# Statistical Thinking for Data Science and Analytics (edX)

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Self Paced
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Certification
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High School Math. Some exposure to computer programming.
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Learn how statistics plays a central role in the data science approach. This statistics and data analysis course will pave the statistical foundation for our discussion on data science. You will learn how data scientists exercise statistical thinking in designing data collection, derive insights from visualizing data, obtain supporting evidence for data-based decisions and construct models for predicting future trends from data.

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What you'll learn:

- Data collection, analysis and inference

- Data classification to identify key traits and customers

- Conditional Probability-How to judge the probability of an event, based on certain conditions

- How to use Bayesian modeling and inference for forecasting and studying public opinion

- Basics of Linear Regression

- Data Visualization: How to create use data to create compelling graphics

This course is part of the Data Science for Executives Professional Certificate.

### Course Syllabus

Week 1 – Introduction to Data Science

Week 2 – Statistical Thinking

- Examples of Statistical Thinking

- Numerical Data, Summary Statistics

- From Population to Sampled Data

- Different Types of Biases

- Introduction to Probability

- Introduction to Statistical Inference

Week 3 – Statistical Thinking 2

- Association and Dependence

- Association and Causation

- Conditional Probability and Bayes Rule

- Introduction to Linear Regression

- Special Regression Models

Week 4 – Exploratory Data Analysis and Visualization

Goals of statistical graphics and data visualization

Graphs of Data

Graphs of Fitted Models

Graphs to Check Fitted Models

What makes a good graph?

Principles of graphics

Week 5 – Introduction to Bayesian Modeling

Bayesian inference: combining models and data in a forecasting problem

Bayesian hierarchical modeling for studying public opinion

Bayesian modeling for Big Data

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