Data science meets real life struggles at LA City College

On a recent morning at Los Angeles City Hall, professor Jocelyn Graf and a team of students from Los Angeles City College met with officials from the controller’s office and the IT agency. On the agenda: How the students can help local government make sense of a mountain of internal records using “big data” tools.   “Big data” is shorthand for analyzing massive sets of records to help make big decisions, like studying traffic patterns for urban planning, modeling stock market performance — or deciding what appears in our Facebook feeds. The widespread use of big data techniques is a fundamental change in business and public life, and it’s creating high-paying jobs. According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, data specialists can earn up to twice the…

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