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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

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!!

Sep 22, 2020

This course syllabus is great. It starts wonderfully. Week 1 to 4 is taught by Paul Bendich, and Daniel Egger the instruction is awesome. Effective way to refresh and add the Data Science math skills!

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By Muhammad A

Aug 18, 2020

My experience was phenomenal, although the syllabus was a bit difficult but i got the concepts.


Jun 30, 2020

Awesome course. A little more on probability will really help the students as well this course.

By Soravee N

May 24, 2020

Awesome course to review and refresh your math skills before studying on Data Science. Love it!

By 자손

Aug 26, 2018

This course is absolutely helpful for the beginner.

Really good to remind of my uni math class!

By Rajendra K

Jun 24, 2020

Learning of Basic Math skills is very much essentials for Data Science and it helped me a lot.

By Maria T C

May 23, 2020

The review was comprehensive. The latter part of the course really helped me a lot. Thank you!


Mar 29, 2018

This course was very good. Adding few advance topics like various distributions will help too.

By Steve T

Mar 20, 2017

Great course covering the fundamentals which I had largely forgotten (not used) since college.

By Sabyasachi C

Feb 10, 2021

Very very useful course to build the foundation in discrete maths, probability and statistics

By Karthick .

Apr 17, 2020

This course so good .I have learned so many things and it's very useful.coursera is the best.

By Alireza G

Aug 27, 2017

I was looking for such a course that particularity covers the Math required for Data Science.

By Blazej

Apr 2, 2017

Very condensed yet accessible material. Great invitation for further, more deep dive studies!

By Abhinav

Jul 17, 2020

This is very amazing course , I am very lucky that I join in this course.

Thank ! u, Coursera

By Leandro L

May 18, 2020

Very good basic maths course, useful to remember the basic concepts from pre-calculus times.

By Swastik A

Apr 25, 2020


In my engineering classes I have red these topics so it was really fun to exercise more

By 施捷

Dec 31, 2019

Two lecturers cooperated with each other quite well! And I enjoyed those real-life examples.


Feb 25, 2019

It is a very useful for learning basic mathematics which are required to learn data science.

By Ankita O

Nov 12, 2017

Excellent course with excellent examples and challenging test. Really enjoyed the course!!!!

By Aniket K P

May 30, 2020

Very Informative and Helpful for all the students...

Seen DataSkill into an another level...

By G D D 1

May 8, 2020

Topics very well explained with appropriate examples. The quiz really helped me to improve.

By Francisco A

May 10, 2019

Great introduction to the required math skills necessary to apply data science. Very useful

By Sai R K P

Jan 20, 2021

Excellent Course, Please add few topics on Probability with examples in relation to AI ML.

By Jenirose G

Sep 30, 2020

Thank you for this opportunity that I've learned more about math skills. Very interesting.

By Nicco H

Apr 3, 2020

I learned a lot in this course. The assessments are challenging at the same time exciting.

By Bharat S

Jun 23, 2019

Very informative and engaging course. Examples are very thought provoking. Thanks a bunch.