In today’s digital age, all industries depend on data-driven analytical models to analyze historical trends/patterns, improve processes, predict future outcomes, optimize strategies, and uncover business intelligence. Business analytics (BA), covered in this course, is a set of methods, tools, and approaches companies use, is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s workforce. It allows a company to gain a competitive advantage, minimize operational costs, and improve customer satisfaction.
In today’s digital age, all industries depend on data-driven analytical models to analyze historical trends/patterns, improve processes, predict future outcomes, optimize strategies, and uncover business intelligence. Business analytics (BA), a set of methods, tools, and approaches companies use, is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s workforce. It allows a company to gain a competitive advantage, minimize operational costs, and improve customer satisfaction. The demand for professionals with data analytics skillset remained strong even during the economic disruptions and workforce downsizing caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Besides, the BA-related job opportunities are expected to flourish, as the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates over 30% growth, one of the highest, during the next 10 years. Currently, there exists a shortage in the supply of professionals with the necessary analytics skills. This course introduces the core principles, methods, and tools associated with data analytics and provides hands-on training in using popular analytical tools (Python and R). The course covers advanced tools/techniques for data summarization, visualization, predictive modeling, association mining, clustering, and natural language processing. It is organized around the two foundational pillars of data analytics – descriptive analytics and predictive analytics.
Fundamental knowledge of linear algebra, probability, and statistics.
DELIVERY AND ORGANIZATION
100% online, Asynchronous format. The course is delivered through the Canvas LMS.
Due to a wide range of topics covered in this course, the materials have either been developed by the instructor or taken from multiple sources. Therefore, the students are not expected to purchase/follow one particular textbook. The materials provided by the instructor, namely, lecture notes, reading materials, PowerPoint slides, in-class exercises, homework, and case study, is more than sufficient to learn the topics and prepare for the assignments/exams. Students interested in learning more about the topics taught in class can read one of the following references (optional):
Kuhn, M., & Johnson, K. (2013). Applied predictive modeling (Vol. 810). New York: Springer.
Friedman, J., Hastie, T., & Tibshirani, R. (2001). The elements of statistical learning (Vol. 1, pp. 241-249). New York: Springer series in statistics
Upon completing this course, students will be able to:
Understand the fundamentals of data analytics and its engineering applications
Gain quantitative problem-solving skills applicable to any industry (e.g., healthcare, manufacturing, transportation/logistics, etc.)
Develop/deploy state-of-the-art analytical tools for optimizing operational costs, business process efficiency, and service quality
Derive data-driven business intelligence
Overview of Data Analytics
Big Data Analytics
Analytics in decision making
Types of analytics
Tools for data analytics
Introduction to Python Programming
Introduction to R
Install R Studio
Exploratory Analysis and Visualizations
Best practices in analytics
Pivot tables and chart using Excel
Visualizations using Excel
Important functions in Excel
Exploratory Analysis and Visualizations in R
Exploratory Analysis and Visualizations in Python
Introduction to machine learning
Evaluating ML algorithms
Steps in ML
Machine Learning Algorithms in Python
Naïve Bayes Classifier
Machine Learning Algorithms in R
Market Basket Analysis
Association rule mining (ARM)
Implementation in R
Customer Segmentation using Clustering
Clustering using R
Dealing with Unstructured data
Natural Language Processing
Sharan Srinivas, Ph.D.
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Non-credit | 4.5 Continuing Education Units or 45 Continuing Education Hours
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