A Brief Guide to Thriving and Getting the Most out of Your Experience

Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re looking for ways to survive the stresses of your Data Science bootcamp — or any technical bootcamp for that matter. Welcome! You’re not alone — there’s a multitude of alums from the many technical bootcamps and all have survived and thrived and you will, too. From my own experience, I’ve found a handful of helpful things to keep in mind that helped me both survive and thrive through the experience. Is this a comprehensive list? Not by any stretch. You…

Can we differentiate between Bodyweight Fitness and Weightlifting subreddit posts?

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I’m a data nerd. Yes, I admit, I love Data Science and all things data. But I also have a passion for exercise and fitness and, as a certified personal trainer, what better way to combine my passions than a data project that attempts to understand a few of the multitude of fitness interests that exist. It’s a perfect marriage of interests that would allow me to grow in my understanding of both.

Before starting a new data visualization project, I ask myself a few questions. These questions help me shape the project and target it to its intended audiences.

In this post, I discuss the questions that every newbie should think about when starting a new project. I use poverty rate as a topic to illustrate my points.*


This is one of the most important questions to ask at the start of a project. Data visualization is about, duh, visualizing the data. So data is the most important thing (in this case, the poverty rate).

However, successful data graphics are targeted to…

When I first started studying Data Visualization, I began to see a diverse range of opinions on pie charts. Some seem to like them while some seem to hate them! So I set out to examine both sides and learn more about why people say they are either good or bad. I learned alot from examining the texts of several Data Visualization experts and have attempted to distill their expertise into a short blog post as food for thought. If this has whet your appetite, please dig into the sources cited because you will learn so much!

Opinion 1: Pie charts are bad

There seems to…

Resources To Help Enhance Accessibility for Persons with Color Blindness

If you’ve created a data visualization, chances are you’ve taken some time to consider the colors making up your visualization. But have you ever stopped to think that maybe not everyone can fully appreciate and enjoy that beautiful visualization you’ve spent so much time poring into?

Color blindness — something that primarily affects men — comes in several variations with red-green color blindness affecting between 5 and 10 percent of all men. Red-green color blindness is when the viewer has difficulty distinguishing between the colors red and green. Blue-yellow color blindness is the difficulty telling the difference between blues and…

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve arrived here because you’ve asked yourself one of several questions along the lines of “what am I doing with your life”, “am I in the right career”, or, more specifically, “should I make a switch to data scientist?” These are questions that only you can answer at the end of the day. But if my story helps you on your journey, no matter the direction, then I am glad.

Like a fair number of high schoolers, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. So off I went to…

Jennifer Brown

Data Scientist, Data Visualization enthusiast, cat lover, and avid reader.

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