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YData: An Introduction to Data Science

YData is an introduction to the fundamental ideas and skills of data science. Based on Berkeley’s popular Data 8 course, YData is an introduction to data science that emphasizes computational and programming skills along with inferential thinking.

Calendar Spring 2021

Instructors: Elena Khusainova and John Lafferty
Lecture: MWF 10:30-11:20

Date Topic Lecture Reading Assignment
Mon 2/1 Introduction Demos, MyBinder, Slides Chapter 1.1, 1.2, 1.3  
Wed 2/3 Cause and Effect Slides Chapter 2 Practice 01: Expressions
Fri 2/5 Tables Demos, MyBinder, Slides Chapter 3 Homework 01 (Due Thu 2/11), Homework 01 pdf, MyBinder
Mon 2/8 Data Types Demos, MyBinder, Slides Chapters 4, 5  
Wed 2/10 Building Tables Demos, MyBinder, Slides 6.1, 6.2 Practice 02: Types & Sequences
Fri 2/12 Census Demos, MyBinder, Slides 6.3, 6.4 Homework 02 (Due Thu 2/18), Homework 02 pdf, MyBinder
Mon 2/15 Charts Demos, MyBinder, Slides 7, 7.1  
Wed 2/17 Histograms Demos, MyBinder, Slides 7.2, 7.3 Practice 03: Arrays & Tables
Fri 2/19 Functions Demos, MyBinder, Slides 8, 8.1 Homework 03 (Due Thu 2/25), Homework 03 pdf, MyBinder
Mon 2/22 Break day      
Wed 2/24 Groups Demos, MyBinder, Slides 8.2, 8.3 Practice 04: Histograms & Functions
Fri 2/26 Joins Demos, MyBinder, Slides 8.4, 8.5 Homework 04 (Due Thu 3/4), Homework 04 pdf MyBinder
Project 1: World Progress (Checkpoint Fri 3/5; Due Fri 3/12) MyBinder
Project 1 pdf
Mon 3/1 Table Examples Demos, MyBinder, Slides 8.5  
Wed 3/3 Iteration Demos, MyBinder, Slides 9, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3  
Fri 3/5 Chance Demos, MyBinder, Slides 9.4, 9.5 Homework 05 (Due Thu 3/11), Homework 05 pdf MyBinder
Project 1 checkpoint
Mon 3/8 Sampling Demos, MyBinder, Slides 9.4 10, 10.1, 10.2  
Wed 3/10 Models Demos, MyBinder, Slides 10.3, 11.1 Practice 05: Sampling
Fri 3/12 Comparing Distributions Demos, MyBinder, Slides 11.1, 11.2 Homework 06 (Due Thu 3/18), Homework 06 pdf MyBinder
Project 1 due
Mon 3/15 Decisions and Uncertainty Demos, MyBinder, Slides 11.3  
Wed 3/17 A/B Testing Demos, MyBinder, Slides 12.1, 12.2 Practice 06: Assessing Models
Fri 3/19 Causality Demos, MyBinder, Slides 12.3 Homework 07 (Due Thu 4/1), Homework 07 pdf MyBinder
Practice midterm (sample solution)
Study sheet
Midterm solution
Mon 3/22 Examples Slides   Midterm Review
Wed 3/24 Break day      
Fri 3/26 Midterm      
Mon 3/29 Confidence Intervals Demos, MyBinder, Slides 13, 13.1, 13.2  
Wed 3/31 Interpreting Confidence Demos, MyBinder, Slides 13.3, 13.4 Practice 07: Bootstrap
Fri 4/2 Center and Spread Demos, MyBinder, Slides 14, 14.1, 14.2 Homework 08 (Due Thu 4/8), Homework 08 pdf MyBinder
Project 2: Diet & Disease (Checkpoint Fri 4/9; Due Fri 4/16) MyBinder
Project 2 pdf
Mon 4/5 The Normal Distribution
part 1, part 2
Demos, MyBinder, Slides 14.3, 14.4  
Wed 4/7 Sample Means Demos, MyBinder, Slides 14.5  
Fri 4/9 Designing Experiments
Part 1, Part 2
Demos, MyBinder, Slides 14.6 Homework 09 (Due Thu 4/15), Homework 09 pdf MyBinder
Project 2 checkpoint
Mon 4/12 Correlation
Part 1, Part 2
Demos, MyBinder, Slides 15, 15.1  
Wed 4/14 Linear Regression Demos, MyBinder, Slides 15.2 Practice 08: Correlation
Fri 4/16 Least Squares Demos, MyBinder, Slides 15.3, 15.4 Homework 10 (Due Thu 4/22), Homework 10 pdf MyBinder
Project 2 due
Project 3: Classifying Movies (Checkpoint 4/23; Due Fri 4/30) MyBinder
Project 3 pdf
Mon 4/19 Residuals Demos, MyBinder, Slides 15.5, 15.6  
Wed 4/21 Regression Inference Demos, MyBinder, Slides Chapter 16 Practice 09: Regression
Fri 4/23 Break day      
Mon 4/26 Classification
Part 1, Part 2
Demos, MyBinder, Slides 17, 17.1, 17.2, 17.3 Homework 11 (Due Thu 4/29), Homework 11 pdf MyBinder
Project 3 checkpoint
Wed 4/28 Classifiers
Part 1, Part 2
Demos, MyBinder, Slides 17.4  
Fri 4/30 Classifiers Demos, MyBinder, Slides 17.5 Project 3 due
Practice Final Exam, Practice Final Exam Solutions
Final Study Sheet
Mon 5/3 Decisions Demos, MyBinder, Slides Chapter 18  
Wed 5/5 TBA Slides    
Fri 5/7 Review