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which mathematic topics should I be familiar with to to do data science?

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Worried I am wasting my time. For the last 15 plus years I have been working in the area of SDLC QA Testing of SAP implementation projects. But I have no degree and this has closed a lot of doors. I also have never taken any algebra classes in high school. To keep working in the SDLC QA Testing area I feel I need to add to my skill set. I would like to learn SQL and maybe Python but am a bit apprehensive on my ability to complete the courses. I am working on a few online pre-algebra courses, one being the edX.org course. I am retired and disabled from the Navy so the VA vocational rehabilitation will help but I do not want to start something I cannot finish?

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Hi maverick75020,

Mostly topics like Linear algebra, Calculus, Probability theory and Statistics form what I’ve researched.

I don’t know the answer to your question, but what I will share is that I also don’t have much experience of higher maths functions like algebra, calculus or statistics, but I’m going to still give this a go!

A friend of mine who has a computer science degree shared with me that they don’t feel they have the best maths brain, but that their biggest asset is their ability to google something and ask for help until they understand something well enough to get by. That’s the energy I’m taking with me into this data science journey!

Been years since you posted this - how did you get on with the course in the end? Did you stick with it? Any advice?

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Hey Sol.hallam, I I just started taking the course and was wondering how much math there was? I only took statistics in high school and don’t know if I will be able to understand it the course also do you have any tips or advice?