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Introduction to Data Science

So what is data science and why is it so topical? Is it just another fad that will fade away after the hype? We will start with a simple introduction to data science, defining what it is, why it matters, and why now. This chapter highlights the data science process with guidelines and best practices. It introduces some of the most commonly used techniques and algorithms in data science. And it explores ensemble models, a key technology on the cutting edge of data science.

What Is Data Science?

Data science is the practice of obtaining useful insights from data. Although it also applies to small data, data ...

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