Data Science Professional Project

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This course is part of the Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Science.

Showcase the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired during the Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science, and solve a real-world data science problem in this program capstone project. The project takes the form of a challenge in which you will explore a dataset and develop a machine learning solution that is tested and scored to determine your grade.

Note: This course assumes you have completed the previous courses in the Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science. For details, go to https://academy.microsoft.com/en-us/professional-program/data-science.

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Andy Gibb

9/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
I think that this final project was pitched just about right - while the data set seems easy enough to work with, the machine learning portion was tricky enough to make you think and to use quite a few of the skills and ideas developed throughout the rest of the course. It's one thing to do the exercises (and exams) at the end of each module, but it's another thing entirely to come up with the right analysis yourself. Well worth doing, and a great way to finish off the certificate program.
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Annette S

8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
I completed the entire MPPDS curriculum in roughly 4 months. Several of the earlier courses were review of prior experience. The courses on Machine Learning and Programming in R were new experiences. I would recommend however, that the order be shuffled a bit. Often the Machine Learning modules included scripts either in R or Python for the user's convenience. However, the finals often require the use of one of these languages and if you are not solid in your knowledge, writing your own scripts are much more difficult. I also think that more emphasis should be placed on techniques used to preprocess data. The final project included an real-world data twist that was not covered in previous course work and required additional sleuthing. While that's not necessarily bad, the final course is the only course that was relegated to only one-month. If you work full-time, the compression of the time line made it more difficult to comp... I completed the entire MPPDS curriculum in roughly 4 months. Several of the earlier courses were review of prior experience. The courses on Machine Learning and Programming in R were new experiences. I would recommend however, that the order be shuffled a bit. Often the Machine Learning modules included scripts either in R or Python for the user's convenience. However, the finals often require the use of one of these languages and if you are not solid in your knowledge, writing your own scripts are much more difficult. I also think that more emphasis should be placed on techniques used to preprocess data. The final project included an real-world data twist that was not covered in previous course work and required additional sleuthing. While that's not necessarily bad, the final course is the only course that was relegated to only one-month. If you work full-time, the compression of the time line made it more difficult to complete the work. I would also recommend that the first Edx page includes the due data schedule. I almost missed an important deadline because I had not read an e-mail. I had been using the deadlines posted in Edx as my guide but they did not match the deadline in the e-mail. Overall, I thought the final course featured a good representation of the techniques used over the 9 other courses of the program. The did not give out any five stars because there are still improvements that can be made. Graeme and staff - Nicely done.
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Ben P.

9/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
The entire MSFT Data Science Academy is great - I've learned alot from the courses, challenges, and instructors. However, it is still clear that there are some technical issues that need to be resolved - for instance, despite passing & paying for the certs, my MPP dashboard hasn't reflected the scores/progress. I'm currently waiting for a response from tech support, but in general, it is not best practice for customers to spend 7 months paying for classes and then not easily receive the certification they earned. additionally, the communication between MSFT and Edx needs to be improved. After contacting MSFT I was told, 'talk to Edx', and after contacting Edx I was told, 'talk to MSFT'. From a learning perspective the courses are great (perfect altitude and challenge level), but the customer experience needs some improving.
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Miriam Klous

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
Interesting assignment containing all aspects of the data science process including reporting data/results. Peer reviews were feasible, and large differences in the quality of the reports could be rated. However, some reports were still better than others, but difficult to indicate with the provided scaling.
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Alex k

9/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
Solid assignment course that requires you to use the skills learned over the Data Science program. Good flexibility to use/focus on preferred strategies. Final report is an a real world requirement which in provides validity rather than an exam. marking rubric for the report could have more detail.
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Paul Mansfield

6/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 3 months ago
Hi All, I’ve completed 7 out of the courses for the Data Science Curriculum and heading toward the final project for June start. Remaining courses for me are Programming with R for Data Science and then a choice from 3.... Applied Machine Learning - Implementing Predictive Solutions with Spark in HDInsight - Developing Intelligent Applications My background is developing so naturally inclined to the later of these but I’m open to each of these, just wondered which one you chose and if you thought it set you up well for the final project. If the final project is all about Machine Learning, then perhaps Applied Machine Learning is the one I should take. Any comments would be appreciated, thanks.
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6/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 6 months ago
until they fix the platform issues, don't bother. the Azure ML scoring system which you utilize to score your entries has serious unresolved issues which make it hard to complete the class or even progress successfully. days of downtime, unscored submissions, wasted submissions, you name it. also other bugs, with predictive models not updating, etc. until they smooth things now, you may as well wait.
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nadia ar

