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CME 195: Introduction to R (STATS 195)

This short course runs for the first four weeks of the quarter and is offered in fall and spring. It is recommended for students who want to use R in statistics, science, or engineering courses and for students who want to learn the basics of R programming. The goal of the short course is to familiarize students with R's tools for scientific computing. Lectures will be interactive with a focus on learning by example, and assignments will be application-driven. No prior programming experience is needed. Topics covered include basic data structures, File I/O, graphs, control structures, etc, and some useful packages in R.
Terms: Aut, Spr | Units: 1

MS&E 226: "Small" Data

This course is about understanding "small data": these are datasets that allow interaction, visualization, exploration, and analysis on a local machine. The material provides an introduction to applied data analysis, with an emphasis on providing a conceptual framework for thinking about data from both statistical and machine learning perspectives. Topics will be drawn from the following list, depending on time constraints and class interest: approaches to data analysis: statistics (frequentist, Bayesian) and machine learning; binary classification; regression; bootstrapping; causal inference and experimental design; multiple hypothesis testing. Class lectures will be supplemented by data-driven problem sets and a project. Prerequisites: CME 100 or MATH 51; 120, 220 or STATS 116; experience with R at the level of CME/STATS 195 or equivalent.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3

MS&E 235: Analytics in Action

Examines the role of analytics in real-world solutions across different industries. Provides a short introduction on the main concepts of analytics, and addresses common modeling approaches for both supervised (e.g., regression and classification) and unsupervised techniques (e.g., clustering, anomaly detection and pattern recognition), using platforms such as Hadoop and R. Discussion of implementations of these models in various industries, such as manufacturing, retail, banking, marketing, telecom and security. Teams of students will be required to prepare and present an analytics use case, covering aspects related to data collection, pre-processing, modeling, analyses, visualization, recommendations, implementation, business value and ROI. Students will be expected to come prepared to class, ready to discuss the case at hand, and offer their thoughts and insights. Cases will be presented in the context of leading a data science team, much as a Chief Analytics Officer (CAO) would be expected to do. Prerequisite: 226, CME 195, or equivalents.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3
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