Join us to explore how the vast amounts of data generated today can help us understand and even predict how humans behave. The course “Big Data: Measuring and Predicting Human Behavior” will help you understand and unlock the power of these new datasets. You will gain an overview of the state of the art in big data research across a range of domains, including economics, crime and health.
Big Data: Measuring and Predicting Human Behavior Course Content
The course is broken down into nine weeks: eight weeks of study with a break for reflection in Week 5. Each week contains a sequence of individual steps for you to complete. You will be learning by watching videos as well as reading materials and articles, taking part in discussion activities, and a weekly quiz.
The course includes the following topics:
- What is big data?
- Measuring and predicting behavior with big data
- Big data and the stock markets
- Big data, crime and conflict
- Big data and health
- Big data and happiness
- Big data, mobility and disasters
You will also acquire some basic practical skills for data science:
- Writing basic programs in R;
- Creating basic data visualizations;
- Carrying out simple analyses.
By the end of the course, you will be able to find out and analyse what people have been looking for on Google and Wikipedia.
- The free software ‘R’ and ‘RStudio’ installed on your computer.
- A free Google account to access and download raw data.
Summary of Main Course Features
- Lead Educators: Suzy Moat and Tobias Preis;
- Publisher: University of Warwick;
- Starts: 7 March 2016;
- Duration: 9 weeks x 4 hours per week;
- Certificates available;