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Squirrels gone wild

Read on for data from the classroom, tips for becoming a Pythonista, an AMA, and squirrely power grids.

SHARE WITH THE CLASS
The Future of Big Data and Analytics in K-12 Education
At edtech startup AltSchool’s private campuses, student actions are recorded every day. AltSchool’s software and algorithms search this data for patterns and make suggestions for how to improve student performance. If you only read one article today, this is it. - Education Week

PYTHONISTA PREP
Getting to the “Plateau of Productivity” with Python
Using the Gartner Hype Cycle as a framework, this post provides a load of context and tips for anyone who wants to pursue Python. As an added benefit, you could apply this structure to learning any technical language or tool. - Practical Business Python

COLLECT CALLS
How Toyota Revamped Its Collections Biz with Big Data Analytics
Toyota Financial Services (TFS) used to collect car payments with a one-size-fits-all approach. Then the recession hit. For the first time, 100,000 people a day were behind on their payments. With a massive analytics overhaul, TFS were able to personalize their collection strategies and help 6,000 customers keep their cars from being repossessed. - Datanami

DATA ON MY SLEEVE
AMA Data Scientist: Jake Porway of DataKind
Highlights of the discussion include advice for budding data scientists, ethical challenges, and opportunities to do good with data. - Reddit

CYCLE-PATHS
A Tale of Twenty-Two Million Citi Bike Rides: Analyzing the NYC Bike Share System
This comes from the man who analyzed 1.1 billion NYC taxi and Uber trips, so you better believe it’s thorough. If you relish meaty analysis, or you just love bikes, this is for you. - Todd W. Schneider

I PECANT EVEN
A terrifying and hilarious map of squirrel attacks on the U.S. power grid
Because how could we not include this? Explore this nutty dataset in detail here. - Wonkblog

Dataset of the week

Yahoo News Feed A collection of 110 billion Yahoo News user actions, and the largest publicly-released machine learning dataset to date. - Yahoo Labs

People are talking about: Powerball

Well, the anticipation was fun while it lasted. If you weren’t one of the lucky winners, maybe these lottery stats will provide some solace.

What’s goin’ on at Mode

Analysis of analysis to see what questions analysts asked in 2015.

Enjoy MLK day!