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September 07 2020

IMC High-Performance Tech Workshop - 24 October 2020

Free Student Event | Saturday 24 October 2020 | Online Overview Portfolio trading and position management IMC Trading is looking for bright and driven computer science undergraduates who are proficient in a programming language (ideally Java) and interested in a career as a software engineer to ... Read more

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September 07 2020

IMC Trading Workshop - 24 October 2020

Free Student Event | Saturday 24 October 2020 | Online Overview Real-world Quantitative Finance in Python IMC Trading is looking for bright and driven undergraduates with experience in Python who are interested in a career in trading to join the online IMC Trading Workshop. Read more

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August 18 2020

Case study: Data Analyst Apprentice identifies £30k of savings for GSK

Five months ago, the first cohort of GSK’s Data Analyst Apprenticeship Academy, which was designed to equip employees with practical data analysis skills, including Python, was launched. The technical skills already being applied in various departments are making waves throughout GSK’s UK and ... Read more

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August 12 2020

Data science apprenticeships; learning pathways for upskilling staff

Over the last decade, skills in data science and AI have become increasingly valuable for organisations of all sizes and across all sectors. But across the UK, there isn’t enough talent to meet the rising demand; Read more

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June 18 2020

Cambridge Spark launches government-funded upskilling programme for AI and Machine Learning

Cambridge Spark, the specialist Data Science and AI apprenticeship training provider and creators of the EDUKATE.AI® learning platform, are today announcing the launch of the AI Apprenticeships (L7) Academy to tackle the nationwide shortage of Data Scientists and Machine Learning Engineers. Read more

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June 12 2020

How data analysts are adding value to businesses in every sector

Data analysts are in high demand across all sectors as more and more businesses are working to harness their data to provide actionable insights. In this blog post, we take a look at the role and value of a data analyst, and how they can benefit businesses in a wide range of sectors. Read more

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May 21 2020

5 data science skills your business needs - and how to get them

Data science can add enormous value to any business. It’s not just relevant for data-driven departments and roles, but is useful across a range of functions including marketing, logistics, and banking. Read more

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May 14 2020

The benefits of 'learning by doing' in data science training

Many companies are choosing to build their data science capabilities from within, by upskilling their existing staff. But with so many data science training programmes available, how do you choose the right one for your team? When choosing a data science training programme, it's important to ... Read more

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April 25 2020

Case study: Upskilling GSK staff with the Data Analyst Apprenticeship

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches, develops and manufactures innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products. Read more

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April 24 2020

5 Business Benefits of Data Analyst Apprenticeships

Your business alone is producing incredible amounts of data on a daily basis: about customers, user experience, web traffic, marketing effectiveness, and more. Read more

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April 17 2020

6 benefits of virtual learning for data science training

It’s an exciting time for people working in data science. Around 90% of the world’s data has been generated over the past couple of years.  Read more

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March 23 2020

Top 10 FAQ's Employers have About the Data Analyst Apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship Levy is making it easier for companies to upskill their employees with the tools and knowledge to succeed in today’s market. With a Data Analyst Apprenticeship (Level 4), your staff will learn how to collect, manage and analyse data to provide actionable insights for your ... Read more

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March 16 2020

Learn How To Code In Python Over 10 Evening Classes

Cambridge Spark will launch a new Introduction to Python for Data Analysis Bootcamp at our brand new London AI Campus in September. Read more

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March 12 2020

Cambridge Spark Launch Applied Data Science Bootcamp In Edinburgh

Cambridge Spark is launching a new Applied Data Science Bootcamp in Edinburgh on 12 September 2020. Read more

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March 09 2020

Cambridge Spark launch London AI Campus and plan new AI apprenticeship

2020 is set to be a big year here at Cambridge Spark. We are about to open our new London AI Campus in Kings Cross, are set to become the first provider of a new artificial intelligence specialist apprenticeship, and are planning to expand in the US. Read more

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March 09 2020

Choosing a Data Analyst Apprenticeship Training Provider: 7 Tips for Employers

Upskilling your team with a Data Analyst Apprenticeship can help you build the internal capabilities your company needs to succeed both now and in the future. But choosing an apprenticeship training provider can be a complex task. Read more

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March 04 2020

Predicting Diabetes Progression Based on BMI, Using Linear Regression

In this tutorial, we will consider a very simple linear regression model, which is the backbone of several time series and high dimensional models (VAR, Lasso, Adalasso, Boosting, Bagging, to name a few). Read more

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February 28 2020

Cambridge Spark Launch Data Analyst Apprenticeship Academy

Cambridge Spark is launching a new Data Analyst Apprenticeship Academy in May 2020, to be held at their brand new “London AI Campus” in Kings Cross. Read more

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February 25 2020

The Apprenticeship Levy: helping companies fill the digital skills gap

The digital skills gap is being felt by businesses in every sector. 75% of UK executives are experiencing challenges in recruiting the digital skills they need. And IBM predicts that in 2020, data science will account for 28% of all digital jobs, but that many of these places will remain unfilled ... Read more

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February 19 2020

Word Embeddings in Python with Spacy and Gensim

Word embeddings are vector representations of words, which can then be used to train models for machine learning. Read more

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January 13 2020

Neural Networks in Python: From Sklearn to PyTorch and Probabilistic Neural Networks

This tutorial covers different concepts related to neural networks with Sklearn and PyTorch. Neural networks have gained lots of attention in machine learning (ML) in the past decade with the development of deeper network architectures (known as deep learning).  Read more

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January 06 2020

Webinar: Boosting Diversity in Tech - Make the Levy Work for Your Organisation - 6th February, 11:00-11:30 (GMT)

