Encounters with big data: An introduction to using big data in the social sciences

31 July - 4 August 2017
Essex Business School, University of Essex

This 5-day course run by the UK Data Service will introduce key concepts and discussions around using big data in the social sciences, and introduce attendees to Apache Hadoop, an open source framework for analysing big data. This course will focus on quantitative data and will not cover in any detail text, social media, audio or other forms of non-numeric data. This course is part of the IADS Big Data and Analytics Summer School.

Level: Introductory

Experience/knowledge required: Experience using quantitative research data in the social sciences. A good understanding of statistical methodology and concepts like standard error and standard deviation. Competence in writing commands in a statistical computing environment like Stata, R or SPSS.

Target audience: Aimed at experienced researchers, statisticians, or data managers


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