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SP21: Introduction to Analytics Modeling

SP21: Introduction to Analytics Modeling

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Product is rated as #16 in category Business Intelligence

Analytical models are key to understanding data, generating predictions, and making business decisions. Without models it’s nearly impossible to gain insights from data. In modeling, it’s essential to understand how to choose the right data sets, algorithms, techniques and formats to solve a particular business problem. In this course, part of the Analytics: Essential Tools and Methods MicroMasters program, you’ll gain an intuitive understanding of fundamental models and methods of analytics and practice how to implement them using common industry tools like R. You’ll learn about analytics modeling and how to choose the right approach from among the wide range of options in your toolbox. You will learn how to use statistical models and machine learning as well as models for: classification; clustering; change detection; data smoothing; validation; prediction; optimization; experimentation; decision making.

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He received his PhD in operations research from MIT and his bachelor's degrees in mathematics, computer science, and applied sciences in engineering from Rutgers University. His primary research interests are in sports analytics and applied operations research. He has worked with teams or leagues in all three of the major American sports. Dr. Sokol's LRMC method for predictive modeling of the NCAA basketball tournament is an industry leader, and his non-sports research has won the EURO Management Science Strategic Innovation Prize. Dr. Sokol has also won recognition for his teaching and curriculum development from IIE and the NAE, and is the recipient of Georgia Tech's highest awards for teaching.

Specification: SP21: Introduction to Analytics Modeling

Duration 144 hours
Year 2020
Level Expert
Certificate Yes
Quizzes No

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    Leo Steeghs

    Very interesting for somebody new to statistics and R programmering like me. Nice teaching, homework is quite tough.. overall very good experience!

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    Spalthoff Daniel

    I just finished this course as a verified learner. The content is excellent (5 stars), but for two reasons my overall evaluation of the course is a 4 stars:

    This is the first time this course is offered via edX, and there were many technical glitches. But course staff was very responsive, and I assume that these problems will be fixed in future versions of the course.

    The course announcement wasn’t clear about required knowledge and skills to take the course. Most homework requires proficiency in R.

    A positive point was the very active Slack group of students, which helped a lot. (The edX forum, on the other hand, was difficult to use.)

    Bottom line is, this course is extremely interesting, one of the best I have ever taken, very ambitious with the topics covered. You will enjoy the course if you have basic proficiency in R.

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    Kshitij Jhamb

    I am about to complete the course as a verified learner, i found the course content to be very good and very well spread out.

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    >The details covered are very structured and well articulated,sometimes even some small tips from Prof Joel within the videos are very valuable to say the least.

    >TA’s associated with the program are very responsive and are more than willing to answer your doubts , i learned a lot from them .

    > Assignments and tests are usually very hard ,so its fun to look back and see the steep climb you made over the weeks

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    > Video content for some weeks was very limited to only scratching the surface which caused a lot of alternate reading to get the concepts sometimes

    > The course assumes you have a decent knowledge of stats and R, (although a good effort is made by the teaching staff to upload help materials to bring people upto speed as a separate add on part of the course)

    Overall i would recommend this course to anyone who wants to build a solid foundation in analytics.

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    Ashok Kumar

    I found this course to be very well executed. While there were some technical difficulties at times but they were easily compensated by the ever responsive TAs, messaging board, office hours etc.

    The course does a great job of covering a lot of topics. Due to this reason some of the topics feel like glossed over but I guess that is more by design than overlook. If you are a beginner, then you will need to invest a lot of time reading material other than what is discussed in videos / assignments to get a decent understanding of the topics.

    The course require familiarity with R. My R knowledge was rusty and hence I had to spend a lot of time for the first couple of assignments. I think it would be great if the course videos can spend some time in setting the expectations regarding the use of R in assignments.

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