Overview This webinar will use the National Apprenticeship Week theme of “Look Beyond” to share factual information about how apprenticeships can be used to increase diversity and bring business benefits to your organisation.  Read more

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December 16 2019

IMC Trading Connects with Top-Tier Undergraduate Talent via Cambridge Spark

IMC is a leading global market maker, using algorithmic trading and advanced technology to buy and sell securities on multiple trading venues worldwide.  Read more

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December 12 2019

Introduction to Text Classification

In this tutorial, we will explore a basic workflow to train and evaluate a model to classify text. Note that there are many important aspects not covered in what follows, such as exploratory data analysis (EDA) or hyper-parameter optimisation. Read more

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December 10 2019

Webinar: Recruiting and Retaining Data Scientists – 19th February, 12:00 - 12:30 (GMT)

There is an increasingly competitive market to find the right data science talent, with a limited talent pool and a high demand for a variety of skills. This webinar with our CEO, Dr Raoul-Gabriel Urma, will share our insights into talent attraction and technical assessment as a leader in data ... Read more

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December 06 2019

Interview with Capstone Project Partner: causaLens

Machine learning (ML) has quickly become an integral part of the financial sector, allowing forward-thinking executives to get an edge on the market. An article by Towards Data Science stated that 46% of large FinTechs and 30% of large financial institutions identified AI as the most relevant ... Read more

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November 28 2019

Implementing your own recommender systems in Python

Nowadays, recommender systems are used to personalize your experience on the web, telling you what to buy, where to eat or even who you should be friends with. People's tastes vary, but generally follow patterns.  Read more

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November 26 2019

Apprenticeship Series: The Age of Apprenticeships

So far this blog has been based on my perspective, so I asked my colleagues from a range of training programmes, to share the number one question they’re asked about apprenticeships. Unanimously, they replied: Read more

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November 20 2019

Data Processing with Pandas Dataframe

The purpose of this tutorial is to teach you how to process data with Pandas DataFrame. Read more

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October 29 2019

Production-ready code for Data Science at the BBC

Learn how Cambridge Spark helped the BBC data science teams embed best practice into their daily routines when they set out to change their software engineering landscape, in order to increase audience engagement, through targeting them with more relevant content.  Read more

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October 29 2019

Apprenticeship Series: Fear of the Unknown

Welcome to October, the month of Halloween and all things scary. Something that has been worrying me recently is the confusion that remains about what apprenticeships are. It’s been more than two years since the levy became effective and levy-paying organisations still have concerning knowledge ... Read more

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October 25 2019

An introduction to Uber’s new CoordConv architecture and its applications. 

In 2018, Uber AI Labs developed a new layer for the deep learning practitioner: CoordConv. This concept was explained and tested in their paper and a simpler summary was also provided in the form of a blog post.  Read more

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October 23 2019

Webinar: Launch of the Artificial Intelligence (L7) Data Specialist Apprenticeship - 27th November, 12:30-13:00 (BST)

The webinar will help you Learn about higher-level apprenticeships for post-graduate skills Attract new talent and retain/up-skill existing talent using government funding Be among the first employers to offer an apprenticeship in AI Read more

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October 14 2019

Quarterly Alumni Newsletter

Alumni Meetup: December 2019, London We partnered up with @wavelengthlaw to host a networking event for Alumni of our Applied Data Science Bootcamp.  Read more

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October 04 2019

Data Analysis: Python vs Excel

Excel has been a firm favourite for working professionals for many years and for good reason. It has a large number of capabilities and its ease of use has meant that it’s played a critical role in all manners of business, education, finance and research.  Read more

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September 26 2019

Apprenticeships Series: Why Trust Training Providers?

Welcome to my third blog on all things apprenticeships. This month will discuss why should employers trust apprenticeship providers when one in four businesses are unhappy with their provider.  Read more

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September 25 2019

Applied Data Science Bootcamp Graduation, London - 14th September 2019

Saturday 14th September 2019 marked a special day for a group of individuals who have embarked on a six-month journey, upskilling and future-proofing their careers.  Read more

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September 11 2019

Data Analysts: Who are they and What do they do?

In the last decade, there’s been a massive surge in the adoption of analytics to transform and optimise business processes and that trend is not going away.  Read more

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September 02 2019

IMC student events

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August 30 2019

IMC High-Performance Tech Workshop - 20 October 2019

Free Student Event | Sunday 20 October 2019 | London Overview Portfolio trading and position management Are you an undergraduate from computer science, a software engineering background and proficient in a programming language (ideally Java or C++)? We invite you to join the IMC High Performance ... Read more

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August 26 2019

Apprenticeship Series: Fired Up About Diversity

Welcome to my second blog on all things apprenticeships. This month I’m burning to get you fired up and to spark some discussion around another hot topic in apprenticeships: their image problem.  Read more

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August 19 2019

My Summer Internship at Cambridge Spark

Olivia competed against hundreds of applicants to land a 12-week Data Science internship within the technical team at our London office, working on our AI-powered learning and development platform, K.A.T.E.®. Read more

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August 14 2019

Data Science: MSc or Bootcamp

This article might help you decide your next career choice. If you're unsure whether to do a Masters in Data Science or a Data Science Bootcamp, then this article will help give you some insight into the options available. Read more

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August 09 2019

Six Free E-Books: Introductions to Python and Data Science

Take a look at the books we’ve chosen to help you develop and let us know what you think, or even if you’d like to see more posts like this! We’d love to hear from you. Read more

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August 02 2019

Meet Matt: Our New Digital Marketing Analyst

Matt joined Cambridge Spark's commercial team in Cambridge to work on the digital marketing strategy for the business, including social media management and content curation. Read more

