stat 579

Introduction to Statistical Computing

Fall 2013

Section A (Statistics Graduates) Thursday 12:10–2:00. Gilman 2272

Section B (outside Statistics) Tuesday 12:10–2:00. Snedecor 1105

Section XW tapes based on section A. Due dates by arrangement

Heike Hofmann,
Office hours by arrangement. Snedecor 2413

TA: Eric Hare
Office hour: M 2:10-3. Snedecor 2418


Course syllabus describing objectives, software used, topics and assessment.

Lectures and timetable

Date Lecture and Resources Homework
R Basics & Setting up the Working Environment
Aug 27/29 First steps in R, good working practices.
Sep 3/5 Numeric and Visual Summaries, Data frames & subsets, logical operators Homework #1, due Sep 10/12/16
Sep 10/12 Subsets, Types and Objects Homework #2, due Sep 17/19/23
Data Manipulation
Sep 17/19 Factors Homework #3, due Sep 24/26/30
Sep 24/26 Casting & Plyr Homework #4, due Oct 1/3
Oct 1/3 Functions no homework this week, but make sure to practice!
Fall '09 midterm, Fall '10 midterm
Oct 8/10 Midterm section A (Thursday), Midterm section B (Tuesday) Homework #5, due Oct 15/17/21
Advanced Topics
Oct 15/17 Maps & Time Series Homework #6, due Oct 22/24
Oct 22/24 Interactive Graphics Homework #7, due Oct 29/31
Oct 29/31 Random Numbers, Basic Simulations Homework #8, due Nov 5/7/11; Final Project
Nov 5/7 Regular Expressions & Working with Text Data Homework #9, due Nov 12/14/18
Nov 12/14 Data from the web Homework #10, due Nov 19/21/24, Final Project first stage due
Nov 19/21 Connecting to Databases, mySQL no homework, happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 26/28 Thanksgiving Week
Dec 3/5 Midterm II - with solution
send drafts of projects by email to Heike, Abstract Submission, 2nd midterm exam - practice, 2nd midterm exam (Fall 2012)
Dec 10/12 Project Presentations Give feedback to the presentations
Dec 19, 12-2pm Project Presentations Give feedback to the presentations

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