Foundation of Data Science

By Dinesh Kumar   |   Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
Learners enrolled: 24892
"At the end of this course, you will be able to:
Describe the role of probability theory, optimization and linear algebra in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
Define probability distributions such as binomial and normal and its applications in ML model development.
Conduct hypothesis tests such as Z test and t-test and how it is used in ML Model development.
Explain optimization and linear algebra concepts and their applications in ML and AI.
Conduct hypothesis testing, optimization and linear algebra using Excel."
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Management Studies
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 31 Jul 2023
End Date : 31 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 09 Sep 2023
Exam Date : 30 Nov 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Descriptive Statistics and Data Visualization
Week 2: Probability Theory
Week 3: Sampling and Estimation
Week 4: Confidence Intervals
Week 5: Hypothesis Testing
Week 6: Analysis of Variance
Week 7: Correlation Analysis
Week 8: Applied Linear Algebra

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Books and references


Instructor bio

Dinesh Kumar

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
Professor Dinesh Kumar is a professor of Quantitative Methods and Information Systems at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Prominent Analytic Academicians in India, Professor Dinesh is the course director of Business Analytics and Intelligence Executive Education Programme conducted by IIM Bangalore. His main research and teaching interest are Business Analytics and Systems Engineering. He has published a number of case studies at the Harvard Business Publishing on the use of predictive and prescriptive analytics by the Indian companies, and authored more than 70 research articles and 2 books.

Course certificate

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Grading Policy: 

Assessment Type


Mid-Term & End-Term


Final Exam


Certificate Eligibility:
  • 40% marks and above in Mid Term & End Term
  • 40% marks and above in the final proctored exam


Type of Certificate



75 - 89


70 - 74


40 - 70

Successfully Completed


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