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There are many great resources for learning data science and machine learning out there, but the one thing that might be missing is a live accounting of a non-technical individual learning these skills. This is by no means a perfect explanation of how to enter and win a Kaggle competition. The point is not to medal in competitions, but to learn how to use these tools. I decided working with real data in a competition would be the best way to learn. I have a little experience teaching myself Python over the last few years.