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Northwestern’s Big Data Initiative, Programming Bootcamp

Modified: November 21, 2014

Analysis of digital data in its many formats (structured and unstructured text, time series, images, and movies) is increasing in importance as a way to develop new knowledge. The ability to write specialized code for collecting, processing, and analyzing data is thus becoming crucial to those working with data, whether in academia, industry, government, or NGOs.

Northwestern's Big Data Initiative wants to enable members of Northwestern's community to independently pursue new opportunities made available by growing repositories of digital data. In order to accomplish this goal, there will be an intensive (9am to 5pm) one-week Programming Bootcamp offered at the Evanston Campus during the week of September 8-12.The Bootcamp will introduce the following topics:
  • Day 1: Preparing a laptop for code development (installing gcc, python, mercurial, etc)
  • Day 2: Basic programming in Python using iPython (data structures, flow control, error messages)
  • Day 3: Basic software development in Python using PyCharm CE (coding for readability, code refactoring, version control)
  • Day 4: Basic object-oriented programming and simple algorithms
  • Day 5: Plotting data and statistical analysis with Python

The Bootcamp will be open to current doctoral students, medical students, MD/PhDs, postdocs, research fellows, and faculty. Participation will be limited to 100 participants. No prior programming experience is needed but interested individuals must register by August 31st.

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