CAS 992 Class Schedule

The first week of class is an introduction and high-level overview of big data research. The next 7 weeks are focused on learning 3 specific technical skills: databases, parsing, and creating your own measure. In the final seven weeks we focus on challenges that arise when analyzing big data, and on working on your own big data project.

This schedule is tentative and may change at any time; please check back here often for updates.

Week Topic Assignment Due Discussion Leads Reading(s)
Aug 29 What is Big Data?     None
Sep 5 SQL Part 1: Queries SQL Queries    
Sep 12 SQL Part 2: Storage and Normalization DB Structure    
Sep 19 Parsing 1: Basic Programming Programming    
Sep 26 Parsing 2: APIs, data structures, and big-O Data Structures    
Oct 3 Parsing 3: Text parsing and regular expression Parsing    
Oct 10 Creating your own measure 1: Cleaning Cleaning    
Oct 17 Creating your own measure 2: Munging Munging    
Oct 24 Sampling and Finding your Data Presentation No one Cacioppo et al. and Wash
Oct 31 Data Management Presentation Brigitte, Kate Rader and Wash and Adamic et al.
Nov 7 Describing your Data Presentation Joseph, CK Bakshy et al. and Naaman et al.
Nov 14 Multiple Comparisons Presentation Sandy, Tian Gilbert and Karahalios and Bernstein et al.
Nov 21 Visualizing Data Presentation Wenjuan, Jina Starbird et al. and Ugander et al.
Nov 28 No Class - Thanksgiving     None
Dec 5 Network Analysis and Text Analysis Presentation Alex, Jan Anderson and boyd and Crawford
Exam Week None Final Paper None None