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Intro to Data Science and Analysis

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)

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Intro to Data Science: Predicting the Future with Data
Tuesday, January 15th from 8 pm - 9:30 pm
Ravi Iyer, Principal Data Scientist,

Do you want to create a recommendation engine for your customers? Predict which employees at your company will leave or stay? Predict where your future sales will come from or whom to target with your next marketing campaign?

In this course, we'll cover the basics of how to answer such questions using data, using examples from Ranker's aggregation and recommendation algorithms, Nate Silver's election predictions, and market research.

Rather than thinking of data as either right or wrong, we'll learn to objectively examine the strengths and weaknesses ineherent in any data driven analysis, with the goal of improving your current data analysis, data collection, or data consumption.  


Target Audience:

  • Someone who has data and wants to use it to make predictions
  • Someone who is considering collecting or purchasing data and wants to know what kind of data to collect
  • Someone who consumes data driven research and wants to be able to critique it more precisely

Student Takeaways:

  • An understanding of basic statistical techniques such as sampling, measurement, and significance.
  • An understanding of common errors made in making predictions, using cases such as the presidential election, the financial crisis, and recommendation engines.
  • Basic understanding of how to create a recommendation algorithm.
  • How to use the Wisdom of Crowds principle in any prediction.


About the Instructors

Ravi Iyer is the principal data scientist at  He combines 15 years of hands-on experience with database technology with a PhD in social psychology from the University of Southern California.  He publishes regularly in top scholarly journals and his research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, The Atlantic, and at SXSW Interactive.

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When & Where

General Assembly LA
1520 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)

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