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    I am not sure whether to take up my offer for a masters in statistics or machine learning. Both from good institutions.
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    I was in the same situation, wondering whether I should apply for Machine Learning or Statistics.

    IMO you should have a thorough grounding in statistics before doing machine learning. There are simply too many pitfalls you can fall into when using machine learning algorithms as a black box that a grounding in statistics can prevent you from falling into. I'm going down the other route: M.Sc. Statistics followed by a Ph.D. in Machine Learning.

    That aside, you already say that you are more interested in ML than stats. So, the obvious choice would be ML, why are you hesitating?
    If you are worried about being bogged down in the theory in the Oxford course, afaik that one is very applied (as the name says). So, I think you can rest assured that that won't happen. Moreover, you also have a Machine Learning module in there. So, maybe it will be the best of both worlds?
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    (Original post by Chr0n)
    I was in the same situation, wondering whether I should apply for Machine Learning or Statistics.

    IMO you should have a thorough grounding in statistics before doing machine learning. There are simply too many pitfalls you can fall into when using machine learning algorithms as a black box that a grounding in statistics can prevent you from falling into. I'm going down the other route: M.Sc. Statistics followed by a Ph.D. in Machine Learning.

    That aside, you already say that you are more interested in ML than stats. So, the obvious choice would be ML, why are you hesitating?
    If you are worried about being bogged down in the theory in the Oxford course, afaik that one is very applied (as the name says). So, I think you can rest assured that that won't happen. Moreover, you also have a Machine Learning module in there. So, maybe it will be the best of both worlds?
    Thanks for ur response.

    I have accepted the machine learning course. However, I wanted to get other people's opinions before I made any hasty decision. Also, part of the reason I am hesitating is that i have a lower offer which i can comfortably meet for the stats course. Also, how did you enjoy your statistics degree? Did you find most of the work useful. I probably won't be doing a PHD but will try to work in industry.
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    have accepted the machine learning course..
    Haha oh wow, that was quick! But I guess your initial post made it sort of clear already that you felt more like Machine Learning, so good choice.

    (Original post by Blutooth)
    Also, how did you enjoy your statistics degree? Did you find most of the work useful.
    Sorry, should have been more clear. I'm currently in my final year of undergrad (Philosophy, Politics and Economics @ York) but will (probably) join LSE for an M.Sc. in Statistics next year. After that I am planning to do a Ph.D. in Machine Learning.
 
 
 
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