Data over Space and Time (36-467/667)

Fall 2018

Cosma Shalizi
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30--11:50, Posner Main Auditorium

This course is an introduction to the opportunities and challenges of analyzing data from processes unfolding over space and time. It will cover basic descriptive statistics for spatial and temporal patterns; linear methods for interpolating, extrapolating, and smoothing spatio-temporal data; basic nonlinear modeling; and statistical inference with dependent observations. Class work will combine practical exercises in R, some mathematics of the underlying theory, and case studies analyzing real problems from various fields (economics, history, meteorology, ecology, etc.). Depending on available time and class interest, additional topics may include: statistics of Markov and hidden-Markov (state-space) models; statistics of point processes; simulation and simulation-based inference; agent-based modeling; dynamical systems theory.

Course description and logistics are tentative and may change!

Co-requisite: For undergraduates taking the course as 36-467, 36-401. For graduate students taking the course as 36-667, consent of the professor.

Note: Graduate students must register for the course as 36-667; if the system does let you sign up for 36-467, you will be dropped from the roster.

This webpage will serve as the class syllabus (once it's fleshed out). Course materials (notes, homework assignments, etc.) will be posted here, as available.