Happy Birthday To Me – The 2020 Resolution

It’s 10th January. Happy birthday to me, according to Gregorian calendar. When you’re in your 20s, birthday doesn’t mean much. That said, I would like to take this opportunity to set my 2020 resolution.

This year I am planning to continue my education. I am picking the open source data science masters. MIT Challenge by Scott H Young is my primary inspiration this time. As I have mentioned multiple times already, I will be attempting CFA level 1 in June this year. Therefore, I have to balance the workload of data science accordingly. I will also explore the application of data science in finance. As I am already proficient in R, I am planning to further develop my R skills. The curriculum however is focused on python. I will attempt only non-language specific courses during the next six months while completing the R specialization in Coursera.

I have edited the data science curriculam a little to reflect my dislike of slide based MOOCs. I have focused more on classroom videos like MIT Opencourseware. Some quantitative finance has been included because that’s my primary goal. For the next 6 months, I have planned the following courses in the Data science masters path:

Foundation Courses


  1. Linear Algebra
  2. Single Variable Calculus
  3. Linear Optimization


  1. Convex Optimization
  2. Multivariable Calculus
  3. Introduction to Statistical Learning
  4. Topics in Mathematics with Applications in Finance

I will take a break during May and June and focus on my CFA studies.


  • Linear Algebra by Levandosky
  • How to Solve It by Polya
  • Statistics in a Nutshell by Boslaugh

Books I Will Read

I will read some books. I don’t want to commit to anything because in that case I will need to finish the books. I will start many but finish only those that I like. There is no point in predicting which books I will like. No point forcing myself through pages if I don’t like something either just because I made a resolution. So, nothing to see here.

Personal Agenda

  1. Reduce social media even more.
  2. Lose weight.
  3. Adopt more minimalist life.
  4. Reduce carbon footprint of mine.

If anything comes up, I will write here. Till then, these are my primary goals of 2020. Good luck to me.