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Data Science Research Methods: Python Edition


Get hands-on experience with the science and research aspects of data science work, from setting up a proper data study to making valid claims and inferences from data experiments.

About This Course

This course is part of the Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Science and Microsoft Professional Program in Artificial Intelligence.

Data scientists are often trained in the analysis of data. However, the goal of data science is to produce a good understanding of some problem or idea and build useful models on this understanding. Because of the principle of “garbage in, garbage out,” it is vital that a data scientist know how to evaluate the quality of information that comes into a data analysis. This is especially the case when data are collected specifically for some analysis (e.g., a survey).

In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of the research process—from developing a good question to designing good data collection strategies to putting results in context. Although a data scientist may often play a key part in data analysis, the entire research process must work cohesively for valid insights to be gleaned.

Developed as a powerful and flexible language used in everything from Data Science to cutting-edge and scalable Artificial Intelligence solutions, Python has become an essential tool for doing Data Science and Machine Learning. With this edition of Data Science Research Methods, all of the labs are done with Python, while the videos are language-agnostic. If you prefer your Data Science to be done with R, please see Data Science Research Methods: R Edition.

What you'll learn

After completing this course, you will be familiar with the following concepts and techniques:

  • Data analysis and inference
  • Data science research design
  • Experimental data analysis and modeling

Prerequisites

To complete this course successfully, you should have:

  • A basic knowledge of math
  • Some programming experience – Python is preferred.
  • A willingness to learn through self-paced study.

Course Syllabus

  • The Research Process
  • Planning for Analysis
  • Research Claims
  • Measurement
  • Correlational and Experimental Design

Note: This syllabus is preliminary and subject to change.

Meet the instructors

Ben Olsen

Ben Olsen

Sr. Content Developer
Microsoft

Ben is a Sr. Content Developer for Microsoft's Learning and Readiness team, and is an analytics professional and educator with over 8 years of industry and managerial experience. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ben ran and directed multiple consulting firms, where he also held critical analytics roles in companies as diverse as Juniper Networks, Costco, and T-Mobile. He has taught Data Visualization at The University of Washington, and recently founded Seattle Pacific University's Analytics Certificate Program.

Tom Carpenter

Tom Carpenter

Data Science and Research
Consultant

Tom Carpenter is a freelance data science and research consultant and owner of Tom Carpenter PhD Consulting. Tom has a PhD in Social Psychology from Baylor University (doctoral minor in statistics). Tom has worked for several years as a freelance research consultant and statistician with several companies and research organizations, and he also teaches research and statistics. Tom’s passion is helping people hear the story in their data and to draw sound statistical inferences from that data.

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