Written by renowned data science experts Foster Provost and Tom Fawcett, Data Science for Business introduces the fundamental principles of data science, and walks you through the "e;data-analytic thinking"e; necessary for extracting useful knowledge and business value from the data you collect. This guide also helps you understand the many data-mining techniques in use today.Based on an MBA course Provost has taught at New York University over the past ten years, Data Science for Business provides examples of real-world business problems to illustrate these principles. Youll not only learn how to improve communication between business stakeholders and data scientists, but also how participate intelligently in your companys data science projects. Youll also discover how to think data-analytically, and fully appreciate how data science methods can support business decision-making.Understand how data science fits in your organizationand how you can use it for competitive advantageTreat data as a business asset that requires careful investment if youre to gain real valueApproach business problems data-analytically, using the data-mining process to gather good data in the most appropriate wayLearn general concepts for actually extracting knowledge from dataApply data science principles when interviewing data science job candidates
Tom Fawcett holds a Ph.D. in machine learning and has worked in industry R&D for more than two decades for companies such as GTE Laboratories, NYNEX/Verizon Labs, and HP Labs. His published work has become standard reading in data science both on methodology (evaluating data mining results) and on applications (fraud detection and spam filtering).