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Big Data: Measuring And Predicting Human Behaviour

The University of Warwick via FutureLearn

Overview

Unlock the data driven power of networked computer systems and smart cards.

Everything we do generates data, from shopping at the supermarket, riding on public transport, to phoning a friend. This data is opening up a new era for our understanding of human behaviour, policy making and business processes which depend upon this understanding. Research shows how data can give us insight into the risk of an upcoming stock market crash; decrease delays in measuring the spread of illness; or even allow us to predict where crimes may occur. 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.

The course is designed to be accessible to all.

To participate in the exercises that start in Week 2 you will need to install the free software ‘R’ and ‘RStudio’. Practical skills are taught via video in a walkthrough fashion, with both video tutorial and written instructions describing and demonstrating the simple steps learners should follow. Learners will also need to make sure they have a (free) Google account to access and download raw data. These exercises are not a requirement of the course, but will provide you with knowledge needed for the tests.

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  • Cameron

    Cameron is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Very interactive and engaging course. This is the first course I've ever taken where the comment section is not about students asking questions, but more about students reflecting on what they learn, areas where big data can be used, and the potential...
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