Probability - The Science of Uncertainty and Data

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Probability – The Science of Uncertainty and Data

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Probability – The Science of Uncertainty and Data
The course Probability – The Science of Uncertainty and Data is an online class provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology through edX. The skill level of the course is Advanced. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Build foundational knowledge of data science with this introduction to probabilistic models, including random processes and the basic elements of statistical inference — Course 1 of 4 in the MITx MicroMasters program in Statistics and Data Science.
Course description
The world is full of uncertainty: accidents, storms, unruly financial markets, noisy communications. The world is also full of data. Probabilistic modeling and the related field of statistical inference are the keys to analyzing data and making scientifically sound predictions.Probabilistic models use the language of mathematics. But instead of relying on the traditional “theorem-proof” format, we develop the material in an intuitive — but still rigorous and mathematically-precise — manner. Furthermore, while the applications are multiple and evident, we emphasize the basic concepts and methodologies that are universally applicable.The course covers all of the basic probability concepts, including:multiple discrete or continuous random variables, expectations, and conditional distributionslaws of large numbersthe main tools of Bayesian inference methodsan introduction to random processes (Poisson processes and Markov chains)The contents of this course are heavily based upon the corresponding MIT class —  Introduction to Probability — a course that has been offered and continuously refined over more than 50 years.  It is a challenging class but will enable you to apply the tools of probability theory to real-world applications or to your research.This course is part of the MITx MicroMasters Program in Statistics and Data Science. Master the skills needed to be an informed and effective practitioner of data science. You will complete this course and three others from MITx, at a similar pace and level of rigor as an on-campus course at MIT, and then take a virtually-proctored exam to earn your MicroMasters, an academic credential that will demonstrate your proficiency in data science or accelerate your path towards an MIT PhD or a Master’s at other universities. To learn more about this program, please visit

Prerequisites & Facts

Probability – The Science of Uncertainty and Data

Course Topic

Computer Science, Data Analysis and Statistics, Math

University, College, Institution

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



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Probability – The Science of Uncertainty and Data

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School: MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Topic: Computer Science, Data Analysis and Statistics, Math
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