Newsletter: Data & AI Digest #1

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Hello and welcome to the first issue of Data & AI Digest! We’ve curated an exceptional list of articles that delve into a wide array of topics鈥攆rom the triumphs of data visualization in public health to the ethical dilemmas surrounding AI-generated images. Are you curious about running Python directly in Excel? We’ve got you covered!

  • [dataviz] The Triumph Over Tobacco: A Public Health Milestone: Explore how a blend of regulation, taxation, and education led to a significant decline in cigarette sales and lung cancer deaths in the U.S. Read more
  • [dataviz] Master the Art of Data Visualization with These Must-Read Books: Whether you’re a novice or a pro, discover five essential books that guide you to data visualization mastery. Read more
  • [analytics] Python Meets Excel: A New Era in Data Analysis: Announcing Python support in Microsoft Excel, enabling data analysis directly within the Excel grid鈥攏o separate Python installation needed. Read more
  • [powerbi] Unlock Power BI’s Full Potential with DAX: Discover 20 essential DAX tricks to enhance your Power BI reports, suitable for both beginners and experts. Read more
  • [ethics] Controversy Over ‘SmashOrPassAI’ Site: A new site that allows users to rate AI-generated women sparks backlash, raising ethical concerns. Read more
  • [public opinion] Rising Concerns Over AI’s Role in Daily Life: A new Pew Research survey reveals growing apprehension among Americans about the role of AI in daily life, with views varying by age and use cases. Read more
  • [privacy] GDPR Complaint Against OpenAI Over ChatGPT: OpenAI faces allegations of GDPR violations regarding its ChatGPT model, as filed by a privacy researcher. Read more
  • [coding] Meet Code Llama: A New Large Language Model for Coding: Meta is introducing Code Llama, a state-of-the-art large language model designed to assist with coding tasks. Read more

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Introducing “Data & AI Digest”: Your Essential AI Newsletter for Weekly Insights on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

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Why You Can’t Afford to Miss the “Data & AI Digest”

In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, keeping up with the ever-changing worlds of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be challenging. From breakthroughs in machine learning algorithms to ethical debates surrounding AI, the scope of what you need to know is vast and continuously expanding.

Enter the Data & AI Digest, a weekly newsletter curated to keep you updated on the most pertinent news, articles, and discussions in the realms of data and AI. Whether you are a seasoned professional, a student, or simply an enthusiast, this newsletter is designed with you in mind.

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#datamustread Data Viz Essentials: The Must-Read Books to Master Data Visualization

#DataVizEssentials 2023: The Must-Read Books to Master Data Visualization
#DataVizEssentials 2023: The Must-Read Books to Master Data Visualization

Building on the previous #datamustread recommendations, I’m excited to present the data viz edition of #datamustread. In this post, we’re focusing on the indispensable skill of data visualization. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, these five books will guide you to mastery:

  1. 馃摉 The Big Book of Dashboards
  2. 馃摉 Storytelling with Data
  3. 馃摉 The Truthful Art
  4. 馃摉 Show Me the Numbers
  5. 馃摉 Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI

The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios

A comprehensive guide filled with real-world solutions for building effective business dashboards across various industries and platforms. It’s a go-to resource for matching great dashboards with real-world scenarios.

Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals

Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic shares practical guidance on creating compelling data stories. Learn how to make your data visually appealing, engaging, and resonant with your audience.

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Power BI Data Visualization Mastery: Unlocking Insights with “Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI”

Power BI Data Visualization Mastery with the book "Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI" by Alexander Loth
Power BI Data Visualization Mastery with the book “Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI”

If you’ve been on the lookout for a comprehensive guide to unlock the potential of data visualization using Microsoft’s Power BI, you’ve come to the right place. Our latest pick for the #DataMustRead book club is a special one 鈥 Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI (Amazon), which recently hit Amazon’s #1 New Release in Information Management. Authored by myself, this book is your pathway to understand and implement Power BI, regardless of whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned professional.

Why Choose “Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI” for Your Power BI Journey?

Microsoft’s Power BI is a dynamic tool, breathing life into your company’s data through rich visuals and interactive dashboards. As powerful as it is, though, it can also present a daunting learning curve, especially if you’re new to data visualization. “Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI” is designed to help you conquer this curve and emerge as a Power BI maestro.

