3, 2, 1 Start!
In November, together with four other Young Graduates, the new Möbius generation, I was given the opportunity to follow a three-day course on R. We were guided through this deep plunge into a new programming language and software environment by Möbius’s tooling & analytics expert, Jeroen Colin. This course is just one of the many initiatives launched by Möbius in its pursuit of excellence in data analytics.
As I was relatively inexperienced in programming, I was expecting this to be quite an adventure. And I was right. On day one, we went over the basics of programming, which was more familiar to some people (i.e. Mr Gielkens) than others, before getting to grips with R. The next morning, a bit groggy from the information overload and a night spent dreaming about R, I was ready for day two, and eager to immerse myself in R. Precise, thorough explanations from Jeroen were interspersed with exercises. I was beginning to get the hang of this programming business.
On the third and final day of the course, it was high time to put all this theory into practice. Jeroen suggested several projects, giving us space to take our own initiatives. Everyone was in doubt as there were so many educational and fun options to choose from. We wanted to do them all! We deliberated: should we each take on a different project or work together on the same project with all four of us? Under the motto ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ we decided to pick one project and do it as a team. We decided to immerse ourselves in the data published on the city of Ghent’s website on parking in the city.