Book List: Statistics, Probability, and Prediction

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These three books paired really well together. There was a little information overlap between the books, but each had a different and interesting focus. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t by Nate Silver My rating: 5 of 5 stars As a librarian, I immediately felt a kinship with Nate Silver’s main premise: in a world of data, theory is more important, not less. It is a common argument that the internet and … Read More

Am I a Data Scientist Now? Review of Coursera’s Data Science Specialization


No, I’m not a data scientist now. But I do have a wider understanding of data science and a few new skills thanks to’s Data Science Specialization. This summer I completed the first four classes: The Data Scientist’s Toolbox, R Programming, Getting and Cleaning Data, and Exploratory Data Analysis. Motivation for taking these courses came from several places. Earlier this year, someone suggested to me that these courses would make a good model for a library’s data management education program. … Read More