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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 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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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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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 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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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 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 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 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 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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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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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 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

Blog, Case studies

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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 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 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

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 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

Blog

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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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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.

Blog

.
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 ...

Blog, Case studies

.
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.

Blog

.
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

.
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

.
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 ...

Blog

.
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.

Blog

.
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 ...

Blog, Case studies

.
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 ...

Blog

.
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:

Blog, Case studies

.
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. 

Blog

.
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 ...

Blog

.
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. 

Blog

.
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. 

Blog

.
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. 

Blog

.
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. 

Blog

.
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 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. 

Blog

.
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.®.

Blog

.
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.

Blog

.
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.

Blog, Press releases

.
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.

Blog

.
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.

Blog

.
July 21 2019

Data Science Interviews: Unipart on Hiring

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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.

Blog

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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.

Blog

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May 04 2019

Meet Judit: Our New Office Manager

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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 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. 

Blog

.
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.

Blog, Case studies

.
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 ...

Blog, Case studies

.
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. 

Blog, Case studies

.
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."

Blog, Case studies

.
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.

Blog, Case studies

.
January 11 2019

Applying Data Science Techniques to the Logistics Industry

 

Blog

.
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.

Blog, Case studies

.
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:

Blog

.
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.

Blog

.
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.

Blog, Case studies

.
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 ...

Blog

.
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.

Blog

.
October 18 2018

What do companies look for when hiring Data Science candidates?

Blog

.
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 ...

Blog

.
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.

Blog

.
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.

Blog

.
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 ...

Blog

.
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?

Blog

.
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.

Blog

.
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 ...

Blog

.
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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