2014 has been a great year. I’ve been writing programs in various languages for the better part of 3 decades, though I would have never defined myself as a ‘programmer’. In 2013 I recognized a handful of projects that would simplify some of my work, so earlier this year I picked a couple and have completed them. The result is that I now have MUCH more confidence in my ability to write code and am pursuing more complicated projects to continue developing my skill set. Here’s a list of some of the things that I’ve completed.
Any project involving data requires a specific format. Visualization libraries such at ggplot2 or matplotlib work with specific types of data. Any modeling or prediction is going to require a specific format. Most of the time a project requires several iterations of plotting or analysis, so data munging is a skill that you’ll use a LOT.
As a analyst working within the marketing world, most of the data that I see includes URLs. In fact, much of the data is focused on URLs. I tend to scrub URLs a lot, and have collected a hand full of scripts to help me. Hopefully this will help you as well. I’ve included references where appropriate.