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What is Data Science? > IBM

What is Data Science? > IBM

Presented by: Alex Aklson and Rav Ahuja
This introductory course provides a basic overview of Data Science today.
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The art of uncovering the insights and trends in data has been around since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians used census data to increase efficiency in tax collection and they accurately predicted the flooding of the Nile river every year. Since then, people working in data science have carved out a unique and distinct field for the work they do. This field is data science. In this course, we will meet some data science practitioners and we will get an overview of what data science is today.

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Alex Aklson, Ph.D., is a data scientist in the Digital Business Group at IBM Canada. Alex has been intensively involved in many exciting data science projects such as designing a smart system that could detect the onset of dementia in older adults using longitudinal trajectories of walking speed and home activity. Before joining IBM, Alex worked as a data scientist at Datascope Analytics, a data science consulting firm in Chicago, IL, where he designed solutions and products using a human-centred, data-driven approach. Alex received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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Rav Ahuja is a Global Program Director at IBM. Rav leads growth strategy, curriculum creation, and partner programs for the IBM Skills Network. He is the architect for the IBM Data Science Professional Certificate and instructor for the Databases & SQL for Data Science course on Coursera. Rav co-founded Cognitive Class, an IBM led initiative to democratize skills for in demand technologies. He is based out of the IBM Canada Lab in Toronto and specializes in instructional solutions for AI, Data Science, Cloud and Blockchain. Rav presents at events worldwide and has authored numerous papers, articles, books and courses on subjects in managing and analyzing data. Rav holds B. Eng. from McGill University and MBA from University of Western Ontario.

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Week 1 – Defining Data Science and What Data Scientists Do
2 hours to complete

In this module, you will view the course syllabus to learn what will be taught in this course. You will hear from data science professionals to discover what data science is, what data scientists do, and what tools and algorithms data scientists use on a daily basis. Finally, you will complete a reading assignment to find out why data science is considered the sexiest job in the 21st century.

8 videos (Total 27 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes

Week 2 – Data Science Topics
3 hours to complete

In this module, you will hear from Norman White, the Faculty Director of the Stern Centre for Research Computing at New York University, as he talks about data science and the skills required for anyone interested in pursuing a career in this field. He also advises those looking to start a career in data science. Finally, you will complete reading assignments to learn about the process of mining a given dataset and about regression analysis.
8 videos (Total 39 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes.

Week 3 – Data Science in Business
4 hours to complete

In this module, you will learn about the approaches companies can take to start working with data science. You will learn about some of the qualities that differentiate data scientists from other professionals. You will also learn about analytics, story-telling, and the pivotal role data scientists play in creating an effective final deliverable. Finally, you will apply what you learned about data science by answering open-ended questions.
7 videos (Total 32 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes.

Cost: FREE to Register

Duration: 9

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