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Lessons Learned from Building a Silly Twitter Bot

Why Have Side Projects? Whenever I am asked the best ways to learn data science, I always encourage folks to find a problem to solve that is interesting and unrelated to work. In other words, a side project. The rationale for this advice is simple: learning new tech skills is difficult. Therefore, you should tackle problems that bring as much joy as possible while also avoiding email entanglements or late-night Slack boondoggles.

The Modal Institution of Higher Education

I have enjoyed NPR’s Planet Money podcast for many years. They always have an interesting perspective on matters foreign and domestic; macro and micro; trivial and critical. It’s also a space that doesn’t shy away from wonky, data-filled policy debates. A recent episode, The Modal American, talked listeners through a full analytic pipeline including the research question, an explanation of the methodology and the results. Planet Money’s specific research question was whether they could aggregate IPUMS data (Go Gophers!

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R Markdown This is an R Markdown document. Markdown is a simple formatting syntax for authoring HTML, PDF, and MS Word documents. For more details on using R Markdown see http://rmarkdown.rstudio.com. You can embed an R code chunk like this: summary(cars) ## speed dist ## Min. : 4.0 Min. : 2.00 ## 1st Qu.:12.0 1st Qu.: 26.00 ## Median :15.0 Median : 36.00 ## Mean :15.4 Mean : 42.