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Nail Data Science interviews at FAANG and Tier-1 Tech Companies

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This is what you'll learn in our Data Science career path!

Data Structures & Algorithms

Data Science

Career Coaching

- 15 Mock Interviews
- 6-Month Support Period

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Data structures and Algorithms

5 weeks

5 live classes

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Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems

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Batch Processing Concepts in-depth and Common Design Problems for FAANG+ interviews

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**Case Studies:**on APM, Social Connections, Netflix, Google Maps, Trending Topics, YouTube

Design real-time data-intensive applications like Google Maps, Netflix, etc.

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- Introduction to Sorting
- Basics of Asymptotic Analysis and Worst Case & Average Case Analysis
- Different Sorting Algorithms and their comparison
- Algorithm paradigms like Divide & Conquer, Decrease & Conquer, Transform & Conquer
- Presorting
- Extensions of Merge Sort, Quick Sort, Heap Sort
- Common sorting-related coding interview problems

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- Recursion as a Lazy Manager's Strategy
- Recursive Mathematical Functions
- Combinatorial Enumeration
- Backtracking
- Exhaustive Enumeration & General Template
- Common recursion- and backtracking-related coding interview problems

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- Dictionaries & Sets, Hash Tables
- Modeling data as Binary Trees and Binary Search Tree and performing different operations over them
- Tree Traversals and Constructions
- BFS Coding Patterns
- DFS Coding Patterns
- Tree Construction from its traversals
- Common trees-related coding interview problems

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- Overview of Graphs
- Problem definition of the 7 Bridges of Konigsberg and its connection with Graph theory
- What is a graph, and when do you model a problem as a Graph?
- How to store a Graph in memory (Adjacency Lists, Adjacency Matrices, Adjacency Maps)
- Graphs traversal: BFS and DFS, BFS Tree, DFS stack-based implementation
- A general template to solve any problems modeled as Graphs
- Graphs in Interviews
- Common graphs-related coding interview problems

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- Dynamic Programming Introduction
- Modeling problems as recursive mathematical functions
- Detecting overlapping subproblems
- Top-down Memorization
- Bottom-up Tabulation
- Optimizing Bottom-up Tabulation
- Common DP-related coding interview problems

Data Science

7 weeks

7 live classes

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Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems

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Batch Processing Concepts in-depth and Common Design Problems for FAANG+ interviews

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**Case Studies:**on APM, Social Connections, Netflix, Google Maps, Trending Topics, YouTube

Design real-time data-intensive applications like Google Maps, Netflix, etc.

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- Derive business insights for a food delivery app by writing SQL queries
- Comprehensive coverage of topics from intermediate-level concepts such as Case Statements and subqueries to advanced SQL functions such as joins and analytical functions
- Application of window functions as lead, lag functions to evaluate day-over-day insight on business performance
- Use rank and dense rank functions to understand merchants’ reach in the market
- Complex SQL problems on customer-merchant pairwise dependence using a variety of functions and operators
- Deep dive into joins, their type, and comparison of left join vs. right join vs. outer join vs. broadcast join
- Thematic coverage of frequently asked interview problems through template problems
- A step-by-step guide to what you can expect in an interview and how to tackle them in a time-constrained environment

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- Challenging combinatorial probability questions involving coin tosses, dice throws, cards, and balls (popular in FAANG+ interviews)
- Dealing with bias: Given an outcome, finding the probability of the coin being biased
- Interview questions on conditional probability and Bayes theorem: Given the statistics, what is the probability of success of an event

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- Random variables, distributions, PDF, and CDF
- Intriguing properties of normal distribution and related common interview questions
- The application of normal distribution in various industries/fields such as finance, trading, etc.
- Importance of normalization and standardization during data analysis
- Central Limit Theorem and its real-life applications
- Extensive coverage of distributions, including uniform distribution, binomial distribution, Poisson distribution, exponential, etc.
- Relationships among probability distributions such as approximating binomial distribution to the normal distribution under the certain circumstances
- Say you have X1 ~ Uniform(0, 1) and X2 ~ Uniform(0, 1). What is the expected value of the minimum of X and X2?
- Suppose a fair coin is tossed 100 times. What is the probability there will be more than 60 heads?
- The probability of a car passing a certain intersection in a 20-minute window is 0.9. What is the probability of a car passing the intersection in a 5-minute window?

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- Hypothesis testing, develop null and alternative hypotheses
- Familiarity with p-value and general misconceptions like p-value is the probability of the null hypothesis being false
- How to find the confidence interval? What are Type-1 and Type-2 errors?
- One side vs. Two side testing. When to use when?
- T-test vs. Z-test: How can we test whether the avg. car speed on the highway exceeds 65mph with a significance level of 0.05?
- Chi-square test and ANOVA (ANalysis Of VAriance)
- Learn how FAANG+ companies do A/B testing for their business
- Tough interview questions such as determining whether a new video recommendation algorithm has been better than the current one
- Performance metrics: Answer business questions, such as opportunity estimation and gap analysis
- Application of AUC-ROC, Accuracy, Precision, Recall, F-score, etc.
- Interview-relevant strategies: What questions to ask an interviewer? How to structure your solution?

