Lecture: Midterm 1 (CBTF) - No Class :)
Lecture: Algorithms to Solve Complex Problems
An algorithm is a step-by-step, detailed set of instructions to solve a problem. An algorithm can be expressed as English sentences (usually as a numbered list) and is a great way to begin solving complex problems.
Lecture: Bar Graphs and Histograms
Large tables of numbers can be difficult to interpret, no matter how organized they are. Sometimes it is much easier to interpret graphs than numbers.
- Perception of Probability Words Survey (+1 EC)
- CBTF Exam Registration
- Lecture Handout
- Extra Credit Notebook (+1)
Lecture: Grouping Data (pandas)
A groupby operation involves some combination of splitting the object, applying a function, and combining the results. This can be used to group large amounts of data and compute operations on these groups.
Lecture: Measures of Center and Spread
Parameters are numerical facts about the population. In this lecture, we will look at parameters such as the average (µ) and standard deviation (σ) of a list of numbers. Later, we will start talking about statistics. Statistics are estimates of parameters computed from a sample.
Lecture: Confounders and Observational Studies
For years observational studies have shown that people who carry lighters are more likely to get lung cancer. However, this does not mean that carrying lighters causes you to get cancer. Smoking is an obvious confounder! If we weren’t sure about this, how can we determine whether it’s the lighters or the confounders or (maybe some combination of both) that is causing the lung cancer?
Lecture: Blocking and Conditionals
Random assignment to treatment and control works best to make the groups as alike as possible. With enough subjects, random differences average out. But what do you do if you have a small sample? Blocking first, then randomizing ensures that the treatment and control group are balanced with regard to the variables blocked on. We can use conditionals in pandas to help us do this!
Lecture: Experimental Design and Row Selection (pandas)
Does the death penalty have a deterrent effect? Is chocolate good for you? What causes breast cancer? All of these questions attempt to assign a cause to an effect. A careful examination of data can help shed light on questions like these.
Welcome to Data Science Discovery!
Our first lecture is Monday, Aug. 26 at 12:00noon in Lincoln Hall Theater. See you there! :)