Practical Data Science with Python Course

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Date: Monday 26th March - Thursday 29th March 2018

Venue: TBA

Instructor: Dr Dani Arribas-Bel

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This course will introduce you to the process of doing Data Science. This covers all the steps involved in solving practical problems with data: design, manipulation, exploration, and modeling, as well as learning from models. These topics will be explored from a "hands-on" perspective using a modern Python stack (e.g. pandas, seaborn, scikit-learn, PySAL), the industry standard, and examples from real-world spatial and tabular data.

 We will spend time reviewing recent workflows suggested to obtain (e.g. APIs) and reshape (e.g. the "tidy data" paradigm; Wickham, 2014) data from disparate sources. Then we will move on to techniques to visualise and summarise your data, including unsupervised learning algorithms for clustering. From there we will cover modeling data and discuss the different perspectives that the statistics and machine learning communities provide. We will end by discussing ways to evaluate and learn from predictive models you have built. The course is intended to provide practical support to researchers and practitioners by introducing them to useful strategies to learn more from their data. For this reason, participants are encouraged to bring their own datasets and problems as there will be time and space to discuss them.


Day 1 - Introduction

  • Data, data, data: the rise of new forms of data
  • What is Data Science?
  • The modern Python stack for Data Science

Day 2 - Exploring data

  • Data plumbing: ingestion, manipulation, presentation
  • Visualisation: tabular and spatial data
  • Unsupervised machine learning - Example: clustering with K-means

Day 3 - Machine learning

  • Supervised learning - Example: regression
  • Learning from models

Day 4 - Data science studio

  • Hands-on data dive
  • One-on-one tutorials

The course is introductory and, as such, it will provide a panoramic overview of several concepts and techniques. Basic statistical notions as well as some experience with programming are not strictly required but will be helpful.


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