Data Science – Level 3

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Course Title Data Science – Level 3
Course number 900-082-EQ
Platform R
Duration 21 hours
Prerequisites Data Science – Level 2 course
Target Audience Data Analysts; Computer Analysts; Professionals dealing with small or large amounts of data needing to apply Machine Learning Methods.
Dates November 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; December 3, 5
Instructor Diego Perea  – Ph.D.
Room BH- 210
Schedule Monday and Wednesday 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Gouvernement du Québec fee $42.00
General public fee $394.42

Recommended textbook: An Introduction to Statistical Learning with Aapplications in R by G. James, D. Whitten, R. Tibshirani and T. Hastie.

NB: Certificate provided for all participants who have completed 80% of course hours

Course Description
Please note that this is a non-credit course.
This course deals with advanced methods in Machine Learning. The focus is in understanding the methods and applying them in practical data sets. At the end of the course the participant will have at their disposal a large set of methods to apply.

The course methodology is based on lectures led by the instructor, who will present the concepts using examples, followed by a lab using real data where the participants will complete specific tasks in R designed to reinforce the concepts introduced in the lecture. Students will complete a small data prediction project with data of their choice, where they will apply the methods explained in the course.


Topics Covered in this Course
  1. Forecasting and Prediction Dashboards
  2. Forecasting methods
  3. Regression review and advanced methods
  4. Classification review and advanced methods
  5. Big data and commercial machine learning systems
  6. Project presentation


Weekly Topics
Please note that the instructor reserves the right to modify this schedule
Week 1 Topics 1 and 2
Week 2 Topics 3
Week 3 Topics 4 and 5
Week 4 Topic 6



For the course, we will mainly use R, which is the industry standard for statistical learning and provides functions for most of the methods. We will compliment R processing capabilities with Tableau visual reporting capabilities. Tableau is a popular and friendly BI and reporting tool widely used in the industry. Other software will be addressed in the course to give the participant a holistic view of statistical learning.



In the labs, the participant will apply the prediction and classification methods seen in class using practical datasets. We will use datasets from the textbook and from public sources such:

The project presented by the students in the previous term are showcased here: