Analyzing and Using Data
Students study and practice methods and tools of data analysis and use. Students learn about the structure and analysis of at least one type of data (e.g., numbers, texts, documents, web data, images, videos, sounds, maps) and acquire the skills to examine, evaluate, and critique such data, extract patterns, summarize features, create visualizations, and provide insight not obvious from the raw data itself. Students also learn to be sensitive to ethical concerns associated with data: security, privacy, confidentiality, and fairness.
Learning Goals: By the end of the course, students should be able to
- Describe how data may be acquired, stored, transmitted, and processed.
- Analyze at least one important type of data and summarize the results of an analysis in ways that provide insight.
- Use mathematical methods and/or computational tools to perform analysis.
- Evaluate and critique choices made in selection, analysis, and presentation of data.