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Data Science seeks to draw useful information from large data sets, be they numerical, textual, or visual. It is an amalgam of statistical and machine learning, of data mining and data visualization techniques.
The Harvard Business Review asserts that data scientist will be the sexiest job of the twenty-first century. McKinsey & Company predict a shortage of 175,000 big data professionals by the year 2018.
Applications of data science include...
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