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Introduction to Research in Data Science

Autumn 2016

Lecturer: Charles Sutton
TA: Agamemnon Krasoulis < A.Krasoulis at >
Lectures: Monday, Thursday, 16:10 - 17:00 Seminar Room 1, Minto House, Chambers Street (take the stairs down one level)
Labs: Thursday 10:10 - 11:00 1.B04, Friday, 09:10 - 10:00 1.B19, Forrest Hill


Welcome! This course has two objectives:

This course is open only to first year students in the CDT in Data Science, for whom it is a required course. We will enforce this requirement strictly. If you are not a member of the CDT and want to see similar material, I would recommend Data Mining and Exploration.

Course descriptor


This course has four components:

Lab Sessions

We will post a series of tutorial exercises to introduce you to software tools in machine learning and databases that may be useful for the small practical project and in your future career. These exercises are designed for self-study. You may work on them at your own pace. There is nothing to hand in. A tutor will be available during the scheduled weekly lab session times to answer questions.

Small Practical Project

In this project, you will apply data science methods of your choice to a real world data set. A list of suggested data sets will be posted for you to choose from, or you may suggest your own. You will produce a report of 6-8 pages explaining what analytic tools you used, why you chose them, and what results they produced. More detailed instructions for this project will be released in mid October. For a tentative timeline, please see the page about the small practical project.


This course will be assessed entirely on the basis of the small practical project. Your mark will be on the basis of your written report from the project (80%), and also on a presentation that you will give when the project is finished (20%).


The course schedule and slides appear on the lectures page.

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