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Contributing to How to Data

By contributing to How to Data, you’re permitting your work to be used under the same license as the rest of the site. See licensing information in the README of our GitHub repository.

If you have a question about stats/data…

You probably want to be browsing our Tasks page.

If your question isn’t there, this site may not be the right place for you. It’s a reference for common questions, not a place to ask individual questions. We highly recommend the following websites that answer custom/individual questions.

If you found a mistake on our site…

Please tell us! The best way to do so is to file a new issue in our source code repository.

If you have a suggested improvement…

Great! You can make the edit yourself, and we’ll review it for inclusion. Here’s how:

  1. View whichever solution you’d like to improve.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click the link that says “edit the source.”
  3. Click the pencil icon on the right above the page content to start editing.
  4. Under the “Commit changes” heading, write a short phrase to explain what you’re submitting, such as “Fixing incorrect RMSE formula.”
  5. Make sure you’re creating a new branch and a pull request. (A “pull request” is a request for the How to Data maintainers to review and accept your submission.)
  6. Click “Commit changes.”

If you want to add a new topic…

Excellent! The current list of topics focuses on courses at Bentley University, where this website began. But we’d love to support your institution as well! Since the first few courses in statistics and data science include much of the same material across institutions, the website probably already contains most of the tasks (and their solutions!) that you need. Feel free to reach out directly to the site maintainer by email and he can easily help you add a new topic to the site just through an email conversation.

If you want to create new tasks or solutions…

Excellent! The wiki on our GitHub page will tell you everything you need to know about getting started as a How to Data developer, whether you’re planning a small contribution (like one new solution) or have big plans (like improving the website build process itself). We’re happy to help you get on board!

If you’re looking for which contributions would be most valuable…

Here’s a list! We would love to have the following new content added to this site, using any of the methods described above.

  • If you want to translate existing solutions into another language, the site automatically generates lists of tasks that need translating.
  • Basic stats content in Python (such as what’s listed here) typically uses a statistical package like SciPy, but often a smaller library like NumPy is sufficient. Add solutions in Python using just NumPy when possible.
  • For tasks that deal with linear models, some students prefer the Python package statsmodels and others prefer sklearn, because each has different strengths. Browse the full task list for tasks that are solved using just one of these packages, and add a solution in the other package as well.
  • Intro data science content
    • Create and solve a task, “How to find the data type of a variable or other expression”
    • Create and solve a task, “How to work with lists, arrays, or vectors” (they have different names and properties in different languages and packages)
    • Create and solve a task, “How to select one or more columns from a table of data”
    • Create and solve a task, “How to select a subset of the rows from a table of data”
    • Create and solve a task, “How to add a new column to a table of data” (which is typically a column computed from other columns, or a constant or empty column to be edited later)