As presented at BigConf on 28 March 2014 in Silver Spring, MD
Harvard Business Review called it "the sexiest job of the 21st century." These days, data scientists are faced with an onslaught of companies pitching products that promise to solve all your problems. Is there such a thing as a "silver bullet" for data science, and is it worth the hefty price tag?
This talk will briefly discuss what data science is, it will argue why open source software is usually the right choice for data scientists, and it will examine some of the leading OSS tools for data science available today. Topics will include statistical analysis, data mining, machine learning, natural language processing, and data visualization. Additional materials will be provided on the presentation's companion website: oss4ds.com