IS 457 Introduction to Data Science

This course introduces students to data science approaches that have emerged from recent advances in programming and computing technology. They will learn to collect and use data from a variety of sources, including the web, in a modern statistical inference and visualization paradigm. The course will be based in the programming language R, but will also use HTML, regular expressions, basic Unix tools, XML, and SQL. Supervised and unsupervised statistical learning techniques made possible by recent advances in computing power will also be covered.

Learning objectives

  • Work at a Unix prompt
  • Use the Python programming language to process, visualize, and persist large data sets
  • Use database technologies including SQL

Recent syllabus

Scheduled Offerings

  • Spring 2020

    • IS457AG
      Mon, 2:00 pm - 4:50 pm
      Room 126
      On-Campus
      Meets with IS 457 AU and STAT AG/AU.
      Instructor
      Victoria Stodden
      CRN
      67407
      Length
      16 weeks
    • IS457AU
      Mon, 2:00 pm - 4:50 pm
      Room 126
      On-Campus
      Undergraduate students: Priority is given to students pursuing a transfer into the BS/IS degree (http://go.ischool.illinois.edu/BSIS) until November 18, and IS Advisor Approval is required. INFO Minors will be able to register starting at noon on November 18. All restrictions will be lifted by noon on December 2. Questions may be sent to ischool-is@illinois.edu Meets with IS 457 AG and STAT AG/AU.
      Instructor
      Victoria Stodden
      CRN
      67659
      Length
      16 weeks
  • Fall 2019

    • IS457AG
      Mon, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
      Room 126
      On-Campus
      Instructors
      Victoria Stodden, Weiting Li
      CRN
      70320
      Length
      16 weeks
    • IS457AO
      Wed, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      Online
      CRN
      70900
      Length
      16 weeks
    • IS457AU
      Mon, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
      Room 126
      On-Campus
      Instructors
      Victoria Stodden, Weiting Li
      CRN
      70321
      Length
      16 weeks

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).