2019 Shortlist for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books

Since 1988, the Royal Society has celebrated outstanding popular science writing and authors. Each year, a panel of expert judges choose the book that they believe makes popular science writing compelling and accessible to the public. Over the decades, the Prize has celebrated some notable winners including Bill Bryson and Stephen Hawking. The author of the winning…

Recreating graphics from the Fundamentals of Data Visualization

Claus Wilke wrote the Fundamentals of Data Visualization – a great resource that’s definitely high on my list of recommended data visualization books. In a recent post, Claus shared the link to a GitHub repository where he hosts some of the R programming code with which Claus made the graphics for his dataviz book. The…

Recommended Books on Data Visualization

Data visualization and the (in)effective communication of information are salient topics on this blog. I just love to read and write about best practices related to data visualization (or bad practices), or to explore novel types of complex graphs. However, I am not always online, and I am equally fond of reading about data visualization…

Free Programming Books (I still need to read)

There are multiple unread e-mails in my inbox. Links to books. Just sitting there. Waiting to be opened, read. For months already. The sender, you ask? Me. Paul van der Laken. A nuisance that guy, I tell you. He keeps sending me reminders, of stuff to do, books to read. Books he’s sure a more…

Books for the modern, data-driven HR professional (incl. People Analytics)

With great pleasure I’ve studied and worked in the field of people analytics, where we seek to leverage employee, management-, and business information to better organize and manage our personnel. Here, data has proven valuable itself indispensible for the organization of the future. Data and analytics have not traditionally been high on the list of…

GoalKicker: Free Programming Books

This specific link has been on my to-do list for so-long now that I’ve decided to just share it without any further ado. The people behind GoalKicker, for whatever reason, decided to compile nearly 100 books on different programming languages based on among others StackOverflow entries. Their open access library contains books on languages from…

Datasets to practice and learn Programming, Machine Learning, and Data Science

Many requests have come in regarding “training datasets”¬†– to practice programming. Fortunately, the internet is full of open-source datasets! I compiled a selected list of datasets and repositories below. If you have any additions, please comment or contact me! For information on programming languages or algorithms, visit the overviews for R,¬†Python, SQL, or Data Science,…

Python resources (free courses, books, & cheat sheets)

Find more comprehensive Python repositories:Vinta’s awesome Python Github repository, the easy Python docs, the Python Wiki Beginners Guide, or CourseDuck’s overview of free Python courses! My list of Python resources is still quite short so if you have additions, please comment below or contact me! There are separate overviews for Data Science, Machine Learning, & Statistics resources in…