Data 8 FAQs
Is Data 8(link is external)(link is external) a computer science class, a statistics class, or something else?
Both, and more. Data 8 lets students get a fundamental understanding of key computational and statistical concepts and practices by working hands-on with real data. It weaves together these disciplines and their implications in a powerful and interesting way. More of the topics come from statistics than from computer science. Some of these topics are quite different from what appears in a typical introductory course from either discipline.
Who takes Data 8? Who does well in it?
Students from a wide range of majors in every College. It’s not just for “technical” or “non-technical” people.
Does Data 8 have prerequisites?
No. The course is designed for students who are new to statistics and programming, although students with experience in one or the other definitely still say they learn a lot.
Does Data 8 depend on any previous background in statistics?
No. Data 8 teaches statistics differently from most high school or college courses.
Does Data 8 depend on any previous experience with computer programming?
No. About half the students in Data 8 typically say they have no or very limited programming skills.
What programming language is Data 8 taught in?
If I want more background in programming, can I take another course as well?
Yes, you can also take CS 10, CS 61A, or programming courses elsewhere or online. We’re sometimes able to offer a summer course CS/STAT C8R that may help students who want additional time and practice before Data 8.
Who designed Data 8? Who teaches it?
Data 8 was designed by a multidisciplinary team of Berkeley faculty. It is taught by different faculty in different semesters.
How can I learn more about Data 8?
- Visit data8.org(link is external)(link is external). All the course materials are online.