Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Interested in learning statistics and R? Start here!

Just a quick heads-up. I recently came across Coursera – a website offering FREE education:

About Coursera

We are a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.

Through this, we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.

I cannot express how much this project is important. The knowledge is out there – all you need to do it get it. For free!

Here are the couple of courses I found interesting and actually started watching.

Computing for Data Analysis by Roger D. Peng

Mathematical Biostatistics Boot camp by Brian Caffo

Data Analysis by Jeff Leek

 They might be very interesting watch for the readers interested in learning statistics, data analysis and R. 

You may wonder why am I posting this - or even - why I am writing about data analysis and things like that on physical preparation blog? Well, I honestly believe that in next couple of years, even now, these skills (statistics, data analysis and decision making, even basic programming in VBA for Excel for example) will make a big difference in your skill sets and will make you light years ahead of other strength and conditioning coaches that might have more single leg exercises variations than you. At least if you plan working for a serious organization. And besides it is fun to learn new stuff, especially with the recent interactive tools and state-of-the-art presentations and lectures. What are you waiting for?

Another courses I find interesting personally are the following:

Fundamentals of Personal Finance Planning by Don DeBok

Introduction to Philosophy by a bunch of professors and lecturers

Introduction to Guitar by Thaddeus Hogarth

Learning was never been so easy.  Hell even learning guitar seems VERY interesting (Note to myself: keep it simple and stick to the basics).

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