6.S077 Introduction to Data Science


Units: 4-0-8
Prerequisites: 6.041A
Instructor:  Professors Yury Polyanskiy (yp@mit.edu), Devavrat Shah (devavrat@mit.edu)
Schedule:  Lec TR1-2:30, room 32-144; Recs: F11, room 36-156; F1, room 36-144;  F2, room 36-144
Subject Description
Introduction to the methodological foundations of data science, emphasizing basic concepts, but also modern methodologies. Learning of distributions and their parameters. Testing of multiple hypotheses. Linear and nonlinear regression and prediction. Classification. Learning of dynamical models. Uncertainty quantification. Model validation. Causal inference. Applications and case studies drawn from electrical engineering, computer science, the life sciences, finance, and social networks.