Pranav Dar — January 1, 2019
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The Learning Path to Become a Data Scientist in 2020 is now live! Head over here to start your data science journey.

Introduction

Learning paths are immensely popular among our readers and with good reason! Learning paths take away the pain and confusion from the learning process. For those who don’t know what a learning path is – we take the pain of going through all the resources available on data science, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence, select the best ones, and arrange them in a logical sequence for you to follow.

If this sounds like a lot of work – it is. And it is done with the purpose of eliminating that huge amount of work you would otherwise have to do. We understand that when you are starting out in data science, the sheer amount of resources can be overwhelming. And hence we created learning paths. And our learning paths were an instant success with our community.

If learning paths were useful in 2018, this year they would be the most helpful tool for a person trying to become a data scientist. Why? Because the amount of content and information out there has increased multi-folds. And so has the confusion and the amount of knowledge expected out of a data scientist.

 

Access the complete learning path to become a data scientist in 2019 here. You will need to register yourself on our training portal – this will enable you to keep track of what you have covered.

 

Summary – Learning Path to become a Data Scientist in 2019

Broadly, the learning path to become a data scientist can be divided into the following steps:

  1. Getting Started: The biggest step of them all – beginning your data science journey. This stage is all about understanding what data science is and what a data scientist role entails. Additionally, this is where you should pick up the programming language and tool of your choice (our recommendation is Python). This will enable you to code through all that you learn in the coming months
  2. Learning Basic Maths and Statistics: What are the core concepts a data scientist must absolutely know? That would be statistics and mathematics. Where learning a tool will help you perform quick calculations and generate results, you can’t truly become a data scientist until you have a solid grasp on statistical methods (probability, descriptive and inferential stats) and mathematical fields (linear algebra to be precise). That’s why we emphasize on these two fields in this year’s learning path
  3. Learning Machine Learning concepts and applying them: This is where things start to hear up – you’re reading this article because you’ve been intrigued by what machine learning can do. And once you’re done with the above points (by March start if you follow the learning path), you will start learning the basics of machine learning. But this isn’t just limited to theoretical concepts. We firmly believe in learning by doing, hence we have provided some awesome projects so you can experience what a data scientist does!
  4. Some more applications of Machine Learning: Once you have a good grasp on these basic techniques, we move along in April to more advanced topics, like ensemble learning, random forest, boosting algorithms, and time series methods. But ML isn’t limited to just the algorithms, you need to know nifty tricks to improve your model, right? That’s where validation strategies and feature engineering will play a role. We also encourage you to keep your focus on industry applications, and have hence included a recommendation engine project in the learning path
  5. Introduction to Deep Learning: Now you know these machine learning concepts, what comes next? Deep learning of course! It’s becoming an essential part of any data scientist’s CV these days. July should see your data scientist path lean towards understanding neural networks and getting the hang of Keras
  6. Various deep learning architectures like RNN, CNN: Follow that up with a deep dive into advanced neural network frameworks, namely recurrent neural networks and convolutional neural networks. These are fairly heavy concepts, hence we recommend spending a few weeks on understanding them from scratch
  7. Computer Vision Applications: Computer vision is one of the hottest fields right now and hence we have focused a lot on this domain. We feel every data scientist should absolutely have this on their resume since this is where a lot of the jobs in the future will come up. We have included a really cool project to give you a practical understanding of how a computer vision model works
  8. Natural Language Processing (NLP): No data scientist learning path is fully complete without first going over NLP. You should focus on learning the basics at the very least, including text preprocessing and text classification. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can explore how deep learning works in NLP but that’s not a mandatory requirement

We have broken down all these steps month on month – so if you start following the learning path, you know exactly what you need to follow and what you need to cover every month starting today.

You can access the full learning path here and register yourself to start your journey today. Our training portal enables you to track your progress after each section thus helping you to stay on track throughout the year.

Here is an image laying out what should you do month on month to become a data scientist by the end of 2019. If you put in all the efforts as mentioned in the learning path – you will be well placed to get into a data scientist role before the end of the year.

We have one more gift to make your new year truly special. Join Analytics Vidhya’s CEO and Founder Kunal Jain on January 10th for an exclusive webinar where he will elaborate on how to get the most out of this learning path. He will discuss the roadmap to become a data scientist in 2019. Get your questions answered and your doubts clarified by one of the eminent personalities in this field!

We have done all the hard work to make sure you have all you need on 1st January to become a data scientist this year. Now, it is your turn. As always, if you have any questions – do let us know. See you more often on Analytics Vidhya in 2019!

