Data Science is a fast-moving industry which develops in a different speed than other areas. It will constantly evolve and keep moving, and you don’t want to be left behind lag.
Foundationally, the skills required to be a data scientist remain the same: statistics, Python/R programming, SQL or NoSQL knowledge, PyTorch/TensorFlow and data visualization. However, the tools data scientists use constantly change. In this article, we will share best basic tools for academic data scientists—but also for early career data scientists and even non-programmers looking to employ data science techniques into their workflow.
It’s very essential to use the right IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for developing your project. These tools are well known and and bring benefits to programmers, data science hobbyists and non-expert programmers. Although academia falls short in implementing Jupyter Notebooks, academic research projects offer some of the best scenarios for implementing notebooks to optimize knowledge transfer management.
Besides Jupyter Notebooks, tools like PyCharm and Visual Studio Code are standard for Python Development. PyCharm is one of the most popular Python IDEs. It’s compatible with Linux, macOS and Windows and comes with many modules, packages and tools to enhance the Python development experience. PyCharm also has great intelligent code features. Finally, both Pycharm and Visual Studio Code offer great integration with Git tools for version control.
Anaconda is a great solution for implementing virtual environments, which is particularly useful if you need to replicate someone else’s code. This isn’t as good as using containers, but if you want to keep things simple then it is still a good step in the right direction.
For example, you try to make a requirement.txt file where you include all the packages used in your code. And at the same time, you start with a clean slate when you are about to implement someone else’s code. It only takes two lines of code to start a virtual environment with Anaconda and install all required packages from the requirement folder. If after doing that, you can’t implement the code you are working with, then it’s often someone else’s mistake. You should not try to figure out what’s gone wrong.
Dr. Soumaya Mauthoor also compares Anaconda with pipenv for creating Python virtual environments. And you can see in the article, there’s an advantage to implementing Anaconda.
There are plenty of options for machine learning as a service (MLaaS) to train models on the cloud, such as Amazon SageMaker, Microsoft Azure ML Studio, IBM Watson ML Model Builder and Google Cloud AutoML. They are big companies which provide MLaaS for a long time and have many experience.
However, those services are often difficult for beginners to learn how to use. The prices calculation is also complicated with many hidden costs that you will need to courses to know how it works, how to avoid spending thousand of dollars.
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Although many industry data scientists already make use of the tools above, academic data scientists tend to lag behind. Anaconda, Jupyter Notebooks, PyCharm and Visual Studio Code are all free/open-source tools to consider if you work in data science.
Ultimately, these tools can help any academic or novice data scientist optimize their workflow and become aligned with industry best practices.
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