NYU launches degree in data science

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New York University said it will begin training people to help meet pharma and other companies' Big Data needs. It's forming a Center for Data Science, plus a master's-level degree program to prepare the next generation of data professionals.

“The way we are going to do science in the next decade will greatly expand the way we've done it so far,” said Yann LeCun, director of the new center. “We currently collect huge data sets in the physical sciences, life sciences and social sciences. More and more, we need to know how to derive knowledge from them.”

Professionals with this core competency are in high demand. “There is no program anywhere in the country that educates people with this kind of combination of expertise,” LeCun said.

Taught by faculty from across the university, classes are set to commence this fall. The center's two-year master's graduate degree program began accepting applications in February.

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