Foundations of Computational Data Analysis

Title Foundations of Computational Data Analysis (53110)
Quarter Winter 2020
Instructor Amitabh Chaudhary (

Syllabus Foundations of Computational Data Analysis covers mathematical prerequisites for the Data Analytics Specialization courses in machine learning, and large-scale data analytics (MPCS 53111 and 53112):  basic statistics and linear algebra.  Topics in statistics include discrete and continuous random variables, discrete and continuous probability distributions, variance, covariance, correlation, sampling and distribution of the mean and standard deviation of a sample, central limit theorem, confidence intervals, maximum likelihood estimators, and hypothesis testing.  Topics in linear algebra include Gaussian elimination, matrix transpose and matrix inverse, eigenvectors and eigenvalues, and singular value decompositions.  The languages Python and R will be used for implementation, analysis, and visualization.
Prerequisites (Courses)

B+ or above in MPCS 50103 Math for Computer Science or passing the Discrete Math placement exam
B+ or above in MPCS 55001 Algorithms (completed or taking concurrently)
B+ or above in MPCS 51042 Python Programming (or in the core programming requirement with prior knowledge of Python)

Prerequisites (Other)

Core Programming; Univariate Calculus and Basic Multivariate Calculus (double integrals, partial derivatives).


Data Analytics Specialization (


Wednesday 5:30-8:30pm


JCL 390