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A high school junior is taking AP calculus AB.  If he wants to be a Computer Science major in college would he be better served by taking multi-variable calculus as a senior?  Or better served taking AP Statistics?  Or does it not matter either way?  Just seeking an opinion from some professionals who went through the Comp Sci major in college.  Thanks.
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Both are useful.  If he only want to write programs to solve problems in specific limited applications, one may have more direct applicability than the other.
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Thank you.
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I'd agree that both are useful - however if you were picking one or the other, I'd recommend "AP Statistics" over multi-variable calculus.  Stats has a very wide applicability in many computer science problem domains while calculus is more of a focused discipline.

Doug

P.S. Did joint honors in college for math and comp. sci - although a few years ago now :)
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Thanks Doug!
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At my university several stats courses were co-listed between the Math and CS programs. I took some of them as upper level CS courses. Stats tends to go really well with CS. I would agree with ozo that both could be applicable, but stats would be more likely to be applicable (in my opinion).
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Thanks Tommy.
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