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Data Science Methodology

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  • IBM via Coursera
  • Learn for FREE, Up-gradable
  • 10 hours of effort required
  • 124,827 + already enrolled!
  • 4.6 ★★★★★ (15,251 Ratings)
  • Skill Level: Beginner 
  • Language: English

Despite the recent increase in computing power and access to data over the last couple of decades, our ability to use the data within the decision making process is either lost or not maximized at all too often, we don’t have a solid understanding of the questions being asked and how to apply the data correctly to the problem at hand. This course has one purpose, and that is to share a methodology that can be used within data science, to ensure that the data used in problem solving is relevant and properly manipulated to address the question at hand. Accordingly, in this course, you will learn:

  • The major steps involved in tackling a data science problem.
  • The major steps involved in practicing data science, from forming a concrete business or research problem, to collecting and analyzing data, to building a model, and understanding the feedback after model deployment.
  • How data scientists think!


This course is part of multiple programs

This course can be applied to multiple Specializations or Professional Certificates programs.

Completing this course will count towards your learning in any of the following programs:

  • Introduction to Data Science Specialization
  • IBM Data Science Professional Certificate


WEEK 1: From Problem to Approach and From Requirements to Collection

  • 4 hours to complete

In this module, you will learn about why we are interested in data science, what a methodology is, and why data scientists need a methodology. You will also learn about the data science methodology and its flowchart. You will learn about the first two stages of the data science methodology, namely Business Understanding and Analytic Approach. Finally, through a lab session, you will also obtain how to complete the Business Understanding and the Analytic Approach stages and the Data Requirements and Data Collection stages pertaining to any data science problem.

WEEK 2: From Understanding to Preparation and From Modeling to Evaluation

  • 4 hours to complete

In this module, you will learn what it means to understand data, and prepare or clean data. You will also learn about the purpose of data modeling and some characteristics of the modeling process. Finally, through a lab session, you will learn how to complete the Data Understanding and the Data Preparation stages, as well as the Modeling and the Model Evaluation stages pertaining to any data science problem.

WEEK 3: From Deployment to Feedback

  • 2 hours to complete

In this module, you will learn about what happens when a model is deployed and why model feedback is important. Also, by completing a peer-reviewed assignment, you will demonstrate your understanding of the data science methodology by applying it to a problem that you define.

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