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Digging the Digital Era: A Data Science Primer
QAC 211
Fall 2013
Section: 01  
This course may be repeated for credit.

The course introduces students to the practice of what has come to be known as data science. Using a multidisciplinary approach and data from a variety of sources that cover any aspect of everyday life--from credit card transactions to social media interactions and web searches--data scientists try to analyze and predict events, and behavior. The first part of the course defines the area and introduces basic concepts, tools and emerging applications. We describe how "big data" analysis affects both business practices and public policy, and discuss applications in different areas/disciplines. We also discuss the ethical, legal, and privacy dimensions of "big data" analysis. In part two of the course, we work on data acquisition and management and introduce appropriate programming and data management tools. In part three, we concentrate on basic analytical and visualization techniques as we explore and understand the emerging patterns. Using a learning-by-doing approach in a computing laboratory, students will learn how to write computer programs in R to access, organize, and analyze data through a series of small projects designed to illustrate the application of the techniques we develop for a variety of data sets and situations. Students will also engage in a semester-long project where they will access and use data from social media (Twitter) to address their own research questions.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM QAC, SBS QAC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on APR-19-2014
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