Introduction to Data Science

Course topics

Part 1. Introduction

  • Business Analytics
  • Business Analytics Examples
  • Text Analytics
  • Big Data
  • Cloud
  • Startups
  • Crowd-Sourced Analytics
  • Literature
  • Business Analytics Education
  • Online and In-Person Education
  • Volunteering and Networking
  • Analytics Consortium

Part 2. Review of Linear Algebra

  • Review of derivatives, gradients and Hessians
  • Computing gradients and Hessians
  • Taylor series expansion
  • Finite difference methods
  • Convex functions
  • Checking a matrix for PD and PSD by computing principal minors
  • Checking if symmetric matrix is PD or PSD by computing its eigenvalues
  • Composition rules

Part 3. Basic Statistics

  • Before you analyze your data
  • Sources of uncertainty
  • Summarizing and interpreting your data
  • Quantitative data
  • Categorical data

Part 4. Mathematical Modelling

  • Modeling
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Modeling Process
  • Model Examples

Part 5. Simulations

  • Simulation Modeling
  • Business Case Study

Part 6. Optimization

  • Overview of Optimization
  • Optimization Techniques
  • Multi-Objective Optimization
  • Mean-Variance Portfolio Selection

Part 7. Data Mining

  • Data mining application classes of problems
  • Classification
  • Clustering
  • Regression
  • Forecasting
  • Hypothesis or discovery driven
  • Iterative
  • Scalable

Part 8. Artificial Intelligence

  • Era of Cognitive Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Computing
  • Spatio-Temporal Analytics

Part 9. Visual Analytics

  • Visual Grids
  • Dashboards
  • Spreadsheets vs. Visual Analytics
  • HR Analytics
  • Infographics

Part 10. Decision-Making Based on Analytics

  • Decision Making and Risk Management
  • Analytics Software

Practice

As a part of the project activities, students participate in the Queen’s International Innovation Challenge — an international contest on Data Science and Business Analytics from Queens University.

UCU Data Science master students gained the 3rd place in 2016 and won the contest in 2017.

Prerequisites

None