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Applied Data Science Capstone

IBM via Coursera


This capstone project course will give you a taste of what data scientists go through in real life when working with data.

You will learn about location data and different location data providers, such as Foursquare. You will learn how to make RESTful API calls to the Foursquare API to retrieve data about venues in different neighborhoods around the world. You will also learn how to be creative in situations where data are not readily available by scraping web data and parsing HTML code. You will utilize Python and its pandas library to manipulate data, which will help you refine your skills for exploring and analyzing data.

Finally, you will be required to use the Folium library to great maps of geospatial data and to communicate your results and findings.

If you choose to take this course and earn the Coursera course certificate, you will also earn an IBM digital badge upon successful completion of the course.

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-In this module, you will learn about the scope of this capstone course and the context of the project that you will be working on. You will learn about different location data providers and what location data is normally composed of. Finally, you will be required to submit a link to a new repository on your Github account dedicated to this course.

Foursquare API
-In this module, you will learn in details about Foursquare, which is the location data provider we will be using in this course, and its API. Essentially, you will learn how to create a Foursquare developer account, and use your credentials to search for nearby venues of a specific type, explore a particular venue, and search for trending venues around a location.

Neighborhood Segmentation and Clustering
-In this module, you will learn about k-means clustering, which is a form of unsupervised learning. Then you will use clustering and the Foursquare API to segment and cluster the neighborhoods in the city of New York. Furthermore, you will learn how to scrape website and parse HTML code using the Python package Beautifulsoup, and convert data into a pandas dataframe.

The Battle of Neighborhoods
-In this module, you will start working on the capstone project. You will clearly define a problem and discuss the data that you will be using to solve the problem.

The Battle of Neighborhoods (Cont'd)
-In this module, you will carry out all the remaining work to complete your capstone project. You will submit a report of your project for peer evaluation.

Taught by

Alex Aklson

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    Kurp completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

    Well, it's not exactly a course. It's an ending part of 9-courses long specialization and you need to make your own research here. Your work (including research code and data visualization in notebook + presentation) will be graded by other classmates. The course really proofs that you can work with data.

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