When is the course offered?

September - December of each academic year.
Typical format: STAT 545A 1.5 credits in September through mid October, followed by STAT 547M 1.5 credits from mid October through early December.
Same time slot, same room.
This was/is/will be the deal in 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, and 2017/2018 at the least.

Course facts for Sept - Dec 2017 run

STAT 545A STAT547M
title Exploratory Data Analysis Basic Training for Data Science
SSC link STAT 545A STAT 547M
credits 1.5 1.5
dates Sep 05, 2017 to Oct 19, 2017 Oct 20, 2017 to Dec 01, 2017
meets Tues Thurs 9:30 - 11am Tues Thurs 9:30 - 11am
where ESB 2012 ESB 2012
pre-req none (but see below) STAT 545A

What’s up with the two half courses?

For several years, I taught STAT 545A as a 1.5 credit course. I – and many students – felt there was alot of great, relevant content that could go into an additional 1.5 credits.

We piloted a full semester of data exploration, visualization, and all-around data wrangling in 2014/2015. And so far, it has stuck. It was structured as two half courses primarily so that several year’s worth of STAT 545A alums could register for STAT 547M and get the “missing half” of the course. And now it’s hard to break the cycle.

Am I allowed to register in …?

Should I register in …?

This course is open to any graduate student at UBC. Students from other departments vastly outnumber those from Statistics. In fact, the most successful students are often grad students from other fields who need to analyze and visualize data for a thesis. They are highly motivated and excel.

However, if you have never programmed or worked at the command line before, prepare for a shock. This will be a powerful, positive experience, but it’s a big adjustment. Come suffer through the worst part of the learning curve in good company!

Do I need a computer?

YES. You absolutely must have access to a computer on which you can install software, download data, etc. In fact, class meetings will be a mix of lecture, discussion, and live coding. Students will get the most out of this if they can bring their own laptop to class every day. If this is not possible, we will try to help you work something out.

Where do course marks come from?

Course mark = 75% homework, 15% peer review, 10% engagement (i.e. attendance, participation in discussion in-class and/or online)

Students submit homework once a week, generally 5 per half-semester. I have abandoned the notion of “final projects”. I’ve seen it encourage too much sudden, heroic effort, often to disappointing effect.

Each homework will be evaluated by 2 peer reviewers. The performance of thoughtful peer review will count as 15% of the overall course mark.

No final exam.

How do I get help?