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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


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!


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.

Thank you for a great class!!

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By Sampath k R

Aug 11, 2020

Excellent course I enjoined. I looking forward this type course. Thank you

By guryash d

Apr 24, 2020

Great course to upgrade your Mathematical skills required for Data Science

By Kameron B

Sep 23, 2021

The last module could benefit from a few more examples. Otherwise, great!

By Aditi M

Sep 20, 2017

The second half of Week 4 was good. Rest of the weeks were pretty simple.


Oct 21, 2022

Muy bueno, la parte de probabilidad podria tener mas ejemplos numericos

By A F

Nov 26, 2020

I think the explanations in the probability lessons are a bit too brief.

By Syed F

Aug 17, 2020

It's great for brushing up on your Statistics and Probability knowledge.

By Hangxiao Z

May 19, 2020

The first three weeks are too simple, while the fourth week is too hard.

By Murray F

Jan 16, 2018

The guys are clearly very well across their stuff but don't act like it.

By Melissa K

Jul 24, 2020

Very helpful overview of basic math skills. Great refresher in general.

By victoria n

Jul 15, 2020

great for reviewing if you already knew material but needed a refresher


Dec 27, 2019

Curso que aborda de forma breve mas muito eficiente o conteúdo proposto

By Sarah C

Jun 24, 2019

first 3 weeks very good. the 4th week, on probablity, is very confusing

By Thiago L

Jun 2, 2017

The course is pretty good! It would be better if it had more exercises.

By Snehalatha M

Aug 9, 2022

A good insight to basic math skills.

Expected learning on Data Science.

By Khush P

May 9, 2020

i like the teaching and quizzes as it helps up during problem solving.

By Augustine Y

Dec 30, 2018

Introduction to the basic knowledge preparation of college level math.

By Dota 2 P

Oct 2, 2022

very nice course , i enjoyed it so much. However i didn't like week 4

By Prem K

Jun 12, 2021

Really liked the questions related to probability, nice brain teaser.

By Ravi B L

May 14, 2021

Superb course which introduces the basic math skills for data science

By Deleted A

Jun 26, 2020

Last Weeks concepts are good but not great, everything else was great

By Rujuta R

Jun 16, 2020

Great Course with great instructor and Sufficient difficulty level...

By Shirish G

Jun 10, 2020

Week 4 was difficult. Please provide solutions of week 4 graded quiz.

By Jesús M

Mar 6, 2023

In summary, this course covers the necessary tools for data science.

By James M S

Apr 6, 2020

Re-shoot the videos and re-word the quizzes and this can be a 5 star