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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Data Science Math Skills by Duke University

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About the Course

Data science courses contain math—no avoiding that! This course is designed to teach learners the basic math you will need in order to be successful in almost any data science math course and was created for learners who have basic math skills but may not have taken algebra or pre-calculus. Data Science Math Skills introduces the core math that data science is built upon, with no extra complexity, introducing unfamiliar ideas and math symbols one-at-a-time. Learners who complete this course will master the vocabulary, notation, concepts, and algebra rules that all data scientists must know before moving on to more advanced material. Topics include: ~Set theory, including Venn diagrams ~Properties of the real number line ~Interval notation and algebra with inequalities ~Uses for summation and Sigma notation ~Math on the Cartesian (x,y) plane, slope and distance formulas ~Graphing and describing functions and their inverses on the x-y plane, ~The concept of instantaneous rate of change and tangent lines to a curve ~Exponents, logarithms, and the natural log function. ~Probability theory, including Bayes’ theorem. While this course is intended as a general introduction to the math skills needed for data science, it can be considered a prerequisite for learners interested in the course, "Mastering Data Analysis in Excel," which is part of the Excel to MySQL Data Science Specialization. Learners who master Data Science Math Skills will be fully prepared for success with the more advanced math concepts introduced in "Mastering Data Analysis in Excel." Good luck and we hope you enjoy the course!...

Top reviews

Jan 11, 2019

Effective way to refresh and add the Data Science math skills! Thanks a lot! At the time of the study some of the quizzes content were not rendering correctly on mobile devices (both iPad and Android)

May 5, 2020

This was mostly review for me though probability especially Beyes Theorem derivation was new. The instructors provided clear often refreshing ways to look at material.\n\nThank you for a great class!!

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Sep 22, 2020

We need a more practical example to increase understanding. But, indeed, thank you for the knowledge so far.

By Sajjini V

Jun 6, 2020

The lectures were very precise and moves from easy to hard across the module. I highly recommend the course.

By Toan L T

Jun 26, 2018

Great course. Help me to refresh my knowledge on basic maths which is necessary for my following study plan.

By Suhaib K

May 19, 2021

A must-have for ML/ DS; and the way things are explained is exceptional and notes sprinkles sweets on it :)

By Chris K

May 10, 2021

Great course. Really needed it. Could have used more practice problems, but otherwise, excellent work guys.

By Victor H L

May 24, 2020

The course is great, the fourth week will test your probability concepts, so practice carefully and slowly.

By Pawan K Y

Apr 3, 2020

Instructor videos can be improved a lot by providing more examples.

The reading material should be improved.

By Vijay R

Nov 13, 2017

Very easy to understand explained clearly by the professors. Suited for anyone with 12th grade math skills.

By anil k

Sep 25, 2020

good content to revise our data science math concepts. thanks to everyone to make such a wonderful course.

By Andrey M

Jul 4, 2020

Thank you so much for present course. This course helped me refresh the probability knowledge in my brain.

By احمد ع

May 15, 2020

This course was great, but in the module of probability, there is a big gap between videos and questions .

By Priya P

May 6, 2020

Very good course. Gained lot of information about data science and math skills. Seminar sessions was good.

By Daniel C

Oct 15, 2018

Great course! I would recommend this course to get familiar with data science basic terms and definitions.

By Kristen D

Aug 22, 2020

Loved both of these professors the work was challenging but accessible - the practice quizzes help a ton!

By Guilherme F D

Aug 3, 2020

Gostei muito da forma que o material foi apresentado, com vários exemplos e explicações diretas e claras.

By Ronik G

Jul 29, 2020

One of the best courses offered by Duke University, USA in collaboration with Coursera's online platform.


Jul 16, 2020

This Course very helpful,in my maths data improve ,and learn science maths knowledge , skills


By Shubhang B

Jun 16, 2020

It was an awesome experience and was also a prerequisite for machine learning. Helped a lot.

Thanks a lot.

By Hema S C

Jun 3, 2020

This is quite good and very much useful to me. Especially probability topic,it is quite useful. Thankyou.

By muhammad f a

Apr 22, 2021

Very detail and educating but if I can make a suggestion please increase the problem examples. thank you

By Pedro S

May 14, 2020

I just believe that there was a discrepancy between the videos and the last quiz, but is a great course.

By Touseef

Apr 8, 2020

If we get more examples on probability section, it Will be helpful to understand the concept much deeper

By Wanling R

Nov 29, 2017

Generally it's good, the basic skills are coupled with real life examples, which makes the skills useful

By oluebubechi o

Jun 12, 2021

It's a great course and it is one which will help you on your journey to becoming a good data scientist

By Michelangelo F

Jun 19, 2020

Excellent course !!! All video companions are complete and very informative. Education quality awesome.