Date(s) - 01/24/2020 - 02/07/2020
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


3910 15th Ave NE
Seattle WA

Photo of Jose Manuel MagallanesDirector:
Jose Manuel Magallanes, PhD
Visiting Professor at Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
eScience Institute Senior Data Science Fellow
Professor and Director of the Social Complexity Lab (GICS), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru

Course Description:
The University of Washington eScience Institute offers this winter school for policy, social and management scholars. This course is open to students and lecturers in Global/Public Health, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Social Work, International Relations and Business Management departments who are interested in developing basic skills and knowledge of the tools used in data science.

There are no prerequisites to take this course and there is no credit offered. Faculty, undergraduate students and graduate students are welcome to apply.

Registration has closed. The deadline to apply was January 4th. Application decisions were made by January 15th.

Class 1: Friday, January 24th (9 am – 1:00 pm)
Python and Jupyter: This class will give an overview of Python simple data structures (list, tuple and dictionary). The emphasis will on the data cleaning and pre-processing capabilities, as well on some basic data scrapping. The output of the session will be a file to be used in R for statistical work.

Class 2: Friday, January 31st (9 am – 1:00 pm)
R and RStudio: This class will introduce students to R programming language. It will focus on its capabilities for statistical computing and visualization.

Class 3: Friday, February 7th (9 am – 1:00 pm)
Reproducible Environments: This last class will organize the work done in the previous sessions. It will teach students how to combine R and tools like Latex (for document management), Github (for organizing data repositories) and Zotero (to manage references) to prepare a reproducible paper or blog post.

Office hours for this course:
Mondays – January 27th, February 3rd, February 10th (9 am – 12 pm)

* The school requests accepted participants to bring their own laptop.
* Participants are required to attend all the Friday/Saturday classes. Monday tutoring/office hours are optional.

This 2020 Winter School is offered free of charge thanks to the support of the eScience Institute and its funding partners.