Data Science: Visualization Bootcamp

This facilitated Bootcamp enables you to complete the standard Data Science: Visualization course in less time! Rapidly develop skills you need to leverage data to reveal valuable insights and advance your career.
• Live Instructor Q&A Sessions
• Learner Success Coach support
• Peer Learning Community
• Career guidance with an experienced Data Scientist

1 Week 8 - 16 Hours per week recommended
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What is a Bootcamp?

Our facilitated bootcamps focus on rapid skill acquisition by progressing you through a standard course on an accelerated schedule with peers who are committed to progressing on pace. Our bootcamps include:

  • Live kick-off event
  • Instructor facilitated Q&A for expert feedback and coaching
  • Learner Success Support: welcome call, advising sessions, personalized pace reminders
  • 24/7 help desk

About this course

This bootcamp covers the basics of data visualization and exploratory data analysis. We will use three motivating examples and ggplot2; a data visualization package for the statistical programming language R. We will start with simple datasets and then graduate to case studies about world health, economics, and infectious disease trends in the United States.

We’ll also be looking at how mistakes, biases, systematic errors, and other unexpected problems often lead to data that should be handled with care.

The fact that it can be difficult or impossible to notice a mistake within a dataset makes data visualization particularly important. The growing availability of informative datasets and software tools has led to increased reliance on data visualizations across many areas. Data visualization provides a powerful way to communicate data-driven findings, motivate analyses, and detect flaws.

This course can be used towards completion of a Professional Certificate in Data Science.

What you will learn

  • Data visualization principles
  • How to communicate data-driven findings
  • How to use ggplot2 to create custom plots
  • The weaknesses of several widely used plots and why you should avoid them

Meet your instructors

Rafael Irizarry

Rafael Irizarry

Professor of Biostatistics at Harvard University
Rafael Irizarry is a Professor of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Professor of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. For the past 15 years, Dr. Irizarry’s research has focused on the analysis of genomics data. During this time, he has also has taught several classes, all related to applied statistics. Dr. Irizarry is one of the founders of the Bioconductor Project, an open source and open development software project for the analysis of genomic data. His publications related to these topics have been highly cited and his software implementations widely downloaded.

Leonardo Palomera

Leonardo Palomera, through his professional and academic experiences, has become a specialist in data analytics for a variety of subjects including education, statistics, economics, and finance. Currently Leonardo works as a Data Scientist with Pearson Advance to support our goal of personalizing support that leads to high course completion rates. Additionally, Leonardo has held teaching positions at University of Southern California (USC), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Denver, and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). His goal is to empower students to gain the knowledge and skills they need to conduct robust analytics on a host of real-world problems.

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Pacing

Instructor-paced