This is the course website for MATH/CSCI 485 - Advanced Data Science course taught by Dr. Robin Donatello in Spring 2020 at California State University, Chico. This landing page is used for posting of regular announcements and information for students of the class.

This course aims to help students navigate the evolving and murky waters of the Data Science landscape. We do so by not only providing training in advanced programming and technical skills, but also by providing opportunities for collaboration with other disciplines and reflection on how Data Science impacts human society.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all classes will be held online for the remainder of the semseter.

05-05-2020 Week 15: Tree based models & Ethics

04-28-2020 Week 14: Tree based models & Ethics

04-21-2020 Week 13: Resampling methods - Application

04-14-2020 Week 12: Resampling methods - Theory

Thursday Update to week 12 notes. Pushing bootstrap back to next week. Work on data and methods slides today. Class is optional.

04-07-2020 Week 11: Classification methods

03-31-2020 Week 10: Text processing, sentiment

03-24-2020 Week 9: Introduction to Natural Language Processing

03-10-2020 Week 8: Translating a scientific question to a data analysis plan.

Crazy week with COVID-19 ramp up. See Google Drive for class notes.

Update - these have been moved into lecture notes. See the materials page.

03-03-2020 Week 7: Statistical Learning

There are supplemental videos and slides for the ISLR textbook. Links are on the materials page. Me passively lecturing is not the best way for you to learn. I am trying to include you all in as much of the learning process as possible.

We will not cover ISLR Chapter 3: Linear Regression in much detail, as that is one of the main topics in 456. This however is a GREAT chapter to read for a different perspective/approach to regression. ⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐. Highly recommmend.

02-25-2020 Week 6: Case Studies in Data Science

Examples in Data Science - You will share your case study/chapter in DDS with the rest of the class. - Prepare to only talk for 7-10 minutes on your chosen chapter/case study. If you have more info to share, consider writing up your notes in HackMD and we can add it to our shared notes files.

02-18-2020 Week 5: Doing Data Science

02-11-2020 Week 4: POLS Twitter analysis project


This week we will explore the following questions:

02-04-2020 Week 3: POLS Twitter analysis project

Thursday I will be in a teaching demo from 2-2:50pm. You are expected to come to class and work together. I will come check in with you all when that class is over.

01-28-2020 Week 2: What is Data Science?

01-21-2020 Week 1: Welcome to Spring 20!

This course website contains all materials except the textbooks for this class. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the organization. You will be here a lot. Bookmark this page.

Invitations to a Slack workspace will have been sent out to your email address.