This book is more than just a typical guide. It鈥檚 a visually-rich journey that transports you from Power BI basics to advanced features, equipping you with a strong foundation. Here鈥檚 a peek into what you can expect:

  1. Connect with Various Data Sources: Learn to prepare your data for visualization and connect seamlessly to multiple data sources.
  2. Transform and Process Data: Understand the transformation of raw data into valuable, decision-driving information.
  3. Create Customizable Charts and Graphs: Design visually striking, easy-to-understand charts and graphs with hands-on guidance.
  4. Apply Analytics and Machine Learning: Uncover the realm of analytics and machine learning, and learn how to apply these concepts in Power BI.
  5. Craft Interactive Dashboards: Master the creation of interactive dashboards that effectively narrate your data’s story.

Each topic is presented using full-color screenshots, step-by-step instructions, and practical tips, ensuring that you’ll be able to follow along no matter your current skill level.

The Data Visualization Guide for Any Power BI Project

The reviews for “Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI” speak for themselves. Many readers have found the book to be an excellent resource, praising its unique approach to teaching both, data visualization and Power BI. From the detailed explanation of requirements gathering 鈥 a crucial step in any Power BI project 鈥 to providing insightful exploration of the current BI job market, this book aims to equip readers with a comprehensive understanding of Power BI and its practical applications.

Your Next Step in Power BI Mastery

Whether you’re a data rookie or a seasoned expert seeking to upskill, “Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI” is a must-read. It doesn’t just enable you to understand Power BI, it inspires you to craft your own data visualizations and drive impactful decisions.

Are you ready to dive deep into Power BI? Order your copy here to support my future book projects. Happy reading, data enthusiasts!

I’m eager to hear your thoughts as you delve into this comprehensive guide to Power BI. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #datamustread to share your insights and experiences on LinkedIn or Twitter!

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DataMustRead Book Club Pick: Discover the Art of Data Visualization with Show Me the Numbers

Discover the Art of Data Visualization with Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten
Discover the Art of Data Visualization with Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten

This month’s #DataMustRead book club selection is Show Me the Numbers (Amazon) by Stephen Few. In my ongoing mission to explore and share the most insightful resources in the field of data, I’ve chosen this exceptional guide on how to effectively present quantitative information.

Data Visualization with Show Me the Numbers

Data visualization is an essential skill in today’s data-driven world. It’s about translating complex data into an easy-to-understand visual format that helps us make sense of the numbers and tell compelling stories. It’s an area I’ve explored in my own recent book, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI (Amazon).

Show Me the Numbers is a master class in the principles and practices of data visualization. It’s an ideal guide for anyone involved in communicating with numbers – whether you’re a business professional, analyst, researcher, or student. And if you’re a fan of Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI, you’ll find Show Me the Numbers a complementary read.

Gleaning Insights from Data

The book starts with the basics, explaining the types of data and which tables or graphs are best for communicating them. But it doesn’t stop there. It builds on these insights by delving into more creative elements of data visualization. The beauty of this book is its broad appeal – it’s as accessible to beginners as it is enlightening to seasoned data professionals.

Stephen Few is a renowned expert in the field of data visualization, and his expertise shines through in this book. He shows us how to choose the right chart type, how to use color and text effectively, and how to avoid common pitfalls. Throughout the book, he supports his teachings with relevant examples and exercises that allow readers to apply the concepts to their own data.

Show Me the Numbers: A Practical Approach to Data Visualization

Show Me the Numbers is refreshingly practical. It offers sensible advice that you can apply directly to your work using modern tools and practices. Unlike some books that present unusual and pretty charts for unusual cases, Show Me the Numbers focuses on functional, effective visualization techniques that can be used in real-world scenarios.

One of the most appreciated aspects of this book, as mentioned in several reviews, is its readability. Even the statistical explanations are simple, yet accurate. It’s a technical book that you can comfortably read in your backyard and relax with while learning valuable skills.

Join the #DataMustRead Book Club

In conclusion, Show Me the Numbers is a highly recommended read for anyone interested in data visualization. It’s a book that takes the wisdom of classic authors in the field and builds on it with practical, up-to-date advice.

Ready to dive in? Order your copy of Show Me the Numbers and support both me and the author. Join the #DataMustRead book club, share your thoughts, and let’s continue our journey to master the world of data together!

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