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July 30 2019

Fast-track to Data Science

An interview with Applied Data Science Bootcamp graduate, Amanda Borg, on her journey of landing a new job as an Insights Analyst, as a result of the bootcamp. Read more

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July 26 2019

Apprenticeship Series: Apprenticeships, Degrees & Politics

This is the first instalment to the Apprenticeship Series, which aims to provide updates and insights into changes within the field of apprenticeships. Read more

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July 23 2019

Data Engineering Festival London - 21 September 2019

Data Engineering Festival London FREE EVENT | SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2019 When and where Saturday 21st September 2019 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London Limited number of places available Read more

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July 19 2019

Cambridge Spark launches three new degrees in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University

CAMBRIDGE | JULY 19 2019: Cambridge Spark has announced a new partnership with Anglia Ruskin University. Together they will provide three new data science degrees for individuals and employers to help develop the scarce technical skills that are in-demand skills across multiple diverse industries. Read more

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July 03 2019

Utilising Data Science in Finance

An interview with Applied Data Scientist Bootcamp graduate, Damien Yahi, on his experience with Cambridge Spark and how he learned new skills to help him be more efficient in his job, whilst enhancing his future prospects. Read more

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June 17 2019

Upskilling yourself as a Data Scientist

An interview with Applied Data Science Bootcamp graduate, Paulina Figol, on her journey of upskilling herself as a Data Scientist to landing two job offers as a result of the bootcamp. Read more

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June 10 2019

From R to Python at ING

ING provides banking and financial services which empower people to stay ahead in life and in business. That means staying on the cutting edge themselves. Read more

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May 17 2019

Meet Elisa: Our New Account Executive

Elisa joined Cambridge Spark's commercial team in Cambridge to help our students and those interested in data science realise their dreams by helping them get started on our Applied Data Science and Introduction to Python bootcamps. Read more

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May 13 2019

Leveraging Data Science in Luxury eCommerce

An interview with Applied Data Science Bootcamp Alumnus and Senior Customer Insight Analyst, Andonis Pavlidis. Read more

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May 13 2019

Cambridge Spark host PyData open forum this November

CAMBRIDGE | MAY 13 2019: Data science recruitment and training provider, Cambridge Spark, announces they’ll be hosting the city’s first PyData event from the 15th to 17th November 2019. Read more

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April 04 2019

Cambridge Spark awarded £1.4m for AI-powered data science EdTech platform

CAMBRIDGE | APRIL 9 2019: Cambridge Spark, leading provider of data science apprenticeships, training and recruitment, has been awarded £1.4 million in funding from Innovate UK. Read more

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April 02 2019

Brexit and Data Science

What can we make of the indicative votes in parliament? If you're following the Brexit process (who isn't in the UK!), you might be aware that MPs held indicative votes on the 27th of March, to vote on which steps they could stand behind for Brexit. Read more

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March 22 2019

An Introduction to Plotting

Introduction I'm a teaching assistant for several MSc courses, covering natural language processing, natural language understanding, information retrieval and Python programming. Students on these courses, as part of their coursework, often have to produce visualisations of data. Usually, for these ... Read more

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March 01 2019

6 Essential Tools for Data Science

Thanks to the incredibly active Data Science community, open source tools and libraries have become more trusted, reliable and scalable.  Read more

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February 26 2019

Meet Tony: Our New Commercial Manager

Cambridge Spark is changing the way people learn Data Science and Software Engineering, and we're hiring driven and passionate talent to join us as we look to grow. Read more

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February 20 2019

Introducing Students to Careers in Data Science and Engineering

On the 24th November, we welcomed students from various universities based within the UK to our ‘Machine Learning in Finance: Time Series forecasting in Python’ workshop, enabling students to learn from experts about applying Data Science techniques to real-world data — specifically focusing on ... Read more

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February 20 2019

An innovative talent acquisition and assessment strategy for IMC Trading

Candidate assessment is a key component in every talent strategy. They are designed to provide a way in which to measure performance and qualify candidates to perform a role.  Read more

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February 13 2019

Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing (NLP) Training for Deloitte

"At Cambridge Spark, you have really exceptional trainers who are specialists in the field. We can definitely trust your team and your expertise." Read more

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February 13 2019

Building Internal Capabilities to Develop Data Science Projects

Are you looking to build a data science team? This short guide walks through how EDF Energy approached this goal and built Data Science capability within their Sales & Marketing team using in-house training delivered by Cambridge Spark. Read more

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January 10 2019

Data Analysts vs Data Scientists - What's the difference?

Data Science and AI technologies are already having a major impact on business and society — from early and accurate diagnosis of medical problems, to building cost-effective operations, providing more accurate fraud detection and self-driving cars. Read more

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November 30 2018

The Role of Data Science in Retail

The retail sector is adopting Data Science techniques to reduce costs, improve decision making and explore ways to do more with data. Use cases include: Read more

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November 22 2018

Why Economists should embrace Data Science

Economists can make great data scientists and complement the skillsets of Data Scientists who have other backgrounds. I have a background in economics but branched out my skillset into Data Science more recently. Economics and Data Science actually have a lot in common. Read more

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November 20 2018

Writing Impactful CV’s for Data Science roles

Your CV is often the first impression employers get of you. As with face-to-face meetings, impressions are created almost instantly, and you need show your relevance immediately. Read more

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November 11 2018

The Role of Data Science in Research

In academia, new applications of Machine Learning are emerging that improve the accuracy and efficiency of processes, and open the way for disruptive data-driven solutions. For example, the implementation of Data Science in Biomedicine is helping to accelerate patient diagnoses and create ... Read more

