Once again this fall, Dr. Rachel Schutt will be teaching Introduction to Data Science at Columbia University. Dr. Kayur Patel, a computer scientist at Google, will also be aiding in the teaching of the course. Like last year, a blog will be maintained for the course. The blog is worth following as it contains tons of great data science information. For example, here is the definition of data science used for the course.
study of the space of problems that can be solved with data
The course has already started this fall, so you have a few posts to read in order to catch up.
The Institute for Data Science and Engineering at Columbia University has released their first academic offering. It is a certificate program titled, Certification of Professional Achievement in Data Sciences. The certificate program consists of 4 courses:
- Algorithms for Data Science
- Probability & Statistics
- Machine Learning for Data Science
- Exploratory Data Analysis and Visualization
Columbia is currently accepting applications for the Fall of 2013. Unfortunately, the program will not initially be offered online.
Also, Columbia is planning to start a new master’s degree in data science sometime in 2014. A PhD program is supposed to come sometime after that. Some of the future programs will also be available online. Combined with the data science program at NYU, New York City is becoming a premiere academic location for learning data science.
This spring Columbia University is offering another course on Data Science. This one is targeted at introductory graduate students in math, and it is not intended to be an advanced machine learning course. The goal is to expose people with strong mathematical skill to some of the ideas from software development and machine learning without sacrificing the statistical theory. The course is title, Columbia Applied Data Science. The link for lecture notes(PDF) provides a great tutorial for beginning topics in data science. The lecture notes are currently still under development.
I just recently (yesterday) found out that Columbia University is offering a Data Science course. Dr. Rachel Schutt of the Department of Statistics is teaching the course. She is also blogging some of the course material. Sorry, I could not find any video lectures. However, Cathy O’Neil is sitting in on the course and will be blogging some of the material. You can see more at Cathy’s popular blog titled mathbabe.
New York City and Columbia University just announced plans to launch the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. The plan is to add 44,000 new square feet of space for labs and other resources. Also, 75 new faculty members are slated to be added in the next 15 years. The following are the proposed main research focus areas:
- New Media
- Financial Data
New York is becoming one of the top places in the world for data companies, and this announcement only strengthens that case.
See more at the Columbia Engineering site. The announcement and the new leadership of the Institute.