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Use Python to mine datasets and predict patterns.
Build statistical models — regression and classification — that generate usable information from raw data.
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Master the basics of machine learning and harness the power of data to forecast what’s next.
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Unit 1: Research Design and Exploratory Data Analysis
- What is Data Science
- Describe course syllabus and establish the classroom environment
- Answer the questions: "What is Data Science? What roles exist in Data Science?"
- Define the workflow, tools, and approaches data scientists use to analyze data
- Research Design and Pandas
- Define a problem and identify appropriate data sets using the data science workflow
- Walkthrough the data science workflow using a case study in the Pandas library
- Import, format and clean data using the Pandas Library
- Statistics Fundamental I
- Use NumPy and Pandas libraries to analyze datasets using basic summary statistics: mean, median, mode, max, min, quartile, inter-quartile, range, variance, standard deviation, and correlation
- Create data visualization – scatter plots, scatter matrix, line graph, box blots, and histograms – to discern characteristics and trends in a dataset
- Identify a normal distribution within a dataset using summary statistics and visualization
- Statistics Fundamental II
- Explain the difference between causation vs. correlation
- Test a hypothesis within a sample case study
- Validate your findings using statistical analysis (p-values, confidence intervals)
- Instructor Choice
- Focus on a topic selected by the instructor/class in order to provide deeper insight into exploratory data analysis
Unit 2: Foundations of Data Modeling
- Introduction to Regression
- Define data modeling and linear regression
- Differentiate between categorical and continuous variables
- Build a linear regression model using a dataset that meets the linearity assumption using the scikit-learn library
- Evaluating Model Fit
- Define regularization, bias, and errors metrics;
- Evaluate model fit by using loss functions including mean absolute error, mean squared error, root mean squared error
- Select regression methods based on fit and complexity
- Introduction to Classification
- Define a classification model
- Build a K–Nearest Neighbors using the scikit–learn library
- Evaluate and tune model by using metrics such as classification accuracy⁄error
- Introduction to Logistic Regression
- Build a Logistic regression classification model using the scikit learn library
- Describe the sigmoid function, odds, and odds ratios and how they relate to logistic regression
- Evaluate a model using metrics such as classification accuracy⁄error, confusion matrix, ROC⁄AOC curves, and loss functions
- Communicate Results from Logistic Regression
- Explain the tradeoff between the precision and recall of a model and articulate the cost of false positives vs. false negatives.
- Identify the components of a concise, convincing report and how they relate to specific audiences ⁄ stakeholders
- Describe the difference between visualization for presentations vs. exploratory data analysis
- Flexible Class Session
- Focus on a topic selected by the instructor ⁄ class in order to provide deeper insight into data modeling
Unit 3: Data Science in the Real World
- Decision Trees and Random Forest
- Describe the difference between classification and regression trees and how to interpret these models
- Explain and communicate the tradeoffs of decision trees vs regression models
- Build decision trees and random forests using the scikit-learn library
- Natural Language Processing
- Demonstrate how to tokenize natural language text using NLTK
- Categorize and tag unstructured text data
- Explain how to build a text classification model using NLTK
- Dimensionality Reduction
- Explain how to perform a dimensional reduction using topic models
- Demonstrate how to refine data using latent dirichlet allocation (LDA)
- Extract information from a sample text dataset
- Working with Time Series Data
- Explain why time series data is different than other data and how to account for it
- Create rolling means and plot time series data using the Pandas library
- Perform autocorrelation on time series data
- Creating Models with Time Series Data
- Decompose time series data into trend and residual components
- Validate and cross-validate data from different datasets
- Use the ARIMA model to forecast and detect trends in time series data
- The Value of Databases
- Describe the use cases for different types of databases
- Explain differences between relational databases and document-based databases
- Write simple select queries to pull data from a database and use within Pandas
- Moving Forward with your Data Science Career
- Specify common models used within different industries
- Identify the use cases for common models
- Discuss next steps and additional resources for data science learning
- Flexible Class Session
- Focus on a topic selected by the instructor⁄class in order to provide deeper insight into data science in the real world
- Final Presentations
- Present final presentation to peers, instructor, and guest panelists who will identify strengths and areas for improvement
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