I am aiming to do my masters in Astronomy, and I would prefer it to be on the data side of it. I am looking to skill-up and am confused if I should take up Data Analytics courses or Data Science courses.

Is it possible to describe the difference between these in the context of Astronomy?

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    $\begingroup$ Those sounds like virtual synonyms to me. What one institution will cool Data Analytics, another will call Data Science. You've got to look deeper into the syllabus of the courses to find out more. $\endgroup$ May 14 at 10:25
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    $\begingroup$ I would generally agree with ScienceSnake above but, at some institutions Data Science might be more concerned with data acquisition instrumention and means of acquiring data and the related equipment rather than analysis of data. $\endgroup$
    – tckosvic
    May 14 at 17:56
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    $\begingroup$ This is a good question, and despite the comments it could turn out to be a good Astronomy Stack Exchange question. Then again, it might not. But if the question is too-quickly closed and answers blocked, we won't be able to find out. voting to leave open! Here's a good book to consider: Statistics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning in Astronomy: A Practical Python Guide for the Analysis of Survey Data, Updated Edition $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    May 15 at 9:14
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    $\begingroup$ I'd say given the choice, vanderPlas would have called himself a "data scientists" rather than a "data analyticist" but that's only one person. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    May 15 at 9:14
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    $\begingroup$ This is an excellent question that can clarify many nuances that are important to astronomical practice. $\endgroup$
    – dtn
    May 15 at 13:04


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