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October 25 2018

Applying Data Science to the Telecoms Industry

An interview with Matt Roberts, Strategic Analytics Manager at GiffGaff and Applied Data Science Online Bootcamp alumnus. Read more

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October 18 2018

Bringing Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing to Software Development

We spoke with Daniel Palma, Product Owner at Ocado Technologies, to talk about his experience of the six-month in-person Applied Data Science bootcamp at Cambridge Spark. Read more

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October 17 2018

From Data Analyst to Data Scientist

Helping individuals upskill and become more employable is at the heart of what we do. Our part-time, Applied Data Science Bootcamp provides individuals with a comprehensive, structured programme to learn the necessary skills to become a data scientist.  Read more

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October 17 2018

Industry Capstone Projects

From the foundations to final projects, our Applied Data Science cohorts build up practical experience working on a variety of datasets and graduate with an end-to-end data science project on their portfolio. Read more

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October 17 2018

Learning Data Science as a Software Engineer

Sunny is a senior software engineer working in the energy sector. He completed the Applied Data Science Bootcamp to master new skills for his work and personal interest in AI for autonomous drones. Read more

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October 17 2018

Data Science Interviews: FiveAI on Hiring

This interview forms the first part of an ongoing series which will provide insight into the Data Science sphere, including how diverse cross-industry roles are, applications of Data Science across different sectors and more insight into the hiring process to facilitate aspiring Data Scientists ... Read more

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October 17 2018

Data Science Interviews: causaLens on Hiring

An interview with Maksim Sipos, CTO at causaLens This interview forms the second part of our ongoing ‘Data Science interviews’ series, providing more insight into hiring in the Data Science sphere to empower our community to get the roles they aspire for. Read more

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September 28 2018

Deploying a machine learning model to the web

Data scientists often have to communicate results to other people. In my case, my supervisors might want to see some numbers or I have to write up the main insights of some work for a paper. Read more

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September 19 2018

Collecting web data without an API

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to extract data from Wikipedia pages. If you’ve ever gone through an online machine learning tutorial, you’re likely to be familiar with standard datasets like Titanic casualties, Iris flowers or customer tips. Read more

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September 19 2018

A brief overview of big data machine learning and feature selection

I am sure that lately all of you have been hearing a lot about Machine Learning and I guess if you are here, you are curious to find out what it is. I will attempt to give you a very brief and modest overview of my view on Machine Learning. Read more

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September 19 2018

EDA and interactive figures with Plotly

A crucial step of any machine learning attempt is getting a good impression of your dataset. Exploratory data analysis (or EDA) is one way to do this. It consists of summarizing the data with descriptive statistics and often involves extensive plotting. The web is full of plotting libraries that ... Read more

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September 19 2018

Quick Panda tricks every Data Scientist should know

If you are new to the world of data science, Python's Pandas libraries are some of the best tools for quick data analysis. Pandas are built on Numpy, another popular Python library.  Read more

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September 19 2018

Getting started with regression and decision trees

Regression analysis is one of the approaches in the Machine Learning toolbox. It is widely used in many fields but its application to real-world problems requires intuition for posing the right questions and a substantial amount of “black art” that can't be found in textbooks. While practice and ... Read more

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September 19 2018

From simple regression to multiple regression with decision trees

In the previous post on simple Regression Analysis you learned how to use Decision Trees to create a regression model for predicting the number of bikes hired in a bike sharing scheme. You used the average temperature of a day to make the predictions. Now you will extend the model by also including ... Read more

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September 19 2018

Implementing your own knearest neighbour algorithm using python

In machine learning, you may often wish to build predictors that allows to classify things into categories based on some set of associated values. For example, it is possible to provide a diagnosis to a patient based on data from previous patients. Read more

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September 07 2018

From Web Technical Lead to Data Science

An interview with Applied Data Science Bootcamp graduate, Sanjay Hallan, on his journey of landing a Data Science role at a new organisation within a month of graduating. Read more

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September 07 2018

10 Things you’ve wondered about Data Science — FAQ #1.

As companies embrace the need to become “data-driven,” career opportunities in data science are increasingly available. It is an exciting and ever-evolving field, and data science skills are transferable across a range of sectors — so how can you get involved? Read more

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September 07 2018

Acing the Data Science Interview: HR & competency interviews

This opinion post forms the second of our three part series ‘The Data Science Interview’ series, focusing on preparing for an interview, written by our expert guest blogger Dan Holdsworth, Data and Analytics Recruiter at People Genius. Read more

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September 07 2018

Acing the Data Science interview: preparation and tests

This opinion post forms one of three parts of the ‘Data Science Interview series, focusing on preparing for an interview, written by our expert guest blogger Dan Holdsworth, Data and Analytics Recruiter at People Genius. So, you’ve gotten yourself an Interview for your first role as a Data ... Read more

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August 28 2018

Acing the Data Science Interview: on the day

This opinion post forms the final part of our three part series ‘the Data Science interview’, written by expert guest blogger Dan Holdsworth, Data and Analytics Recruiter at PeopleGenius. What should I wear to a Data Science interview? My first tip for you: always check the dress code. Attending ... Read more

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September 07 2020

IMC High-Performance Tech Workshop - 24 October 2020

Free Student Event | Saturday 24 October 2020 | Online Overview Portfolio trading and position management IMC Trading is looking for bright and driven computer science undergraduates who are proficient in a programming language (ideally Java) and interested in a career as a software engineer to ...

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September 07 2020

IMC Trading Workshop - 24 October 2020

Free Student Event | Saturday 24 October 2020 | Online Overview Real-world Quantitative Finance in Python IMC Trading is looking for bright and driven undergraduates with experience in Python who are interested in a career in trading to join the online IMC Trading Workshop.

