havenwood: et al (i forgot who first mentioned it) this SCIP book seems amazing. it seems like this is a "computer science" book meant for people interested in cs and not programming, per se
i certainly want to learn practical skills so i can get a job, which includes learning to program, but i really want to understand computers. my phd is in physics, i know MATLAB programming but that's it. and just about every day i get recruiters trying to get me to apply for quant jobs at hedge funds and it requires R so i figure i would learn as my opportunities to stay in academia are almost gone
havenwood: now why do you recommend R over python for data? i mean python is more versatile. from my ignorant understanding, more and more people, especially backend web engineers use python to do data science and it's good for most of it but R is very specialized and meant for specific use cases but python offers more options and can do more data science problems in general...?
havenwood: also, have you seen the new oreilly book called python for data analysis from 2012? do you think once i understand R, it would be useful going through that and learning python? or what about the new oreilly book from 2015, called python for finance. i'm not sure how good it is but it's specific to the field i'd go in and i assume that's good and also that people will quickly say if it's good or not as it doesn't try to please every
slash_nick: any chance you see my long question i asked earlier in here? it was like 2-5 hours ago. it isn't in my scrollback anymore. i need to ask it again sincwe you were the only reply and i forget whawt you said :/