It is a common misconception that only those with a PhD or geniuses can understand the math/programming behind data science. This is absolutely false. Understanding data science begins with three basic areas:

**Math/statistics**: This is the use of equations and formulas to perform analysis**Computer programming**: This is the ability to use code to create outcomes on the computer**Domain knowledge**: This refers to understanding the problem domain (medicine, finance, social science, and so on)

The following Venn diagram provides a visual representation of how the three areas of data science intersect:

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