Data Science for all!! Sure! But when, where, how, and why?

Richard DeVeaux, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Williams College


With all the hype about data science and the pressure from university administrators to teach it, it's tempting to dive headfirst into the data science pool. But maybe we should first check the water temperature, or see if in fact, there's any water there at all. How much of the data science tools should we teach in the first course? The group at the Park City Math Institute wrote some preliminary guidelines for undergraduate data science curricula. We'll examine their recommendations and talk about how the introductory course in statistics fits into the program.