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August 18 2020

Case study: Data Analyst Apprentice identifies £30k of savings for GSK

Five months ago, the first cohort of GSK’s Data Analyst Apprenticeship Academy, which was designed to equip employees with practical data analysis skills, including Python, was launched. The technical skills already being applied in various departments are making waves throughout GSK’s UK and ...

Blog

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August 12 2020

Data science apprenticeships; learning pathways for upskilling staff

Over the last decade, skills in data science and AI have become increasingly valuable for organisations of all sizes and across all sectors. But across the UK, there isn’t enough talent to meet the rising demand;

Press releases

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June 18 2020

Cambridge Spark launches government-funded upskilling programme for AI and Machine Learning

Cambridge Spark, the specialist Data Science and AI apprenticeship training provider and creators of the EDUKATE.AI® learning platform, are today announcing the launch of the AI Apprenticeships (L7) Academy to tackle the nationwide shortage of Data Scientists and Machine Learning Engineers.

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June 12 2020

How data analysts are adding value to businesses in every sector

Data analysts are in high demand across all sectors as more and more businesses are working to harness their data to provide actionable insights. In this blog post, we take a look at the role and value of a data analyst, and how they can benefit businesses in a wide range of sectors.

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May 21 2020

5 data science skills your business needs - and how to get them

Data science can add enormous value to any business. It’s not just relevant for data-driven departments and roles, but is useful across a range of functions including marketing, logistics, and banking.

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May 14 2020

The benefits of 'learning by doing' in data science training

Many companies are choosing to build their data science capabilities from within, by upskilling their existing staff. But with so many data science training programmes available, how do you choose the right one for your team? When choosing a data science training programme, it's important to ...

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April 25 2020

Case study: Upskilling GSK staff with the Data Analyst Apprenticeship

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches, develops and manufactures innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

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April 24 2020

5 Business Benefits of Data Analyst Apprenticeships

Your business alone is producing incredible amounts of data on a daily basis: about customers, user experience, web traffic, marketing effectiveness, and more.

Blog

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April 17 2020

6 benefits of virtual learning for data science training

It’s an exciting time for people working in data science. Around 90% of the world’s data has been generated over the past couple of years. 

Blog

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March 23 2020

Top 10 FAQ's Employers have About the Data Analyst Apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship Levy is making it easier for companies to upskill their employees with the tools and knowledge to succeed in today’s market. With a Data Analyst Apprenticeship (Level 4), your staff will learn how to collect, manage and analyse data to provide actionable insights for your ...

Press releases

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March 16 2020

Learn How To Code In Python Over 10 Evening Classes

Cambridge Spark will launch a new Introduction to Python for Data Analysis Bootcamp at our brand new London AI Campus in September.

Press releases

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March 12 2020

Cambridge Spark Launch Applied Data Science Bootcamp In Edinburgh

Cambridge Spark is launching a new Applied Data Science Bootcamp in Edinburgh on 12 September 2020.

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March 09 2020

Cambridge Spark launch London AI Campus and plan new AI apprenticeship

2020 is set to be a big year here at Cambridge Spark. We are about to open our new London AI Campus in Kings Cross, are set to become the first provider of a new artificial intelligence specialist apprenticeship, and are planning to expand in the US.

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March 09 2020

Choosing a Data Analyst Apprenticeship Training Provider: 7 Tips for Employers

Upskilling your team with a Data Analyst Apprenticeship can help you build the internal capabilities your company needs to succeed both now and in the future. But choosing an apprenticeship training provider can be a complex task.

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March 04 2020

Predicting Diabetes Progression Based on BMI, Using Linear Regression

In this tutorial, we will consider a very simple linear regression model, which is the backbone of several time series and high dimensional models (VAR, Lasso, Adalasso, Boosting, Bagging, to name a few).

Press releases

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February 28 2020

Cambridge Spark Launch Data Analyst Apprenticeship Academy

Cambridge Spark is launching a new Data Analyst Apprenticeship Academy in May 2020, to be held at their brand new “London AI Campus” in Kings Cross.

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February 25 2020

The Apprenticeship Levy: helping companies fill the digital skills gap

The digital skills gap is being felt by businesses in every sector. 75% of UK executives are experiencing challenges in recruiting the digital skills they need. And IBM predicts that in 2020, data science will account for 28% of all digital jobs, but that many of these places will remain unfilled ...

Tutorials

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February 19 2020

Word Embeddings in Python with Spacy and Gensim

Word embeddings are vector representations of words, which can then be used to train models for machine learning.

Tutorials

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January 13 2020

Neural Networks in Python: From Sklearn to PyTorch and Probabilistic Neural Networks

This tutorial covers different concepts related to neural networks with Sklearn and PyTorch. Neural networks have gained lots of attention in machine learning (ML) in the past decade with the development of deeper network architectures (known as deep learning). 

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January 06 2020

Webinar: Boosting Diversity in Tech - Make the Levy Work for Your Organisation - 6th February, 11:00-11:30 (GMT)

Overview This webinar will use the National Apprenticeship Week theme of “Look Beyond” to share factual information about how apprenticeships can be used to increase diversity and bring business benefits to your organisation. 

Press releases, Case studies

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December 16 2019

IMC Trading Connects with Top-Tier Undergraduate Talent via Cambridge Spark

IMC is a leading global market maker, using algorithmic trading and advanced technology to buy and sell securities on multiple trading venues worldwide. 

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December 12 2019

Introduction to Text Classification

In this tutorial, we will explore a basic workflow to train and evaluate a model to classify text. Note that there are many important aspects not covered in what follows, such as exploratory data analysis (EDA) or hyper-parameter optimisation.

