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Machine learning or algorithm design

  1. Jul 1, 2015 #1
    HI everyone. I was just wondering about a career in the IT (I study communication systems engineering, but I'm rather interested in coding, rather than Internet and communcation systems- related stuff). I wanted to ask you, given the advances that technology is making, which skills would be better to "specialise in", to write in a CV? Machine learning or algorithm design between the two? Which would be potentially seen by better by employers? Thanks :)
    PS. I've also read that game theory will be used much in the future. Is it a good deal?
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  3. Jul 1, 2015 #2
    Industry employers are not usually interested in specific courses. However, algorithm design is more broadly applicable.
  4. Jul 1, 2015 #3
    What do you mean with : are not interested in specific courses sorry?
    Thanks for the reply anyway :)
  5. Jul 1, 2015 #4
    Employers care about the value an applicant can bring to the job. Listing a particular course on a resume doesn't tell me much other than you took that course. Every applicant will have taken courses in an academic institution. What I'm more interested in is what you've done. There's a disconnect between academia and industry.

    The two courses you mentioned are taken by most computer science students. In fact, I'm unaware of any computer science degree that does not require an algorithms course. It's the heart of computer science. My point is that it doesn't help you stand out.
  6. Jul 2, 2015 #5
    Oh...now I understand. I was just reading that many businesses will require machine learning in the future for some stuff, like controlling emails and spam, and so on...that s why I asked whether it can be helpful or not, to have it in a curriculum
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