Students and parents frequently ask us about the relationship between AI and the mathematics courses that students take during middle school and high school. In this blog, we address one specific question - the relationship between AP Statistics and Data Science. This blog will hopefully help students, teachers and parents as they navigate learning and teaching these two important and interrelated topics.
What is AP Statistics?
According to the College Board: "AP Statistics is an introductory college-level statistics course that introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students cultivate their understanding of statistics using technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they explore concepts like variation and distribution; patterns and uncertainty; and data-based predictions, decisions, and conclusions." Put another way, AP statistics is a college level introduction to Statistics and how Statistics is used to gather, analyze, interpret, present, and draw conclusions from data.
What is the relationship between Statistics (including AP Statistics) and Data Science?
Data Science is the field of analyzing, interpreting and generating insights from data. Data Science frequently uses statistical methods and principles to ensure data quality, analyze data and prepare data for training AI algorithms. Data Science also uses statistics to interpret and present data (a process called Data Storytelling). Data Science also frequently combines statistical techniques that are domain agnostic (the same independent of the domain) with knowledge that is domain specific. For example - Data Science for Healthcare may use knowledge of diseases to select which data elements to study, and then use standard statistical methods to study those elements.
Can AP Statistics help me understand Data Science and AI?
Yes. AP Statistics can help you understand how to think about data, including how to analyze and interpret data. AP Statistics also covers topics like Least Squares Regression, which is a simple method for making predictions based on data. You do not need to study AP Statistics before learning Data Science, but the two can help each other - in any order.
Does learning Data Science and AI help me with AP Statistics?
Yes. In our Data Science courses at AIClub, we often cover the introductory concepts that are part of the AP Statistics curriculum. Learning Data Science will also better help you understand the practical applications of the statistics concepts.
I am a Middle School or High School student. Where can I learn Data Science?