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Core Concepts in Data Analysis


School: Higher School of Economics

Platform: Coursera

Link: Core Concepts in Data Analysis

Start Date: April 21, 2014 (8 Weeks)

Workload: 6-8 Hours per Week

Instructor: Boris Mirkin

Credentials: Mirkin teaches and conducts research in the areas of data mining, cluster analysis, classification, and machine learning. He has authored numerous texts in these areas, along with teaching and working in the United State and Europe. 

Graded: Students will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment for successfully completing the course.

Description: Mirkin’s course emphasizes a unique approach to data analysis, emphasizing the structure of and relationships between data. In this approach, the data comes first, before a problem and solution have even been identified. This course begins with basic data visualization and analysis, before moving into two dimensional data, histograms, decision trees, multivariate correlations, and K-means. The course will be taught through a textbook, readings, and 10-15 minute videos with embedded questions. Students must also perform analysis using real world datasets and complete a final exam.

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Additional Note: To complete this course, students must order a copy of Mirkin’s text, along with access a publicly-available language for statistical computing such as MatLab.

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