from earthquakes to the economy, he takes us on an enthralling insider’s tour of the high-stakes world of forecasting, showing how we can use information in a smarter way amid a noise of data – and make better predictions in our own lives. Without accurate methods, the sheer abundance of data can make predictions go bad, especially when confronted with the limits of human cognition. Read ‘The Signal and the Noise’ to find out how forecasters are able to overcome biases and unpredictability to uncover accurate, meaningful predictions in a vast sea of noisy data.

5. Big Data at Work: Dispelling the Myths, Uncovering the Opportunities by Thomas Davenport

One of big data’s most fascinating applications is in the world of business. Big data can illuminate decision making, improve customer relationships and streamline organizations. Thomas Davenport‘s Big Data at Work explains the opportunities, impact and critical factors for successfully using big data in business. This book is an excellent guide for businesses interested in harnessing the power of big data, illustrating how leading organizations are using data science to improve the ways they do business.

While there a plenty more authors and books one can look into, the above list is comprehensive in terms of covering many basic fundamentals and for amazing case studies. We hope this proves useful!

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Do you Know you can use Analytics to Find that Perfect Apartment?

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Analytics is booming and today we see it being used in traditional and non traditional sectors. One of these sectors is the Real Estate Industry. Essentially real estate can help answer the following questions:

  • What kind of data is available?
  • What kind of analysis is possible?
  • What are the Challenges in the market currently?
  • How can we improve the customer experience?
  • How can we use the insights from data to improve profitabilty?

Let’s discuss in more detail how Analytics can make a difference in helping Agents/Owners and buyers make a more effective deal.

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