Data science is the study of data. Its aim is to understand how to read and extract information from both structured and unstructured data. It combines statistics, data analysis, and machine learning to capture and decipher real-world facts with the use of computers and software. As such, it involves a strong familiarity with mathematics, computer science, and information theory; and it applies these to better understand real-world statistics.
The core topics introduce the field of data science and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:
The student is expected to be a competent computer scientist, mathematician, physicist, or engineer with computer programming expertise before commencing their studies in data science.
Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:
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