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

January-February

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

March-April

  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.

Textbooks

  • 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.