For Data Scientists, Math Skills Are Not Enough

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), which is launching a degree in data science, wants to teach students a wide panoply of skills, said Professor Shlomo Argamon, professor of computer science and director of the masters program in data science. Those skills include statistical theory, programming, the ability to build data models and ability to work with systems that can process large amounts of data. Data scientists also need the communication skills to give talks with clients to help them understand the needs at the beginning of a project and present results at the end, he said.

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