Including Non-technical and Technical Books

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In my journey towards starting a career in data science, I read books to gain a better understanding of the field. I recommend some of the books I read, including 4 books for general audiences and 2 technical books for aspiring data scientists. Someone with no technical skills at all…

All You Can Pay: How Companies Use Our Data to Empty Our Wallets by Anna Bernasek and D.T. Mongan

All You Can Pay: How Companies Use Our Data to Empty Our Wallets explains how Big Data companies are not just emptying our wallets but changing our world. Authors Anna Bernasek and D.T. Mongan illustrate through easy to understand stories and thoughtful analysis how the use of data is changing…

My experience with self-studying, boot camps, and financial aid

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Boot camps or career accelerator programs are short-term education programs designed to help you learn new skills and find a job. I recommend boot camps for experienced folks switching into tech from different fields. The real value in boot camps is the career placement assistance that they provide. …

A Brief Review of “Inducing visibilities: An attempt at Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s aesthetic epistemology”

Article by Erna Fiorentini: “Inducing visibilities: An attempt at Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s aesthetic epistemology” / Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42 (2011) 391–394

Drawing of Purkinje cells (A) and granule cells (B) from pigeon cerebellum by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, 1899; Instituto Cajal, Madrid, Spain.

Erna Fiorentini’s study on the scientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of neuroscience, introduces the idea of “aesthetic epistemology” to…

ELIF, Explain it like I’m 5 version

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This article is a simple summary of my notes on Linear Regression; explain it like I’m 5 version.

Linear Regression is a foundational machine learning algorithm, which is supervised — meaning we know what the data represents. It is used to model the relationship between two or more things, i.e…

And How I Have Grown Since Then

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My programming journey, from knowing nothing to learning some programming skills to getting a job in tech, has been transformational and challenging. And definitely not linear! This skillset is rewarding, profitable and attainable for most people. …

Unanticipated aspects of working in the tech industry from a bootcamp graduate

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In this article, I share the top 3 things that I learned about working in the tech industry as a boot camp graduate. My first year and a half in industry was rough. After toiling and hustling to break into a new tech career, the work place became a wild…

Answering FAQs About Data Science Boot Camp

After publishing a blog post about my experience choosing and preparing for data science boot camp, I have gotten many follow up questions, especially ones about life after boot camp. For these people who are considering boot camp, I am hopeful that these blogs and my YouTube channel will help…

Office Hours

My first foray into job hunting in tech (as a bootcamp grad)

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I recently made a career transition from artist to data engineer and wanted to share what I learned. By sharing my personal journey, I attempt to give my best advice based on entering the tech field as a newb and I am hopeful that this will help and inspire others.

How I Got My First Job In Tech (Job Application Tips)

The psychology of uncertainty is the biggest challenge when searching for a job. There’s ups and downs and lots of rejection. In this article, I will describe my approach to job hunting, including goals, tips and techniques I used.

I landed my first job in technology after about a year…

Jesse Ruiz (she/they)

Data Scientist, Data Engineer, Artist, Queer, San Antonio, TX

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