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Data Science News, Breakthroughs & University Stories

Data science is becoming more and more critical to how industries solve problems and discover new opportunities. Follow our blog to get the latest data science news, learn about exciting breakthroughs, discover how data science affects different industries and learn about how the future of data science is being shaped by our university.

Influenced by Rice faculty mentors, Rice MDS alumna recommends balancing data science skills with industry domain knowledge.

Houston-based Rice MCS Online graduate student uses both data science and computer science skills as a tax, technology & transformation consultant

See how Rice MDS Online grad students are exercising applied data science/ML skills and building strong portfolios in the hands-on Capstone course.

As data becomes increasingly valuable, new applications of data science are emerging across different industries. See how and where data science is used.

How to prepare for a technical interview

How to Prepare for a Technical Interview Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2023

Technical interviews are used to assess a candidate's applied skillset. Read Rice U’s guide to technical interview prep & software engineer interview questions.

Data scientist working on a project related to big data.

What is Big Data? Thursday, Jun. 1, 2023

Extracting insights from data increasingly requires data scientists to process and analyze big data. Learn what big data is & how it relates to data science.

Woman data scientist working on a problem

What is Data Visualization for Data Science? Thursday, Jun. 1, 2023

Data scientists & analysts use Data Visualization to communicate important findings with others. Learn more about these tools and how they differ by role.

Data scientist developing machine learning models and AI solutions

Data Science vs. Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: What’s the Difference? Thursday, Apr. 13, 2023

Though data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are all connected, there are key differences. Learn more about the distinctions from Rice.

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Choosing Between an Online vs. In-Person Master of Data Science Degree Friday, Feb. 17, 2023

Looking to pursue a Master of Data Science, but not sure if an online or in-person program would be best for you? Learn more about these two options with Rice.

Diverse business analytics team working with data science and visualization tools

Data Science vs Business Analytics: What Are the Similarities & Differences? Friday, Feb. 17, 2023

Business analytics and Data science share a focus on data analysis and evidence-based decisions. Learn more about these two data-driven fields with Rice.

DNA strand being decoded through bioinformatics, where data science meets biology

What is Bioinformatics? Monday, Feb. 6, 2023

Bioinformatics involves tracking, analyzing and storing biological data to help solve big health challenges. Learn about bioinformatics & data science here.

Two data science programmers coding and collaborating on ML models together at work

12 Best Programming Languages for Data Science and Analytics Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Python, R, and SQL are among the most important programming languages for data science. Learn more about essential coding languages for data science with Rice.

Two Data scientists collaborating on a machine learning model

12 Essential Skills Required for Data Scientists in 2023 Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022

Both technical and non-technical skills, like programming and curiosity, are required for a data scientist. Read our 12 essential data scientist skills here.

Data science vs computer science icons

Data Science vs Computer Science: What’s the Difference? Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022

While there are similarities between data science vs computer science, distinct skill sets and career paths differentiate these two fields. Learn more with Rice.

Data science vs Data engineering

Data Scientists vs Data Engineers: What's the Difference? Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022

Data engineers build the infrastructure that enables Data scientists to analyze data at scale and draw inferences. Learn about each role’s skills, jobs & education.

An illustration comparing big data with basic data analytics and visualization

Data Science vs Data Analytics: What Are the Similarities & Differences? Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022

The main differences between data science and data analytics involve the methods and tools for working with data, as well as career paths, titles & salaries.

Senior data scientist and engineer leading industry transformation

Is a Master's in Data Science Worth It? Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

Interested in pursuing a master's in data science, but not sure if it's worth it? Discover the situations where a master's in data science is worthwhile.

Data Scientist collaborating with Software Engineer at a company

Data Science vs Software Engineering: What's the Difference? Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022

While data scientists extract and analyze data sets, software engineers develop systems and applications to meet user and business needs. Learn more from Rice.

Data and statistics coworkers sharing data visualizations and discussing business insights

Data Science vs Statistics: What's the Difference? Tuesday, May. 24, 2022

Both data scientists & statisticians work with data, but the problem solving techniques and size of data distinguish the two fields. Learn more from Rice.

Jermaine, Mukherjee and team achieve program synthesis breakthrough by combining neural machine learning and symbolic methods to write programs without semantic errors

ML models teach computer programs to write other computer programs Friday, Feb. 11, 2022

Jermaine, Mukherjee and team combine neural machine learning and symbolic methods to write programs without semantic errors

Bingbing Huang (MCS '22): Learn to Articulate Ideas

Bingbing Huang (MCS '22): Learn to Articulate Ideas Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022

MCS student, specializing in data science and ML, says collaboration is key to successful projects

Rice CS’ Xia Ben Hu wins Technology Development Fund grant for open source e-commerce machine learning system

Rice CS’ Xia Ben Hu wins Technology Development Fund grant for e-commerce ML system Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022

Hu’s research aims to democratize and accelerate small businesses’ digital transformation

What Data Scientists Do

What Does a Data Scientist Do? Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022

The responsibilities of Data scientists extend beyond data analysis into managing big data at scale. Read more to learn what a Data scientist does.

Rice University computer scientist Ashumali Shrivastava and graduate student Ben Coleman

Big data privacy for machine learning just got 100 times cheaper Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021

New hashing method slashes cost of implementing differential privacy