Data Analytics using R
This module covers the principle concepts and techniques of data analytics and how to apply them to real-life data sets. Students develop the core skills and expertise needed by data scientists, including the use of techniques such as linear regression, classification and clustering. The module will show you how to use the popular and powerful data analysis language and environment R to solve practical problems based on use cases extracted from real domains.
To study advanced aspects of data analytics, applying appropriate machine learning techniques to analyse data sets, assessing the statistical significance of data analytical results, and using the open-source tool R to perform basic data analytical tasks on real-life data.
- Introduction to data analytics: data and dataset overview, data pre-processing, concepts of supervised and unsupervised learning.
- Basic statistics: mean, median, standard deviation, variance, correlation, covariance, graphical and tabular diagrams.
- Linear regression: simple linear regression, introduction to multiple linear regression.
- Classification: logistic regression, decision trees, SVM.
- Ensemble methods: bagging, random forests.
- Clustering: K-means, hierarchical clustering.
- Principal Component Analysis.
- Evaluation and validation: cross-validation, assessing the statistical significance of data analysis results.
- Real-life case studies.
- Tools: R.
Experience with a modern programming language.
All dates and timetables are listed in programme handbooks, found in the downloads section of individual programme pages.
- Timetable of all departmental teaching events
- Term dates
- Timetable for the week ahead (including venue information)
Enrolled students can find their personal teaching timetable and location of classes on their My Birkbeck profile.
Two pieces practical exercises involving learning and analysing data sets using the tool R.
Coursework (20%). Examination (80%).
- An Introduction to Statistical Learning: With Applications in R: Gareth James, Daniela Witten, Trevor Hastie and Robert Tibshirani.