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Congratulations on mastering Git - I can sort of use it but don't quite feel I understand it - maybe I should try that Udacity course.

Interesting to read that you did Economics at university. I'm doing an Open Degree at the OU and my plan is to combine Computing and Economics. I feel the two subjects have a lot of relevance to one another, but not many people seem to be involved in both, which I think is a shame.

 

Thanks Dominic! Definitely check it out, its been a great help in learning how to use Git and Github.

Oh, cool. What's the reasoning behind wanting to combine the two, if you don't mind me asking? I do agree though, they share a lot of similarities and both require an analytical and logical way of thinking and skills like being able to problem-solve, think outside the box with a sprinkle of creativity. I think a possible reason as to why many people may not be involved with both is that the intersection between the two relies a lot on things like statistics, data-analysis, working with data etc which can put people off. What are your thoughts on why this may be?

 

I enjoy both subjects and I could see how they had a relevance to one another, as you say, particularly around the data-analysis and statistical side of economics, which I really like (I enjoy doing maths and statistics). Studying both subjects should give me the grounding to explore interesting applications of computing in economics.

I think you might be right that the data side of things might put people off - I think a lot of people in economics are more interested in theories than in applying economics in the real world - and computing is less help with the theoretical side. I also wonder whether silo mentality in institutions stops people from seeing the relevance of disciplines to one another - even though advances in information technology could be very interesting from a theoretical point of view in terms of what is possible in society.

Me too! I always loved Maths as a kid so naturally gravitated towards economics for a-level, then uni.

I know what you mean - that's what made me lose interest in economics. It became more theoretical than practical which made it more difficult to relate to. I agree, there's a disconnect between the two disciplines. Hopefully, this disconnect dissipates soon in the future because they both have a lot to benefit from each other, particularly in this day and age.

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