Data Analytics 2017

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Professors: Peter Fox and Greg N. Hughes
Topics: Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Data Science, Analytics, Data Visualization
Course Numbers:
  • 38740, 38741
Description:
Data and Information analytics extends analysis (descriptive and predictive models to obtain knowledge from data) by using insight from analyses to recommend action or to guide and communicate decision-making. Thus, analytics is not so much concerned with individual analyses or analysis steps, but with an entire methodology. The world at-large is confronted with increasingly larger and complex sets of structured/unstructured information; from sensors, instruments, and generated by computer simulations; data is "hidden" in websites, application servers, social networks and on mobile devices. As a nation, assimilating information across disparate domains (e.g., intelligence, economics, science) has the potential to provide improved capabilities for decision makers. In commerce and industry, analytics-driven enterprises are becoming mainstream. Yet, there is a shortfall in the key education skills needed to meet the growing needs. Traditional enterprises are moving toward analytics-driven approaches for core business functions. In the government and corporations, cybersecurity problems are prevalent. The investment in advanced analytics capabilities could potentially be more broadly leveraged today and greater than any prior government investments in computing. Emphasis is now placed on disruptive data and information sources on the Web and Internet: using Web Science and informatics to explore social networks, platform competition, the "long tail" and economic or resource impacts of the search for new findings. Key topics include: advanced statistical computing theory, multivariate analysis, and application of computer science courses such as data mining and machine learning and change detection by uncovering unexpected patterns in data.
  • Introduce students to relevant methods to recognize and apply quantitative algorithms, techniques and interpretation
  • To develop students' strategic thinking skills, combined with a solid technical foundation in data and model-driven decision-making.
  • Develop ability to apply critical and analytical methods to formulate and solve science, engineering, medical, and business problems
  • Students will examine real-world examples using modern cyberinfrastructure to place statistical and data-mining techniques in context, to develop data-analytic thinking, and to illustrate that proper application is as much an art as it is a science.
  • By the end of the course, students can effectively communicate analytic findings to non-specialists

Class Listing: ITWS 4600/ITWS 6600
Instructor: Professor Peter Fox and Professor Greg Hughes
TA: Dave Ward - wardd4 at rpi dot edu
Meeting times: MR 2-3:50
Class Location: LALLY HALL 102
Office Hours: Monday 1-2pm Winslow 2120 or by appointment in Lally 207A
phone: x4862
TA Office Hours: by appointment

Syllabus/ Calendar

Refer to Reading/ Assignment/ Reference list for each week (see below).

Reference material (available through RPI library - RCS login required):

Group 1 - Intro/ Setup

(Lab) Assignment 2 [Download]

Group 2 - Patterns, relations, descriptive analytics

Reading/ Assignment/ Reference List (see above)

Class 1: Reading Assignment:

Class 2 Reading Assignment: prior to Thursday class

Class 3 Reading Assignment: prior to Monday class

Classes 4-5 Reading Assignment: none

Class 6 Reading Assignment:

Class 7 Reading Assignment:

Class 8-9 Reading Assignment: non

Classes 10-13 Reading Assignment: None

Course goals:

  • Introduce students to relevant methods to recognize and apply quantitative algorithms, techniques and interpretation
  • To develop students' strategic thinking skills, combined with a solid technical foundation in data and model-driven decision-making.
  • Develop ability to apply critical and analytical methods to formulate and solve science, engineering, medical, and business problems
  • Students will examine real-world examples using modern cyberinfrastructure to place statistical and data-mining techniques in context, to develop data-analytic thinking, and to illustrate that proper application is as much an art as it is a science.
  • By the end of the course, students can effectively communicate analytic findings to non-specialists

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Students to demonstrate knowledge of relevant analytic methods, and to recognize and apply quantitative algorithms, techniques and interpret results
  • Students to demonstrate strategic thinking skills, combined with a solid technical foundation in data and model-driven decision-making.
  • Students to develop ability to apply critical and analytical methods to formulate and solve science, engineering, medical, and business problems
  • Students will examine real-world examples to place data-mining techniques in context, to develop data-analytic thinking, and to illustrate that proper application is as much an art as it is a science.
  • Students must effectively communicate analytic findings to non-specialists.
  • [graduate level]
    Students must develop and demonstrate a working knowledge of decision making under uncertainty, be able to build optimization models that incorporate random parameters: static stochastic optimization, two-stage optimization with recourse, chance-constrained optimization, and sequential decision making.