Computational Science 101

Read tips from our Data Science instructor, Lesley Cordero, regarding how to get started in computational science.

How does one get started in computational science?

Assuming you have the proper background in whichever science you’re looking to apply computational skills, I would start off with learning Python and then possibly move onto R. This would depend on the science you’re looking to apply computational skills. I would learn analytical modules (I recommend pandas, matplotlib, scikit-learn for ML) in Python and get familiar with the statistical packages of R.

If you have no computer science background, codecademy is a great resource to utilize when learning a new language. Learning computer science is a hard process, so be patient with yourself, especially if you decide to self-teach.

With that said, if you’re looking to pick up these skills quickly, I’d recommend a bootcamp! We have them here at Byte Academy and people become proficient coders in a matter of a couple of months.  You can check out our Data Science curriculum here.

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