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2016-08-23 Welcome

posted Aug 24, 2016, 11:42 AM by Steve Van Hooser

Hi all -


Welcome to Bio107a: Data analysis and statistics workshop. The course is structured very differently from most courses, and I wanted to say a few words of introduction.


1) There is almost no lecture. Class time is dedicated to going through self-guided "Labs" that teach you the basic principles of computer programming and data analysis in Matlab. Homework and Team Projects round out the course. The majority of classes are like "office hours"; you go through the material, and the director and/or TAs are right there to explain things that don't make sense. Or you can ask questions about the homework or projects.


2) This class is a lot of work. This class involves a lot of homework and team projectors that need to be completed on a schedule. There is abundant help from the director and TAs, but it is very important to start the assignments early, because the answers are quantitative. One can't just write a few sentences and hope for the best; your code has to work. There is no "busy work", all of the assignments reflect learning goals, but the fact is, this class requires more hours of work than a typical course. During the team projects, other people will be depending on your timely contributions. Buckle up! You'll have help, but you've got to be willing to put in the hours. (The upside to all of this is that students have reported that they learn a lot more than a typical course.)


3) We are constantly doing experiments with our teaching, and this year we have a couple new additions. We are in the process of designing several "worksheet" style handouts that you can work with pencil and paper in order to prepare for some of the labs. These will not be collected (the answers will be provided), but you are encouraged to go through them on your own at the appropriate times (we will tell you). In addition, we are making a few video demos that re-visit topics in the labs, in order to help the concepts sink in. We will be asking for your help and feedback in all aspects of the course, but, in particular, the new elements.


4) Before the first class, please try our first handout: the Bio107a warmup


Best wishes

Steve


2016-08-29 Welcome

posted Aug 6, 2015, 6:29 PM by Steve Van Hooser   [ updated Jul 22, 2016, 1:13 PM by Stephen Van Hooser ]

Welcome to Data Analysis and Statistics Workshop!

  1. Please take a seat in the computing cluster, and choose your operating system (Mac OS X or Windows). 
  2. Launch a web browser and go to our course:  http://sites.google.com/site/brandeisbiol107a
  3. Click to answer our brief Past Experience form
  4. Launch the program Matlab
  5. Start working on Lab 1.1

2015-09-29 Means through sampling

posted Sep 22, 2012, 7:39 AM by Steve Van Hooser   [ updated Aug 6, 2015, 6:27 PM ]

  1. Learning the mean of a distribution through sampling:
  2. Problem set 1.2 due today
  3. Problem set 1.3 is up on the website
  4. Today let's work on Lab 1.7

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