UC Berkeley pilots data science class

From the backlogs of history books to the latest Yak, the world is full of data, and for those who can read the patterns, possibilities for analyzing human behavior abound. UC Berkeley is piloting a class this fall that faculty say will teach students how to engage with this information in a digitized world, where data are increasingly ubiquitous. The new four-unit course, “Foundations of Data Science” — cross-listed as Statistics 94 and Computer Science 94 — combines introductory statistics and computational concepts with hands-on work involving hard data that brings “real-world relevance,” according to the program’s website. The course is a part of the new Data Science Education Program, a project that was initiated last year in response to strong student interest in learning programming and statistics. “We are surrounded by vast amounts…


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