Understanding Data

MAS 631

In the last decade, there has been a massive explosion in the amount of data we generate and consume. We are bombarded daily with data being produced from a variety of sources, from social networking and search engines to research institutions, governments, and companies. How trustworthy is the data we are exposed to? How can we see through common fallacies and deceptive tactics? How can we think critically about the information being presented, understand the context, and be able to see the story in the data? In today’s data-driven world, having this ability to interpret data and test hypothesis is critical. In this course, we will learn the basics of data science. We will use videos, case studies, interactive activities, and statistical software to identify, analyze, interpret, and utilize data to make informed decisions and solve complex problems, and make convincing presentations.

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