A Layman's Guide to Data Science Journey

It is very easy to become confused when you start your data science journey. However the problem is not dearth of study materials, but having too many of them! It is almost impossible to find the best in the heap and becoming frustrated is natural.
As I had started my data science journey 6 months back, I am providing list of only three best resources in each area which really helped me a lot for steady progress. I hope it will help you also to declutter your confusions and come up with an actionable plan.

1.Python Machine Learning by Sebastian Raschke
2.Think Stats – Exploratory Data Analysis in Python – Allen B Downey
3.Introduction to Statistical Learning – by Gareth James (for R)

1.CS109 – Data Science by Harvard (For more advanced, CS229 – ML by Stanford)
2.Machine Learning by Stanford University – Coursera
3.Machine Learning A-Z, Hand on Python & R in Data Science

C.Forums: (this is also an exvellent source of pratice data s…

A Layman’s Guide to Blue Ocean Strategy (PART -1)

We always envisage competition among organization’s as a fiercely competitive war of strategy which is based on Porter’s famous Five forces model (given below) and that does not help any of the organizations’ much.
The Entry of Competitors:
The Threat of Substitutes:
The Bargaining Power of Buyers:
The Bargaining Power of Suppliers:
The Rivalry Among Existing Players: However according to famous strategists W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, the best way to beat the competition is to stop trying to beat the competition.

Market can be classified into two categories - Red and Blue Ocean. Red ocean signifies already occupied and fiercely competitive market which has been described earlier. However Blue Ocean refers to unexplored market/possibilities which will provide maximum profit to the organization through right strategy and innovation.
Below are the considering factors for leveraging Blue Ocean Strategy:
i.Explore redundant processes/objects that can be totally eliminated to add real value.

Randy Lao's Article on Data Science - part-1

An excellent Beginner's Guide to the Data Science by Randy Lao,

A Layman’s Guide to Lifecycle Based Investment

This is the second part of the blog “A Layman’s guide to Investment” which I started last week. When we do investing, many of us hardly give any consideration how our asset allocation should change with changing time and this is not a wise approach. So, in this blog I am trying to set few simple guidelines which you may consider,

1.Age 25-30:  Start investing at the earliest and increase your savings and investment as much as possible. This is usually the time when you have less family obligations and thus you can take maximum risks. Also, if you are salaried employee, try to increase your investment in Voluntary PF.

a.Equity/MF Exposure:50-60%
b.Fixed Assed Exposure:20-30%
c.Other Assets:10-15%                  Create separate buckets for important goals in life – like marriage, children’s higher education, buying home/car, holiday and retirement etc. The biggest mistake one can make is to use one fund for all purposes which has the great risk of exhausting your corpus much earlier and y…

A Layman’s Guide to Personal Finance/Investing

      This blog is written considering people who have elementary knowledge on personal finance but enthusiastic about starting fresh towards the rewarding journey of investment. They should try to follow below simple steps to begin with,
1.First analyze your income and expenses thoroughly, not only your big-ticket expenses like EMI, but even minute details like laundry expenses which will give you realistic picture how well are you managing your income and expenditure.

2.Create an emergency fund which should be no less than 3 months’ of your monthly income. This will act as a primary cushion for unemployment or unavoidable circumstances.

3.Buy Family floater plan for you and your dependents even if you have an insurance from your company. This will be very helpful when you are out of job or even for buying individual coverage at a later stage of life.

4.Buy a term insurance plan for your dependent to protect your family from any hardship in future in your absence.

5.Try to increase your i…

A Layman's View on PSU Consolidation

Consolidation of Public Sector Banks – Will it serve any purpose?
Yes, definitely. The suggestion of consolidation among PSBs has quite old history. Narasimham Committee Report in 1991 (NC-I), recommended a three tier banking structure in India through establishment of three large banks with international presence, eight to ten national banks and a large number of regional and local banks. Narasimham Committee Report in 1998 (NC-II) also reiterated the recommendations on NC-I.
Few strong arguments for Consolidation can be given below:
1. Indian banking sector is highly fragmented. PSBs mostly competing with each other as they have same business model, products and segments. Herfindahl-Hirschmann Index (HHI)1 for Indian banking sector stands at 545.2, reflecting low levels of concentration. It will also enable geographical diversification, increase in market share and penetration to new markets, and help promote international acceptance and recognition.
2. Need for huge Capital base to Man…

Top Three Entrepreneurship Courses in India

The enthusiasm for entrepreneurship is ever growing. However though it is debatable whether formal education really is a prerequisite to be an entrepreneur, we can at least say there is no harm if you start your entrepreneurial journey with some formal education about business.
There are plethora of choices exist now for entrepreneurship courses, I am highlighting few of those which have created their marks already. SIBM  2 Year MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship – This is a formal full time MBA course taught in the same prestigious SIBM Pune campus. Aspirants have to appear for  CAT, however general cutoff for this course is much lower (65% - 75%) compared to SIBM Pune’s flagship MBA BM course where cut off is around 98%. Course fee is around 15 lakhs and no placement is provided to the students to encourage entrepreneurship. TISS  2 Year MA in Social Entrepreneurship – This is one of the most sought-after full time course on Social Entrepreneurship started by one of the most resp…