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- Regression: Investigate the relationship between two variables
- Assumption of Linear Regression and common interview questions such as what if one of the assumptions doesn’t work?
- Least Square Estimator vs. Maximum Likelihood estimator: Under what conditions they are the same?
- Ridge Regression vs. Lasso Regression: Which regression can make a certain coefficient to exactly zero and how?
- Likelihood function: Measure how well observed data fits the assumed distribution
- Maximum Likelihood Estimation: A car speed on the highway follows a normal distribution: N(μ,25), After observing the n car speed, what is the MLE for μ?
- Expectation-Maximization: Understand it through the example of Gaussian Mixture Models
- Maximum a posteriori (MAP) and how it’s different from Maximum Likelihood Estimation

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- Defining the steps for data preprocessing with the help of intuitive examples
- Best practices of data type identification, data quality correction, feature engineering, dimensionality reduction
- Model training and the importance of training, validation, and test datasets
- Interview-focused concepts like objective functions and evaluation metrics are revisited to help understand the topic as a whole
- Optimization techniques like Gradient Descent, SGD, and Adam Optimizer with challenging questions
- Describing interview-focused Supervised Machine Learning Algorithms like Logistic Regression, Naive Bayes, kNN, and SVM
- Learn to break down problems with logistic regression and understand issues with logistic regression
- Limitations of Naive Bayes explaining why it is naive
- Visualizing the KNN algorithm in the context of classification and regression
- Graphically distinguishing between various cases for classification using the Support Vector Machine algorithm
- SVM kernel tricks and related interview questions
- Interview questions on kernel: Can it be used with KNN?
- The intuition behind the decision tree: how to arrive at a decision by asking a series of binary questions
- Building a decision tree from scratch
- Overfitting and underfitting in the context of machine learning algorithms
- Bagging vs. Boosting
- Interview Questions: Why random forest? Why is it random? Common problems with decision trees and random forest

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- Defining recommendation systems through examples from video streaming and online shopping
- Illustration of different approaches to build recommendation systems like collaborative filtering, content-based filtering, and hybrid approaches
- Drawbacks of item-based recommenders and why to use matrix factorization
- Singular Value Decomposition and other alternatives for SVD
- Classify the measure of similarity of data points by using Euclidean, Manhattan, and Cosine Similarity
- Explain clustering by describing Gene Expression and Image Segmentation
- Graphically depicting the K-Means Algorithm and how to choose the value of K
- Understand DBSCAN Graphically depicting the K-Means Algorithm and how to choose the value of K
- AN Algorithm and its parameters in detail and when it is preferred
- Interview questions based on the preference of K-Means and DBSCAN Algorithm
- Explore PCA and how to use it for Dimensionality Reduction
- Learn to compute principal components iteratively and by using eigenvalues and eigenvectors

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- Define Common Activation Function and the advantages of using CAF
- Neural network covering interview questions such as the strategy of trying learning rate, linear or logarithmic scale
- How do forward propagation and backward propagation work?
- Dense Neural Network (DNN) on image processes and advantage of using CNN over DNN
- Defining CNN Architecture: Kernels, Pattern Finding, and Feature Map
- Common interview questions on CNN
- Implementation of CNN using Tensorflow
- Learn Dropout: Is dropout used in the test dataset?
- Why RNN over N-gram models?
- RNN Architecture, backward propagation over time, covering interview questions such as: what is exploding vs. vanishing gradient? Does RNN suffer both?
- Bidirectional RNN (BiRNN) and Stacked RNN
- Advantages of using BiRNN
- How to go from Naive RNN to Long short-term memory (LSTM)
- LSTM architecture: Forget Gate, Input Gate, Intermediate Cells, and Update Cell
- Interview-relevant strategies: What is the interviewer expecting when they ask about LSTM basics?

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- Understand trends, seasonality, cyclic, and irregularity in time series data
- Importance of stationarity, Augmented Dicky Fuller (ADF) test, Interview Questions: What is the null hypothesis in the ADF test?
- Interview questions on AR, MA, and ARIMA such as the difference between ACF and PACF, how to find p,d,q in ARIMA
- Extension of ARIMA: SARIMA, SARIMAX, and their advantage
- How does Facebook Prophet work? Demonstrate Facebook Prophet
- Neural Prophet vs FB prophet.

Career Coaching

3 weeks

3 live classes

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Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems

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Batch Processing Concepts in-depth and Common Design Problems for FAANG+ interviews

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**Case Studies:**on APM, Social Connections, Netflix, Google Maps, Trending Topics, YouTube

Design real-time data-intensive applications like Google Maps, Netflix, etc.

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Interview Questions

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6 months

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Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems

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Batch Processing Concepts in-depth and Common Design Problems for FAANG+ interviews

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- Current or Former Data Scientists
- Software Engineers working on ML Models

We prepare you for all stages of a typical data science interview process at FAANG and Tier-1 companies

Easy to medium Leetcode problems or Python-based data manipulation, wrangling questions. SQL is often a part of these rounds.

- Questions related to your job experience
- Discussions on past projects
- Open-ended questions to gauge if you're a "good fit”

**1 Problem-Solving/Discussion Round:**Discussing past work experience, projects, and approach; questions based on statistics, coding, probability, and quantitative aptitude.

**1 Take-Home Assignment Round:**Some companies give a dataset and inference-based questions to judge your approach to the problem and deduction skills. The usual deadline is 24-48 hours.

**1-2 Domain Rounds:**Deep dive into Data Science fundamentals. Questions in these rounds typically focus on designing experiments to meet certain business goals, A/B testing, and ML algorithms.

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