Week 1 Introduction

Week 1: Introduction

This week there will be no lecture due to Kingsday, but this does not mean we will not start the course in this week! During the lab, a mini lecture will be provided, giving an introduction to the course. We will discuss the set-up of the course, what data science is and why it is so booming right now, and why we need data analysis and visualization. In addition, we will discuss supervised versus unsupervised learning, and look at some interasting applications of data analysis methods. The remainder of the lab is spent on making and discussing an exercise on supervised vs unsupervised learning and some data exploration in R.

Practical Preparation

Read the prerequisites and outline sections on the practicals website (website will be announced later on BlackBoard). Install ‘R’ and ‘RStudio’ as per the instructions there.