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Wow, I didn't know R was used outside of academia. I'd assume that the difficulty curve would push away these institutions into the more basic, non-coding licensed programs like SPSS or SAS.

I introduced it to my former mentor's lab. He mainly used Unix, bash scripting, and Python. I'm going to take, maybe, a 4th fucking class in R in the Fall I think. Sick of classes, but I think that one is my final one. Teaches machine learning in R, so I guess it's necessary considering what I hope to accomplish.

Anyways, I find R so much easier than Python, but I heard that Pandas is like R in Python.
You're correct on the whole final part. R is so much easier than Python, for me. Panda accomplishes much of what R can do, in Python. Anyone that organizes data can use R. Shit, I'm doing a project right now where I'm using NBA data and visualizing it. Plotted out field goal percentage for 10 players. You can imagine how machine learning would be useful for predicting drawdown on lines of credit, or predicting account balances, creating a nice dashboard of performance etc
 
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You're correct on the whole final part. R is so much easier than Python, for me. Panda accomplishes much of what R can do, in Python. Anyone that organizes data can use R. Shit, I'm doing a project right now where I'm using NBA data and visualizing it. Plotted out field goal percentage for 10 players. You can imagine how machine learning would be useful for predicting drawdown on lines of credit, or predicting account balances, creating a nice dashboard of performance etc
Yeah, something about R that is so much more user-friendly. I'm not even talking about the GUI interface for R Studio. I mainly use it through a cluster, so it's all command-line. I guess it's because I can actually visualize the matrices in my head since it's all built off that. Python is more awkward with the strings and lists. It's all built on that, which is more powerful, but for someone that is used to matrices, it's definitely more difficult.

Anyways, very smart to get an edge and learn R. I'd bet in 20 years time your area will have it standard to know at least one language. I mean with Amazon Work Servers being so cheap nowadays, I'm guessing machine learning will be standard for financing and banking at some point.

My mentor keeps saying that in 10 years time it'll be standard for biomedicine (and he's talking 3 languages!), so I'm giving you guys more flexibility since I have to wonder if business schools are even emphasizing it yet. Shit, I've not been in a university building outside of the science buildings in about 5 years now!
 
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I just finished my final yesterday, and I got my grade for the course. So, crazily enough, I didn't study for this last exam. He drops one, so I thought this was going to be dropped. Easily, the toughest exam he had given. I made the highest grade with a 19/20, average was a 13/20. I guess I now know my python. Just used what I learned to go through it in a logical manner.

Anyways, I got a 97 for the full course since he's dropping my lowest grade, an 85. Still, that course was fucking nails! It had a lot of shit like fill in the missing code, what is the output of this code, and he makes little shit that makes it wrong. Anyways, just one more class next semester because they're giving me the runaround since I already have more than enough credits to enter candidacy. Luckily, it's an R class, and if I make less than an A, I'll go on a fucking rampage!
 
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I've decided that I'm going to do computer science, coding track, when I go back to uni as I think the job prospects are poor for bachelor's level Psych unless you want to teach. Since I worked in IT my whole life I've been able to transfer.

Started reading this it's free, teaches coding in python in a fun way by designing games.

If anyone knows anything like this for Java let me know.

Then I've got to find a fun way of brushing up on SQL :lol:
 
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Almost done with the beginner level R course through Udemy. Really is damn good. Looking forward to the advanced. It's gonna go deeper into prepping data to use, which feels like the biggest necessity to know to start going out and really messing with some good csv's out there in the world and get your hands on some experience
 
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Almost done with the beginner level R course through Udemy. Really is damn good. Looking forward to the advanced. It's gonna go deeper into prepping data to use, which feels like the biggest necessity to know to start going out and really messing with some good csv's out there in the world and get your hands on some experience
Very tough to find a good intro into R. Yeah, csv manipulation is probably the most difficult part, imo. You have to figure out how to do it right depending on what you're trying to accomplish. Easily, that was the most difficult part of doing my machine learning project during my rotation. Took me the longest time to figure out which way to input my data either:

sequence x species
species x sequence

...if that makes any sense.
 
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Very tough to find a good intro into R. Yeah, csv manipulation is probably the most difficult part, imo. You have to figure out how to do it right depending on what you're trying to accomplish. Easily, that was the most difficult part of doing my machine learning project during my rotation. Took me the longest time to figure out which way to input my data either:

sequence x species
species x sequence

...if that makes any sense.
Definitely makes sense. Even some really and obvious stuff has been eye opening. For instance, doing an assignment in the course where you use movie review data. The years were in as int, which seemed fine. Instead, changing them into a factor is the way to go, because of how you would use years in data. So obvious, but completely blew my mind
 
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Not sure why I'm further ruining this great thread with talk about programming, but I finished the beginner course with an assignment of gross % from us box office, by genre. Nice little box plot over top of a jitter plot. Only got tripped up in how to filter the dat, because this one was done a bit differently

Was dope. Preeeettttty stoked to start the advanced course and get terribly lost