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December 10 2019

Webinar: Recruiting and Retaining Data Scientists – 19th February, 12:00 - 12:30 (GMT)

There is an increasingly competitive market to find the right data science talent, with a limited talent pool and a high demand for a variety of skills. This webinar with our CEO, Dr Raoul-Gabriel Urma, will share our insights into talent attraction and technical assessment as a leader in data ...

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December 06 2019

Interview with Capstone Project Partner: causaLens

Machine learning (ML) has quickly become an integral part of the financial sector, allowing forward-thinking executives to get an edge on the market. An article by Towards Data Science stated that 46% of large FinTechs and 30% of large financial institutions identified AI as the most relevant ...

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November 28 2019

Implementing your own recommender systems in Python

Nowadays, recommender systems are used to personalize your experience on the web, telling you what to buy, where to eat or even who you should be friends with. People's tastes vary, but generally follow patterns. 

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November 26 2019

Apprenticeship Series: The Age of Apprenticeships

So far this blog has been based on my perspective, so I asked my colleagues from a range of training programmes, to share the number one question they’re asked about apprenticeships. Unanimously, they replied:

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November 20 2019

Data Processing with Pandas Dataframe

The purpose of this tutorial is to teach you how to process data with Pandas DataFrame.

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October 29 2019

Production-ready code for Data Science at the BBC

Learn how Cambridge Spark helped the BBC data science teams embed best practice into their daily routines when they set out to change their software engineering landscape, in order to increase audience engagement, through targeting them with more relevant content. 

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October 29 2019

Apprenticeship Series: Fear of the Unknown

Welcome to October, the month of Halloween and all things scary. Something that has been worrying me recently is the confusion that remains about what apprenticeships are. It’s been more than two years since the levy became effective and levy-paying organisations still have concerning knowledge ...

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October 25 2019

An introduction to Uber’s new CoordConv architecture and its applications. 

In 2018, Uber AI Labs developed a new layer for the deep learning practitioner: CoordConv. This concept was explained and tested in their paper and a simpler summary was also provided in the form of a blog post. 

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October 23 2019

Webinar: Launch of the Artificial Intelligence (L7) Data Specialist Apprenticeship - 27th November, 12:30-13:00 (BST)

The webinar will help you Learn about higher-level apprenticeships for post-graduate skills Attract new talent and retain/up-skill existing talent using government funding Be among the first employers to offer an apprenticeship in AI

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October 14 2019

Quarterly Alumni Newsletter

Alumni Meetup: December 2019, London We partnered up with @wavelengthlaw to host a networking event for Alumni of our Applied Data Science Bootcamp. 

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October 11 2019

Cambridge Spark Collaborates with BBC on New Apprenticeship Standard in the UK

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October 04 2019

Data Analysis: Python vs Excel

Excel has been a firm favourite for working professionals for many years and for good reason. It has a large number of capabilities and its ease of use has meant that it’s played a critical role in all manners of business, education, finance and research. 

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October 02 2019

The Skills You Need to Become a Data Analyst

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September 26 2019

Apprenticeships Series: Why Trust Training Providers?

Welcome to my third blog on all things apprenticeships. This month will discuss why should employers trust apprenticeship providers when one in four businesses are unhappy with their provider. 

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September 25 2019

Webinar: Digital Skills Training Using the Apprenticeship Levy - 17th October, 09:30 - 10:00 (BST)

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September 25 2019

Applied Data Science Bootcamp Graduation, London - 14th September 2019

Saturday 14th September 2019 marked a special day for a group of individuals who have embarked on a six-month journey, upskilling and future-proofing their careers. 

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September 23 2019

Closing My Skills Gap With Data Science

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September 11 2019

Data Analysts: Who are they and What do they do?

In the last decade, there’s been a massive surge in the adoption of analytics to transform and optimise business processes and that trend is not going away. 

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September 05 2019

Six Data Science Podcasts You Need to Listen to

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September 02 2019

IMC student events

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August 30 2019

IMC High-Performance Tech Workshop - 20 October 2019

Free Student Event | Sunday 20 October 2019 | London Overview Portfolio trading and position management Are you an undergraduate from computer science, a software engineering background and proficient in a programming language (ideally Java or C++)? We invite you to join the IMC High Performance ...

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August 26 2019

Apprenticeship Series: Fired Up About Diversity

Welcome to my second blog on all things apprenticeships. This month I’m burning to get you fired up and to spark some discussion around another hot topic in apprenticeships: their image problem. 

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August 19 2019

IMC Quantitative Trading Workshop - 19 October 2019

 

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August 19 2019

My Summer Internship at Cambridge Spark

Olivia competed against hundreds of applicants to land a 12-week Data Science internship within the technical team at our London office, working on our AI-powered learning and development platform, K.A.T.E.®.

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August 14 2019

Data Science: MSc or Bootcamp

This article might help you decide your next career choice. If you're unsure whether to do a Masters in Data Science or a Data Science Bootcamp, then this article will help give you some insight into the options available.

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August 12 2019

From Entomologist to Data Scientist

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August 09 2019

Six Free E-Books: Introductions to Python and Data Science

Take a look at the books we’ve chosen to help you develop and let us know what you think, or even if you’d like to see more posts like this! We’d love to hear from you.

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August 02 2019

Meet Matt: Our New Digital Marketing Analyst

Matt joined Cambridge Spark's commercial team in Cambridge to work on the digital marketing strategy for the business, including social media management and content curation.

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July 30 2019

Fast-track to Data Science

An interview with Applied Data Science Bootcamp graduate, Amanda Borg, on her journey of landing a new job as an Insights Analyst, as a result of the bootcamp.

