That’s correct, I’m learning R and not learning to talk like a pirate, matey. For fun I’ve been studying a series of lessons on being a data scientist (which, while it may be beneficial at work is mostly for fun) through Coursera. It’s a sequence of courses on Data Science from John Hopkins. Wow.
I’m really only in the second portion of the class which is on learning the R Language. The first part of the class was really just an introduction to a number of tools including R, Git, and a number of other topics.
So far so good. I’ve gotten one certificate of completion (free btw). I could pay for this if I really want to get involved, but I’m trying it for free first. Maybe I can persuade my job to pay for this stuff. Probably not.
In any case, here’s my first certificate for the first course on the track…
With “distinction” no less. Pretty nifty, eh?
Okay, I admit it’s mostly a small ego boost, but I did have fun taking that section and am enjoying the R programming section I’m doing now. If you want to learn something, go check out Coursera.
If you just want to play with R, try this:
If you really just want to speak like a pirate (so that this coming September on Talk Like a Pirate Day you’ll be understood), go here, The Original Talk Like a Pirate Day site.