Week 1 - Introduction


To do before class

As a way to wet your apetite about the content of the first class, I recommend you:

Additional readings

The contents of this lecture are loosely based on, and explored into further detail, in the following three references :


  1. Anderson, C. (2008). The end of theory: The data deluge makes the scientific method obsolete. Wired Magazine. Updated 6/23/2008), Available at: http://www. wired. com/science/discoveries/magazine/16-07/pb_theory.
  2. Lazer, D., Kennedy, R., King, G., & Vespignani, A. (2014). The Parable of Google Flu: Traps in Big Data Analysis. Science, 343(6176), 1203–1205. http://doi.org/10.1126/science.1248506
  3. Schutt, R., & O’Neil, C. (2013). Doing data science: Straight talk from the frontline. “ O’Reilly Media, Inc.”