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 7 months ago
i have finished all the courses and waiting for the final project.I like it the course and i hope it will open my career.Is there any one completed the final project and helped to get a job?
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 7 months ago
the course for me was an eye opener to advance data science skills, the cloud platform experience was overwhelming and machine learning problem solving skills was intuitive, upon successful completion of the program, it totally launch and upgraded my career path as a Microsoft data science professional.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 10 months ago
This course is a challenge! In fact to call it a "course" is a little grandiose--it is a Cortana competition! To pass this course you will need to apply much of what is covered in the Data Science Curriculum from Microsoft up to this point; so I hope you made good notes as you went through! One word of advice, that I found unclear, is that you need to enter the competition to get the initial machine learning project. You need this project to be able to enter the competition, it has all the instructions you need to enter and therefore get a passing grade. I would suggest you use a paid for (preferably on Azure credit) machine learning account as I quickly hit limits on the free one and had to switch to a paid account, which was a good thing as I learned how to transfer and share machine learning assets between accounts as a consequence. I used about $NZ50 credit on my paid account and maxed out the free one as well. I would suggest re... This course is a challenge! In fact to call it a "course" is a little grandiose--it is a Cortana competition! To pass this course you will need to apply much of what is covered in the Data Science Curriculum from Microsoft up to this point; so I hope you made good notes as you went through! One word of advice, that I found unclear, is that you need to enter the competition to get the initial machine learning project. You need this project to be able to enter the competition, it has all the instructions you need to enter and therefore get a passing grade. I would suggest you use a paid for (preferably on Azure credit) machine learning account as I quickly hit limits on the free one and had to switch to a paid account, which was a good thing as I learned how to transfer and share machine learning assets between accounts as a consequence. I used about $NZ50 credit on my paid account and maxed out the free one as well. I would suggest reviewing courses on data cleansing and machine learning techniques (or the notes you took when undertaking those courses) as you will need it when working on the project. I spent 28 hours working on this project. Finally, the whole scoring of the project was unnerving, but have faith, it worked out seamlessly, just watch the deadlines and do NOT miss them. Good luck!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 10 months ago
I have been doing Microsoft certifications for many years. This course was worth every moment. I was part of the initial Pilot program and the content was very relevant, taught me a lot and I think was one of the most valuable certification courses I have ever completed. I am grateful to all the instructors and the course team for really offering a solid course and a certification that I will be proud to achieve.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
The competition was a great capstone to the data science curriculum. I could see from the forums/yammer that lots of classmates were engaging deeply with the challenge and sharing what they had learned with one another. My chief complaint, which may be fixed in future iterations, is that it was very difficult to identify the source of errors in the submission evaluation. The course staff were unable to help and the competition platform developers, chat system, Azure ML Stack Overflow, and Azure ML MSDN forum were all swamped in the last week. No one really knew whether their submission would work on the final grading dataset and the all-or-nothing grading meant the stakes were high. Would be great to add one or two earlier rounds of grading just for peace of mind. (P.S. -- An instructor rating was required so I have given one, but this is a competition, not a course.)
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2/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 7 months ago
The competition was a great capstone to the data science curriculum. I could see from the forums/yammer that lots of classmates were engaging deeply with the challenge and sharing what they had learned with one another. My chief complaint, which may be fixed in future iterations, is that it was very difficult to identify the source of errors in the submission evaluation. The course staff were unable to help and the competition platform developers, chat system, Azure ML Stack Overflow, and Azure ML MSDN forum were all swamped in the last week. No one really knew whether their submission would work on the final grading dataset and the all-or-nothing grading meant the stakes were high. Would be great to add one or two earlier rounds of grading just for peace of mind. (P.S. -- An instructor rating was required so I have given one, but this is a competition, not a course.) Hide Chris Barker 3 months ago rates this course 5
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