I know this might be a personal problem, but I often find some friends in the same problem as me so I think this might be helpful to them after all. I am going to graduate in Computer Science in december, but I still don't feel comfortable enough with mathematics. After trying to read lots of mathematical books, for instance, Markov Processes, Statistics and Artificial Intelligence, I realized I am very deficient when it comes to understanding more elaborated and advanced formulas (or even simple ones) and find it really annoying and hard to make things flow. I usually have interesting adeas with abstract algorithms (like Particle Filters) but when I get to the implementation phase, I struggle to understand simple things involving mathematics.
So, I am really looking forward to improve my knownledge and was thinking about taking an undergraduate course in Mathematics. But, after looking at some curriculum, there seems to be lots of things that maybe is not usefull to me at this time, though I would really enjoy learning. I am currently very interested in Computer Vision, but again find lots of mathematics in image processing and I feel dummy using certain libraries such as OpenCV that does a lot to me but I can't understand what they are doing.
So my question is, would it be more profitable to do some graduation in Mathematics or should I study by myself? What should I look for in Mathematics curriculums? Would it be possible to study Mathematics by myself and improve it to the level where I can understand advanced concepts?
ps1: During my graduation, I studied (because this year is going to be mostly on the final project and technology related) these subjects:
- Mathematics Foundations for Computer Science
- Linear Algebra
- Quantitative Research
- Image Processing (basics, mostly on 2D, 3D OpenGL)
ps2: I have been working as a programmer just for financial reasons (though I find it really interesting to develop code in more architectural layers), but I look forward to use programming as a tool for research and science as soon I am capable of doing it.