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Brown University has introduced a new data science initiative that will include a master's degree program.

University President Christina Paxson said researchers will analyze big data to solve problems from health care delivery to modeling climate change.

The new master's program is starting to recruit its first group of graduate students.

It will be affiliated with the departments of mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science and biostatistics.

The initiative will also collaborate with Brown's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America to look at how data and access to data affect society, culture and privacy.

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