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Mathematical Statistics good for Computer Scientists?

  1. Aug 14, 2011 #1
    I am finished with the first bachelor year at Computer Science and the next courses are: Assembly, Linear Algebra, Statistics, Java. Many people from my class said that they will not take Statistics as it's not that helpful to them and I was thinking of how accurate that is. Is Statistics something that a Computer Scientist will use? Else I could just pick up an other course to replace Statistics.
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  3. Aug 14, 2011 #2
    I think it depends on what you are interested in. If you like computational physics, it will not be too bad to know statistics: Brownian motion and random walks.

    But knowing statistics in general is a good skill to have, I think at least.
  4. Aug 14, 2011 #3
    Everyone should know statistics. Take the course. ;)

    Also, Java? Blegh.
  5. Aug 14, 2011 #4
    There are a lot of areas in CS that require some very good statistical analysis. Neural networks, image processing, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence.... these are some things that come to my mind when I think CS and stats.
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