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Think Like a Data Scientist: Tackle the data science process step-by-step by Brian Godsey

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Chapter 7. Statistics and modeling: concepts and foundations

This chapter covers

  • Statistical modeling as a core concept in data science
  • Mathematics as a foundation of statistics
  • Other useful statistical methods such as clustering and machine learning

Figure 7.1 shows where we are in the data science process: statistical analysis of data. Statistical methods are often considered as nearly one half, or at least one third, of the skills and knowledge needed for doing good data science. The other large piece is software development and/or application, and the remaining, smaller piece is subject matter or domain expertise. Statistical theory and methods are hugely important to data science, but I’ve said relatively little about them so far ...

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