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What is Data Science?

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Data science is the creation and application of powerful new methods to collect, curate, analyze, and make discoveries from large-scale data.

Big data often refers to the massive amounts of complex information that are difficult to manipulate and understand using traditional processing methods. Data science is focused on the concepts, methods, and applications for extracting meaning from big data—it has become one of the emerging disciplines of the 21st century.

Although we have the tools to access huge amounts of information, we now need to develop and wield new and better ones to lead us to optimized decisions in almost any human endeavor. In doing so, we can better understand and, ideally, solve some of the greatest challenges facing the world today in medicine and health, energy and the environment, economics and politics, and many other areas.

Today, the digital revolution is creating unforeseen new opportunities, especially for those whose decision-making most expertly taps the vast information resources at our disposal. The possibilities are huge as data science transforms science, business, and our everyday lives.

Rochester researchers are using data science to further their work in health analytics, cognitive science, and artificial development, and to develop new methods, tools, and infrastructures.