Before you ask for help with your data science code

If you are going to ask busy data science folks for help, please make it efficient.

Do not post questions if you cannot say YES to all these questions:

  1. Did I post the exact error? If it is error related, please don’t make us ask for this. Pasted error text is 10x better than screenshot (you can search easily). But a screenshot is 100x times better than nothing.
  2. Did I post an example of my data? Post a whole row (with col names) of key data frames if at all possible.
  3. Did I share enough code? Screenshots of code are generally NOT helpful .You can paste larger blocks to https://gist.github.com/ , https://pastebin.com , etc.
  4. Did I explain *why* I’m trying to do this? Others can only really help you if you state your upstream goal(s). Sometimes your assumptions are wrong, you should be doing it all a different way, so the immediate question is not relevant. Ideally, state your sub-goals up multiple levels of whys.

Thanks :)

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