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Data Science: Mindset, Methodologies, and Misconceptions by Zacharias Voulgaris PhD

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Chapter 4 The Data Scientist’s Toolbox

Alot has been said about what a data scientist needs to know in terms of data tools and software. People’s views oscillate between the two extremes of either needing at least one virtual machine on the cloud, equipped with everything the “experts” think we need, and not needing anything at all apart from a programming language (usually Python) and a personal computer. Unfortunately, things are not so simple. A data scientist’s toolbox includes many things, ranging from specialized software, to programming languages, to data science packages for these languages. What is essential for you depends on a) how much money you are willing to spend, and b) the sophistication of the problem you are trying to solve. ...

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