Hi, I’m Nick.

I’m extremely passionate about data science and education. In my role as Director of Content at DataCamp, I get to work with brilliant people in industry and academia who share my passion and want to create interactive data science content for hundreds of thousands of students all over the world.

Prior to joining DataCamp, I completed a masters degree in Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University, then worked on the Analytics team at McKinsey.

Selected adventures

Cleaning Data in R (DataCamp)

Although my focus at DataCamp is building courses in partnership with external instructors, I’ve created a course of my own on Cleaning Data in R.

The course covers the basics of exploring raw data to identify potential problems, tidying data using the tidyr package, and preparing data for analysis by addressing issues such as missing or extreme values. The course finishes with a real-world case study, which ties everything together.

swirl (Statistics with Interactive R Learning)

As a graduate student at Johns Hopkins, my primary focus (and the subject of my thesis) was the development of swirl.

swirl is a fun and unique software package that teaches data science and R programming. Students receive immediate feedback as they are guided through self-paced and interactive lessons, allowing them to quickly master new skills in an authentic programming environment. Since its inception in 2013, over 1,000,000 students worldwide have used swirl to teach themselves R and data science.

Check us out at swirlstats.com and follow us on Twitter for more information.

Data Science Specialization

The Data Science Specialization is a groundbreaking sequence of nine MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) we developed at Johns Hopkins Biostatistics, all hosted on the Coursera platform. The courses, which are led by my faculty advisers (Brian, Jeff, and Roger), cover all aspects of the data science process and have attracted over 1,500,000 enrollees from around the world since 2013.

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