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July 26 2019

Apprenticeship Series: Apprenticeships, Degrees & Politics

This is the first instalment to the Apprenticeship Series, which aims to provide updates and insights into changes within the field of apprenticeships.

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July 23 2019

Data Engineering Festival London - 21 September 2019

Data Engineering Festival London FREE EVENT | SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2019 When and where Saturday 21st September 2019 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London Limited number of places available

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July 21 2019

Data Science Interviews: Unipart on Hiring

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July 19 2019

Cambridge Spark launches three new degrees in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University

CAMBRIDGE | JULY 19 2019: Cambridge Spark has announced a new partnership with Anglia Ruskin University. Together they will provide three new data science degrees for individuals and employers to help develop the scarce technical skills that are in-demand skills across multiple diverse industries.

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July 10 2019

Cambridge Spark launches new Data Analytics Bootcamp

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July 03 2019

Utilising Data Science in Finance

An interview with Applied Data Scientist Bootcamp graduate, Damien Yahi, on his experience with Cambridge Spark and how he learned new skills to help him be more efficient in his job, whilst enhancing his future prospects.

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June 18 2019

Starcount Powers up with PySpark

 

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June 17 2019

Upskilling yourself as a Data Scientist

An interview with Applied Data Science Bootcamp graduate, Paulina Figol, on her journey of upskilling herself as a Data Scientist to landing two job offers as a result of the bootcamp.

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June 10 2019

From R to Python at ING

ING provides banking and financial services which empower people to stay ahead in life and in business. That means staying on the cutting edge themselves.

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June 07 2019

Meet Christina: Our New Account Executive

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May 17 2019

Meet Elisa: Our New Account Executive

Elisa joined Cambridge Spark's commercial team in Cambridge to help our students and those interested in data science realise their dreams by helping them get started on our Applied Data Science and Introduction to Python bootcamps.

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May 13 2019

Leveraging Data Science in Luxury eCommerce

An interview with Applied Data Science Bootcamp Alumnus and Senior Customer Insight Analyst, Andonis Pavlidis.

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May 13 2019

Cambridge Spark host PyData open forum this November

CAMBRIDGE | MAY 13 2019: Data science recruitment and training provider, Cambridge Spark, announces they’ll be hosting the city’s first PyData event from the 15th to 17th November 2019.

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May 10 2019

From Investment Management to Data Science

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May 04 2019

Meet Judit: Our New Office Manager

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April 04 2019

Cambridge Spark awarded £1.4m for AI-powered data science EdTech platform

CAMBRIDGE | APRIL 9 2019: Cambridge Spark, leading provider of data science apprenticeships, training and recruitment, has been awarded £1.4 million in funding from Innovate UK.

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April 02 2019

Brexit and Data Science

What can we make of the indicative votes in parliament? If you're following the Brexit process (who isn't in the UK!), you might be aware that MPs held indicative votes on the 27th of March, to vote on which steps they could stand behind for Brexit.

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March 22 2019

An Introduction to Plotting

Introduction I'm a teaching assistant for several MSc courses, covering natural language processing, natural language understanding, information retrieval and Python programming. Students on these courses, as part of their coursework, often have to produce visualisations of data. Usually, for these ...

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March 08 2019

Women in Programming

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March 04 2019

Applying Data Science tools and techniques to eCommerce

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March 01 2019

Data Science Interviews: Cytora on Hiring

 

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March 01 2019

6 Essential Tools for Data Science

Thanks to the incredibly active Data Science community, open source tools and libraries have become more trusted, reliable and scalable. 

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February 26 2019

Meet Tony: Our New Commercial Manager

Cambridge Spark is changing the way people learn Data Science and Software Engineering, and we're hiring driven and passionate talent to join us as we look to grow.

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February 20 2019

Core Data Science Training for PhD Research

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February 20 2019

Introducing Students to Careers in Data Science and Engineering

On the 24th November, we welcomed students from various universities based within the UK to our ‘Machine Learning in Finance: Time Series forecasting in Python’ workshop, enabling students to learn from experts about applying Data Science techniques to real-world data — specifically focusing on ...

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February 20 2019

An innovative talent acquisition and assessment strategy for IMC Trading

Candidate assessment is a key component in every talent strategy. They are designed to provide a way in which to measure performance and qualify candidates to perform a role. 

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February 18 2019

How to Become a Data Scientist (with no Programming Experience)

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February 13 2019

Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing (NLP) Training for Deloitte

"At Cambridge Spark, you have really exceptional trainers who are specialists in the field. We can definitely trust your team and your expertise."

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February 13 2019

Building Internal Capabilities to Develop Data Science Projects

Are you looking to build a data science team? This short guide walks through how EDF Energy approached this goal and built Data Science capability within their Sales & Marketing team using in-house training delivered by Cambridge Spark.

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January 11 2019

Applying Data Science Techniques to the Logistics Industry

 

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January 10 2019

Data Analysts vs Data Scientists - What's the difference?

Data Science and AI technologies are already having a major impact on business and society — from early and accurate diagnosis of medical problems, to building cost-effective operations, providing more accurate fraud detection and self-driving cars.

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November 30 2018

The Role of Data Science in Retail

The retail sector is adopting Data Science techniques to reduce costs, improve decision making and explore ways to do more with data. Use cases include:

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November 22 2018

Why Economists should embrace Data Science

Economists can make great data scientists and complement the skillsets of Data Scientists who have other backgrounds. I have a background in economics but branched out my skillset into Data Science more recently. Economics and Data Science actually have a lot in common.

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November 20 2018

Writing Impactful CV’s for Data Science roles

Your CV is often the first impression employers get of you. As with face-to-face meetings, impressions are created almost instantly, and you need show your relevance immediately.

