Given the growing popularity of business intelligence and analytics as focuses of new academic programs, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that data science is now beginning to show up on the university radar as well.

This fall, prestigious Columbia University in New York City is offering a course entitled “Introduction to Data Science,” taught by a team under the direction of Google Statistician and Columbia Assistant Professor Rachel Schutt. The class is an outgrowth of the recently-created Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, a joint initiative between Columbia and New York City.

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