Five essential blogs for data professionals

November 20, 2017

If you are a data professional, you’re very familiar with big data, data usage analyzation, and data management.

If you’re also looking to stay up-to-date on news and trending topics in the field, consider adding these five blogs to your must-read list.

1. FiveThirtyEight

FiveThirtyEight covers topics such as politics, sports, economics, culture, science, and health. Named for the number of electors in the United States’ Electoral College, this blog offers content like polling data roundups and analysis of a wide range of topics from sports predictions to likely Oscar nominees.

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2. Edwin Chen’s Blog

Edwin Chen’s blog focuses on social media site data analysis, primarily Facebook and Twitter. Chen explains topics such as click-through rates (CTR), propensity modeling, and search algorithms, backed up with solid research and citations.

Chen describes himself on his Quora account as “Math and linguistics at MIT, speech recognition at Microsoft Research, trading at Clarium Capital, ads quality at Twitter, quantitative analysis at Google.”

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3. FlowingData

FlowingData is a blog focused on the way data scientists use visualization and analysis to understand data and humanity. Created by Nathan Yau, PhD, author of Visualize This and Data Points, the site offers both public and members-only resources.

Members have access to step-by-step data visualization tutorials, analysis courses, and more.

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4. Freakonomics

Born out of the success of The New York Times best-selling books Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, this blog continues the authors’ accessible “out of the box” thinking about statistical data and life.

All of the blog posts are linked to Freakonomics radio episodes commenting on pop culture, politics, medicine, and more.

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5. Data Science and Beyond

Data scientist and software engineer Yanir Seroussi’s blog covers a range of data science subjects, including Bayesian testing, misinformation, and offline data collections. It also features pages dedicated to Seroussi’s lectures on data science and his own PhD research.

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