A guide to read faster, memorize more, and improve your knowledge effectiveness by fooling your brain

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The amount of time people are reading books has doubled in the UK since the lockdown. E-books sales in the US increased by about 40%, and e-book loans leaped 53% since the start of the pandemic.

The search for “reading list 2020” gives already 26'700 results, compared to only 18'000 for the year 2019, which corresponds to an increase of nearly 50%.

I did not sum up the numbers of recommended books on all the bestseller lists. But I would guess, if every category is considered, these would be several hundred.

Honestly, I feel overwhelmed by this inflation of booklists…


And many more guidance to make you consulting ready

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Many data scientists dream of working in consulting. And I can confirm that it is an exciting job.

Consulting gives a unique chance to see many different companies, industries, functional areas and work with the client side-by-side. Consultants are hired for doing new analyses such that you can work on projects where fresh ideas are needed. You work in teams and a network of great talents and experts, and you can gain extraordinary knowledge of many fields in no time. You travel to cool places and enjoy the team’s social events. …


Education

Which of the six programs should you choose?

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The fastest way to learn new trendy methods are through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). One of the hype topics is artificial intelligence (AI). And many people would like to work on cutting-edge AI innovation projects.

So, how can you acquire the needed knowledge to move into AI projects?

I am a part-time lecturer in data analytics at a leading technical university, and I regularly assess online courses. Many students and professionals do MOOCs in data science, machine learning, and AI. …


What happened 50 years ago?

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The year 1971 was a turning point in history on many fronts. In the Vietnam war, the morale of the U.S. troops collapsed after the Battle of FSB (Fire Support Base) Mary Ann, in March, and the largest ever anti-war demonstration happened in Washington D.C. in April with about 500 000 participants. Both sealed the outcome of the war four years later.

The end of the Bretton-Woods system — international rules for financial relations, especially defining binding ranges for the currency exchange rates — began when the Federal Republic of Germany stopped the Deutschmark exchange rate fixation to the U.S…


An action plan for you and your career

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2020 was an incredibly unique year.

On the one hand, we have all the lockdowns, are exiled working from home, can still not meet our friends in person, and are close to becoming lonely. On the other side, we could experience the most significant digital acceleration ever.

As a data person, you stand at the forefront affected by this revolution. While you must ensure your deep technical fitness and progress, it is also vital that you are not losing track of the big picture. So, you should know the technology trends and how they impact your work. …


Riemann’s simple algorithm to approximate computationally any real number

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Mathematical rules are commonly applied without any thoughts that it could not hold in a particular situation. But sometimes, mathematics can be surprising for non-mathematicians.

We are all used to the so-called commutative law for addition.


10 tasks you should do during the holiday season

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We are rapidly approaching the new year. But before we have some days for rest during the upcoming Holiday Season.

Honestly, I am always happy when I have some tasks to complete after the second day together with the whole family. And doing some data analysis and coding is always an excellent task to disappear.

So. before you run on with your New Year’s resolution, here are some proposals about how to spend your last days of the year combining fun and data science.

Have fun!

1. Search for some data to plot stem-leaf diagrams in the form of a Christmas tree

Nice data for descriptive plots are always a pleasure. …


A simple way to achieve an exponential investment return with no risk

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The COVID-19 lockdowns made us prisoners in our own home. There are no meetings with friends, no going to the movies, no entertainment. We had to sit at home and entertain ourselves.

Netflix alone reported 16 million new subscriptions in the first quarter due to the lockdowns.

People in the United States spend around three and a half hours daily watching T.V. or 25 hours a week. And another three to four hours per week are spent on videos and films on other devices, counting totally up to 30 hours a week dedicated to watching entertainment.

The figures for Europe…


The complete curriculum for beginners and professionals to reach a master’s level and beyond

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Data scientists are in demand. LinkedIn shows 23’000 open jobs in the U.S. and 17’000 in Europe. Moving into this field and pursue a data science career is still beneficial.

With persistency and discipline, you can learn all the skills in demand from home. Also, for experienced data scientists, it is crucial to refining the knowledge off-the-job.

I have more than 20 years of data science experience, but I still learn daily new skills and methods.

You may think that I only read all the latest research and program more and more fancy methods. But you are wrong.

Learning is…


A journey through Fermat’s pseudoprimes and Fermat numbers

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Pierre de Fermat was a genius in many fields. He was a lawyer, mathematician, and fluent in six languages. He contributed significantly to analytic geometry, differential calculus, and his best-known works to number theory in mathematics.

So, during the study in mathematics, you come across him several times.

I still have my notes from the seminar where we went through the proof of Andrew Wiles of Fermat’s Last Theorem. The feelings have been ambivalent at the time. On the one side, there was a great relief in the mathematical community that the theorem was finally proved. …

Isabelle Flückiger

New Technologies and Data Expert | Speaker | Start-up Jury Member | Thought Leader | Adjunct Professor | Learning Leadership Coach | Goat Breeder

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