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What undergraduate degree should I take to get into data science?

If you can manage it, I suggest focusing more on Statistics. Statistics can be a demanding field, and takes a lot of effort to attain a degree. Of course, a Data Scientist also needs several skills ...
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What is most likely the bare minimum knowledge one has to have to become data scientist?

Just a few thoughts which aren't covered in the link I pasted above ... Big data != data science. If you are a data scientist you may or may not be using big data tools. Your question wasn't clear ...
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What is most likely the bare minimum knowledge one has to have to become data scientist?

From personal experience (so take into consider that I might not be representative although I'm probably not that far away too) the people that approached me with a job offer for Data Scientist ...
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What undergraduate degree should I take to get into data science?

Think about the future. Software development. Even though now you can get away with average programming skills in the future more and more of what now is machine learning and data science will be ...
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Is deep learning a must in a Data Science MSc programme?

No, it's not problematic. Most data scientists do not need or use deep learning. Deep learning is very popular right now, but that does not mean it's widely used. Deep learning can lead to substantial ...
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What do you think of Data Science certifications?

It really depends on the credibility of the institution granting the certificate. For example, Data Science Certification from a Harvard-based company is recognized by many industry partners and may ...
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What do you think of Data Science certifications?

The best way to be successful at getting the job that you want it to show that you can do it. The MOOCs that you mention will give you a good grounding in the basics and should be enough to get you ...
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What do you think of Data Science certifications?

I am almost done with Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization on Coursera (A course and a capstone left to graduate). I will just give you the pros and cons of it, trying to keep it as objective as ...
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What do you think of Data Science certifications?

I think the effect of the certification from coursera is dependent on the individual as well as the classes. The requirement says min 3-5 hours a week, if you put more, and the material do open up for ...
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Can i pursue a career in data science with a business analytics degree?

This depends a lot on you, your ability to apply your knowledge of statistics, computer science and mathematics to abstract problems and also your problem solving intuition and prowess. A great many ...
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Can i pursue a career in data science with a business analytics degree?

You can. Nobody is going to demand a degree, but they will expect you to pass the interviews. I would recommend creating a blog and do some Kaggle competitions to show off your skills. I would also ...
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Can you recommend a machine learning challenge that is suitable for novices?

You've already answered yourself by tagging kaggle. Let me share the two competitions that I have every new hire in my team go through- and then have them keep ...
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Which is better for Data Science, a double major in Math & CS or Physics & CS?

My background is Physics undergrad, Physics grad, now in industry. Some advice off the top of my head: If you can push top 10%, do it (always do your best). Don't be surprised when jobs in ...
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Can an applied mathematics degree get you into data science?

I'm a student of Applied Mathematics, who is working in the field of Machine Learning. Yes, studying Applied Mathematics will definitely help you, when you pursue Data Science. However, when you're ...
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What undergraduate degree should I take to get into data science?

Bachelor of Information Technology. Speaking as an Australian whose Bachelor degree involved programming but wasn't labelled "Information Technology", I would strongly recommend getting an ...
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How can I get students to stick with data science?

I have not tried this yet, but I have decided to try it on a friend who is a software engineer. He is so used to picking up skills on the fly and I am concerned he will lose interest since data ...
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Can you recommend a machine learning challenge that is suitable for novices?

Let me share my list of ML training resources: http://www.crowdanalytix.com/listContests http://datahack.analyticsvidhya.com/contest/all/ http://www.chalearn.org/challenges.html (some links may be ...
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Can you recommend a machine learning challenge that is suitable for novices?

I would highly recommend the platform - https://datahack.analyticsvidhya.com/contest/all/ AnalyticsVidhya is an amazing community for data science. Not only contests, but they also have technical ...
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How many people can use a single Hadoop cluster at one time?

The bottleneck depends on the use pattern rather than the direct number of users. If people are doing high I/O workloads, then you wont get many people on at all. Whereas if you are doing small ...
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How many people can use a single Hadoop cluster at one time?

For initial learning you could very easily do proof of concept work against individual VMs (a 4GB VM with a pseudo cluster is enough to do basic mapreduce examples in). If you're going to use Spark I ...
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What do you think of Data Science certifications?

Some resources on edX for data science courses from Harvard, MIT, Microsoft and more that might be of interest to this group. For example, we have a professional certificate program from Harvard ...
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What do you think of Data Science certifications?

Value to student, mixed bag. Paying several hundred dollars for a program or a hundred a pop for a course is a motivator. I've completed one series, from MITx. It's a graduate survey course of ...
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Help on designing data science curriculum from "traditional" offerings

My advice to you is to find out exactly what Data Scientist do day to day and take courses on the fundamentals of those specified activities. Try and find articles and blog post like this one: What ...
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Help on designing data science curriculum from "traditional" offerings

Of the traditional majors, I think computer science + statistics is the most obvious. You can substitute applied mathematics or even physics for the statistics major, if you want. Always keep the ...
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Spark DataFrame courses

edX offers some spark courses. Try the following: https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-apache-spark-uc-berkeleyx-cs105x?gclid=CjwKEAjwm8-6BRDgnb-...
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