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Data Science for Business: Interview with NYU Stern’s Foster Provost

Interesting article. I have the same point of view, had the same problem and did the same thing:  

Provost noticed during his data classes that there weren’t any books he could recommend to his MBA students that taught the fundamental principles. They were either too granular and focused on the math, or else too high-level. Provost stopped using a book altogether and started writing class notes, eventually compiling them into a book.

My book will be available in March 2014. Here's the link to Provost's book.

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Here's the interview:

As a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Provost noticed during his data classes that there weren’t any books he could recommend to his MBA students that taught the fundamental principles. They were either too granular and focused on the math, or else too high-level. Provost stopped using a book altogether and started writing class notes, eventually compiling them into a book with former colleague Tom Fawcett. Data Science for Business goes beyond this note-taking, designed to equip business executives with the knowledge they need to manage data scientists, gather data, and extract value from it.

We had the opportunity to engage in a discussion with Foster Provost about the value of sharing data knowledge across an organization, leveraging data as a strategic asset, and privacy implications, among other points. He also took us through a crash course on some of the fundamental concepts behind data science. What follows is an edited version of our transcripted conversation.

Read full interview at http://www.nycmedialab.org/blog/2014/01/data-science-for-business/

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