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Getting Started with Data Science: Making Sense of Data with Analytics by Murtaza Haider

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Preface

It was arguably the largest trading floor in Canada. Yet when it came to data and analytics, parts of the trading floor were still stuck in the digital Stone Age.

It was the mid-nineties, and I was a new immigrant in Toronto trying to find my place in a new town. I had to my credit a civil engineering degree and two years of experience as a newspaper reporter. The Fixed Income Derivatives desk at BMO Nesbitt Burns, a Toronto-based investment brokerage, was searching for a data analyst. I was good in Excel and proficient in engineering-grade Calculus. I applied for the job and landed it.

I was intimidated, to say the least, on the very first day I walked onto the sprawling trading floor. Right in the heart of downtown Toronto, a vast floor ...

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