Is probability for Data Science important for university entrances abroad?

Asked by Anil Rajak almost 2 years ago

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Abhishek Ahluwalia

Abhishek Ahluwalia

CS Undergrad student || Machine Learning || AI Enthusiast

I wouldn’t say it's the most important thing in data science, but yeah, the probability for data science is important for university entrance abroad. You don’t actually have to master the subject if you are about to apply for a data science program abroad. The interview process during the admission basically does not consist of any deep technical questions.

Even if they do, it is mostly related to your background, not the data science course itself for which you are applying. Probability basically explains the change of any event or result to occur. It is used to strengthen the chances of a particular outcome. So automatically, it becomes an unimportant element of data science. Because scraping through millions of pieces of information is no easy task. You need probability principles to make results favorable.

Now all these things you get to learn in your course. While applying for the program, you only need basic information on Python language, SQL, and data libraries. No doubt it would be good if you had extra knowledge in advance, but it is not something recommended. You can apply for a data science course without any expertise in probability for data science.

The entrance procedures are mostly related to the documents you need to submit and the ones asked by the universities. If the university conducts an interview for admission, it is not your biggest concern. Your main focus should be on your SOP, LORs and Essays. Because the university will use these documents to assess you as a  whole. Slacking in preparation of these documents can cost you your enrollment.

Probability does play a significant role in subjects like data science and artificial intelligence. But it is mostly because of its mathematical principle to find values and measure the change of events & results. It doesn't have a separate specialization that gives you a career in probability in data science.


So to sum it up, yes, probability for data science is important but not really for university entrance procedure. You can manage your way in by omitting your focus on other important elements. All you need to do is have your documents ready and take required tests like GRE/GMAT and a language test. For the interview, just go through the basic topics like Python, SQL, linear regression and machine learning.


With that, you are all set to apply for a data science program abroad. If you are confused with anything, just leave a comment. I would be happy to help anytime possible.


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