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November 11 2018

The Role of Data Science in Research

In academia, new applications of Machine Learning are emerging that improve the accuracy and efficiency of processes, and open the way for disruptive data-driven solutions. For example, the implementation of Data Science in Biomedicine is helping to accelerate patient diagnoses and create ...

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November 09 2018

Build your own Skip-gram Embeddings and use them in a Neural Network

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October 25 2018

Applying Data Science to the Telecoms Industry

An interview with Matt Roberts, Strategic Analytics Manager at GiffGaff and Applied Data Science Online Bootcamp alumnus.

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October 18 2018

Project Partner Case Study: Entomics

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October 18 2018

Bringing Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing to Software Development

We spoke with Daniel Palma, Product Owner at Ocado Technologies, to talk about his experience of the six-month in-person Applied Data Science bootcamp at Cambridge Spark.

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October 18 2018

From Business Analyst to Data Scientist

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October 18 2018

What do companies look for when hiring Data Science candidates?

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October 17 2018

From Data Analyst to Data Scientist

Helping individuals upskill and become more employable is at the heart of what we do. Our part-time, Applied Data Science Bootcamp provides individuals with a comprehensive, structured programme to learn the necessary skills to become a data scientist. 

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October 17 2018

Industry Capstone Projects

From the foundations to final projects, our Applied Data Science cohorts build up practical experience working on a variety of datasets and graduate with an end-to-end data science project on their portfolio.

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October 17 2018

Learning Data Science as a Software Engineer

Sunny is a senior software engineer working in the energy sector. He completed the Applied Data Science Bootcamp to master new skills for his work and personal interest in AI for autonomous drones.

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October 17 2018

Data Science Interviews: FiveAI on Hiring

This interview forms the first part of an ongoing series which will provide insight into the Data Science sphere, including how diverse cross-industry roles are, applications of Data Science across different sectors and more insight into the hiring process to facilitate aspiring Data Scientists ...

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October 17 2018

Data Science Interviews: causaLens on Hiring

An interview with Maksim Sipos, CTO at causaLens This interview forms the second part of our ongoing ‘Data Science interviews’ series, providing more insight into hiring in the Data Science sphere to empower our community to get the roles they aspire for.

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October 16 2018

Practical Introduction to Recommender Systems

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September 28 2018

Deploying a machine learning model to the web

Data scientists often have to communicate results to other people. In my case, my supervisors might want to see some numbers or I have to write up the main insights of some work for a paper.

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September 19 2018

Collecting web data without an API

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to extract data from Wikipedia pages. If you’ve ever gone through an online machine learning tutorial, you’re likely to be familiar with standard datasets like Titanic casualties, Iris flowers or customer tips.

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September 19 2018

A brief overview of big data machine learning and feature selection

I am sure that lately all of you have been hearing a lot about Machine Learning and I guess if you are here, you are curious to find out what it is. I will attempt to give you a very brief and modest overview of my view on Machine Learning.

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September 19 2018

EDA and interactive figures with Plotly

A crucial step of any machine learning attempt is getting a good impression of your dataset. Exploratory data analysis (or EDA) is one way to do this. It consists of summarizing the data with descriptive statistics and often involves extensive plotting. The web is full of plotting libraries that ...

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September 19 2018

Quick Panda tricks every Data Scientist should know

If you are new to the world of data science, Python's Pandas libraries are some of the best tools for quick data analysis. Pandas are built on Numpy, another popular Python library. 

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September 19 2018

Getting started with regression and decision trees

Regression analysis is one of the approaches in the Machine Learning toolbox. It is widely used in many fields but its application to real-world problems requires intuition for posing the right questions and a substantial amount of “black art” that can't be found in textbooks. While practice and ...

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September 19 2018

From simple regression to multiple regression with decision trees

In the previous post on simple Regression Analysis you learned how to use Decision Trees to create a regression model for predicting the number of bikes hired in a bike sharing scheme. You used the average temperature of a day to make the predictions. Now you will extend the model by also including ...

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September 19 2018

Implementing your own knearest neighbour algorithm using python

In machine learning, you may often wish to build predictors that allows to classify things into categories based on some set of associated values. For example, it is possible to provide a diagnosis to a patient based on data from previous patients.

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September 12 2018

Getting started with XGBoost

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September 07 2018

From Web Technical Lead to Data Science

An interview with Applied Data Science Bootcamp graduate, Sanjay Hallan, on his journey of landing a Data Science role at a new organisation within a month of graduating.

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September 07 2018

10 Things you’ve wondered about Data Science — FAQ #1.

As companies embrace the need to become “data-driven,” career opportunities in data science are increasingly available. It is an exciting and ever-evolving field, and data science skills are transferable across a range of sectors — so how can you get involved?

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September 07 2018

Acing the Data Science Interview: HR & competency interviews

This opinion post forms the second of our three part series ‘The Data Science Interview’ series, focusing on preparing for an interview, written by our expert guest blogger Dan Holdsworth, Data and Analytics Recruiter at People Genius.

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September 07 2018

Acing the Data Science interview: preparation and tests

This opinion post forms one of three parts of the ‘Data Science Interview series, focusing on preparing for an interview, written by our expert guest blogger Dan Holdsworth, Data and Analytics Recruiter at People Genius. So, you’ve gotten yourself an Interview for your first role as a Data ...

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August 28 2018

Acing the Data Science Interview: on the day

This opinion post forms the final part of our three part series ‘the Data Science interview’, written by expert guest blogger Dan Holdsworth, Data and Analytics Recruiter at PeopleGenius. What should I wear to a Data Science interview? My first tip for you: always check the dress code. Attending ...

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June 24 2018

A Beginners Guide to Kaggle Competitions

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