STAT 209: Tentative Schedule of Topics

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The following is a tentative schedule of what we will cover in class when. Check this space regularly for updates.
Readings listed should be completed before the start of class on the date indicated.

Last update: 04-19-18

Date Topics Readings Assignments Due
2/05 Intro/Overview MDSR Ch. 1
2/07 Lab 1: R/RStudio/RMarkdown HW1
  PART I: BASIC VISUALIZATION    
2/09 Visual Primitives MDSR Ch. 2
2/12 Lab 2: The Grammar of Graphics MDSR 3.1 Lab1, HW2
2/14 Interlude: Version Control
2/16 Standard Graph Types, Color MDSR 3.2 Lab2, HW3
2/19 Themes, Lab 3: Color and Theme
2/21 Lab 4: Reverse Engineer a Professional Write-up MDSR 3.3 HW4, Lab 3
2/23 Project 1 Workshop Lab4, start on Project 1
2/26 Project 1 Presentations / Peer Feedback Project 1 draft
  PART II: DATA WRANGLING    
2/28 The Grammar of Data Wrangling MDSR 4.1
3/02 Lab 5: Five Basic Wrangling “Verbs” MDSR 4.1 Project 1 due
3/05 Lab 6: Aggregation MDSR 4.2
3/07 Lab 7: Merging Datasets MDSR 4.3-4.4 HW5, Lab5
3/09 Lab 8: Reshaping and the “Tidy” Format MDSR 5.1-5.3 Lab6
3/12 Making Repetitive Tasks Modular MDSR 5.4 HW6, Lab7
3/14 Lab 9: Loops, Functions and Vectorization MDSR 5.4 Lab8
3/16 Review: GitHub, Wrangling Issues
  SPRING BREAK    
3/26 Lab 10: Reverse-Engineer a Professional Writeup Lab9
3/28 Web Scraping (Lab 11) MDSR 5.5 Lab10
3/30 Project 2 Workshop Good start on Project 2
4/02 Project 2 Presentations / Peer Feedback Project 2 Draft
4/04 Interlude: Interactive Plotting MDSR 11.1-11.3
4/06 Interlude: Data Science Ethics MDSR Ch. 6
  PART III: USING DATABASES FOR LARGE DATASETS    
4/09 Intro to SQL MDSR 12.1-12.2 Project 2 due
4/11 Lab 12a: Queries in SQL MDSR 12.3-12.4.4
4/13 Lab 12b: More SQL MDSR 12.4.5-12.4.9
4/16 Lab 13: Reverse-Engineer a Professional Write-up MDSR 12.5
4/18 Interlude: Clustering MDSR 9.1
4/20 Interlude: Dimensionality Reduction MDSR 9.2
4/23 Interlude: Finding Latent Structure
4/25 Project 3 Workshop Good start on Project 3
4/27 Project 3 Presentations / Peer Feedback Project 3 Draft
  PART IV: SPATIAL AND TEXT DATA    
4/30 Spatial Data MDSR 14.1-14.3.1
4/02 Lab 14: Spatial Data MDSR 14.3.2-14.3.4 Project 3 due
5/04 Lab 15: Reverse-Engineer a Professional Writeup MDSR 14.4-14.5
5/07 Text Data MDSR 15.1-15.2.1
5/09 Lab 15: Text Data MDSR 15.1-15.2.1
5/11 Lab 16: Reverse-Engineer a Professional Writeup
FINALS Present Project 4 Project 4 due