About the Author

Pranav Dar

Senior Editor at Analytics Vidhya. Data visualization practitioner who loves reading and delving deeper into the data science and machine learning arts. Always looking for new ways to improve processes using ML and AI.

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19 thoughts on "The Ultimate Learning Path to Become a Data Scientist and Master Machine Learning in 2019"

YASH PAL
YASH PAL says: January 01, 2019 at 7:42 pm
Thanks for giving this information. Am looking for it.. Reply
Pranav Dar
Pranav Dar says: January 02, 2019 at 11:31 am
You're welcome, Yash, and all the best for your journey! Reply
Peter
Peter says: January 02, 2019 at 12:20 pm
Anything for Apple store? Reply
Hitman2552
Hitman2552 says: January 03, 2019 at 11:14 am
What is the difference between this learning path and the learning path for Deep Learning, Are both learning paths applicable to freshers??? Reply
Pulkit Sharma
Pulkit Sharma says: January 03, 2019 at 12:03 pm
Hi Hitman, Yes! both the learning paths are for freshers. This one is for people who wants to become data scientists by the end of 2019 and the other one is for people who wants to become deep learning experts. Reply
JOSE VILLEGAS
JOSE VILLEGAS says: January 04, 2019 at 4:49 am
Thanks for this material, I really want to complete the path. Reply
Kanav Sharma
Kanav Sharma says: January 04, 2019 at 7:59 am
I am beginner what to choose path for machine learning or deep learning . As your path for deep learning also include Machine learning i am bit confuse Reply
Hitman2552
Hitman2552 says: January 04, 2019 at 4:03 pm
If we complete this path, will we be industry ready and will companies like to hire us as we are freshers??? Reply
Pranav Dar
Pranav Dar says: January 04, 2019 at 5:52 pm
Hi Peter, Thanks for reaching out. The entire learning path is available on our trainings platform to enable you to track your progress in each section: https://trainings.analyticsvidhya.com/courses/course-v1:AnalyticsVidhya+LPDS2019+LPDS2019_T1/about Reply
Pranav Dar
Pranav Dar says: January 04, 2019 at 5:57 pm
Hi Kanav, Thanks for reaching out. If you are a beginner in data science, then you should start with the machine learning path. It is meant as a structrued journey for beginners in this field. Once you have a grasp on the basic machine learning techniques, and are able to code them easily in Python, then you can try the deep learning path. So start with this one and focus on this for 2019. Reply
Pranav Dar
Pranav Dar says: January 04, 2019 at 5:57 pm
Hi Kanav, Thanks for reaching out. If you are a beginner in data science, then you should start with the machine learning path. It is meant as a structured journey for beginners in this field. Once you have a grasp on the basic machine learning techniques, and are able to code them easily in Python, then you can try the deep learning path. So start with this one and focus on this for 2019. Reply
Sharanya
Sharanya says: January 07, 2019 at 4:27 pm
I want learn machine learning Reply
Amit Tewari
Amit Tewari says: January 08, 2019 at 12:05 pm
Would be great if the resources for covering the specific topics were also mentioned along with the plan. Reply
Pranav Dar
Pranav Dar says: January 08, 2019 at 4:08 pm
Then you have arrived at the right place, Sharanya! Go ahead and enroll for FREE here and start your data science journey: https://trainings.analyticsvidhya.com/courses/course-v1:AnalyticsVidhya+LPDS2019+LPDS2019_T1/about Reply
Pranav Dar
Pranav Dar says: January 08, 2019 at 4:25 pm
Hi Amit, There are multiple resources for each topics every month, hence we have laid out an overview of what we have covered in this learning path. You can go to the learning path page and check it out yourself by enrolling (it's free): https://trainings.analyticsvidhya.com/courses/course-v1:AnalyticsVidhya+LPDS2019+LPDS2019_T1/about Reply
pallavi
pallavi says: January 27, 2019 at 7:46 pm
is it a free course?? Reply
Pranav Dar
Pranav Dar says: January 28, 2019 at 11:00 am
Hi Pallavi, Yes, the learning path is free! I highly recommend enrolling yourself today so you can stay on track for the rest of the year (or even move ahead depending on your speed). Reply
Dr S Kotrappa
Dr S Kotrappa says: April 03, 2019 at 2:45 pm
Nice very useful and innovative of learning Data Science, thanks Reply
Dr S Kotrappa
Dr S Kotrappa says: April 03, 2019 at 2:46 pm
Nice very useful and innovative way of learning technique of Data Science, thanks Reply

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