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SOCR News & Events: 2021 ISI/WSC Training and Education Bootcamp on Data Science and Predictive Analytics (DSPA)

2021 ISI World Statistical Congress


Ivo Dinov, University of Michigan, SOCR, MIDAS.
Dr. Dinov is a professor of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences and Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Michigan Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics (MCAIM) and a core member of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Dinov serves as Director of the Statistics Online Computational Resource, Co-Director of the Center for Complexity and Self-management of Chronic Disease (CSCD Center), Co-Director of the multi-institutional Probability Distributome Project, Associate Director of the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), and Associate Director of the Michigan Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP). He is a member of the American Statistical Association (ASA), International Association for Statistical Education (IASE), American Mathematical Society (AMS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and an Elected Member of the Institutional Statistical Institute (ISI).

Session Logistics


This course will be based on a Data Science and Predictive Analytics (DSPA) course I teach at the University of Michigan. The training will provide intermediate to advanced learners with a solid data science foundation to address challenges related to collecting, managing, processing, interrogating, analyzing and interpreting complex health and biomedical datasets using R. Participants will gain skills and acquire a tool-chest of methods, software tools, and protocols that can be applied to a broad spectrum of Big Data problems.

Before diving into the mathematical algorithms, statistical computing methods, software tools, and health analytics, we will discuss a number of driving motivational problems. These will ground all the subsequent scientific discussions, data modeling, and computational approaches.


Assumed prior knowledge includes: Completed undergraduate study with quantitative STEM exposure, some quantitative training, programming experience, and high-level of energy and motivation to learn. Preinstalled R and RStudio on user local client computer.


This course is based on active-learning and integrates driving motivational challenges with mathematical foundations, computational statistics, and modern scientific inference.


The training aims to provide effective, reliable, reproducible, and transformative data-driven discovery supporting open-science.

Strategic priorities

Trainees will develop scientific intuition, computational skills, and data-wrangling abilities to tackle Big biomedical and health data problems. Instructors will provide well-documented R-scripts and software recipes implementing atomic data-filters as well as complex end-to-end predictive big data analytics solutions.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants are expected to have moderate competency in at least two of each of the three competency areas: Algorithms and Applications, Data Management, and Analysis Methods. Specifically, participants will get end-to-end R-protocols, gain ML/AI algorithm knowledge, explore data validation, wrangling, and visualization, experiment with statistical inference and model-free Machine Learning tools.

Areas Competency Expectation Notes
Algorithms and Applications Tools Working knowledge of basic software tools (command-line, GUI based, or web-services) Familiarity with statistical programming languages, e.g., R or SciKit/Python, and database querying languages, e.g., SQL or NoSQL
Algorithms Knowledge of core principles of scientific computing, applications programming, API’s, algorithm complexity, and data structures Best practices for scientific and application programming, efficient implementation of matrix linear algebra and graphics, elementary notions of computational complexity, user-friendly interfaces, string matching
Application Domain Data analysis experience from at least one application area, either through coursework, internship, research project, etc. Applied domain examples include: computational social sciences, health sciences, business and marketing, learning sciences, transportation sciences, engineering and physical sciences
Data Management Data validation & visualization Curation, Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) and visualization Data provenance, validation, visualization via histograms, Q-Q plots, scatterplots (ggplot, Dashboard, D3.js)
Data wrangling Skills for data normalization, data cleaning, data aggregation, and data harmonization/registration Data imperfections include missing values, inconsistent string formatting (‘2016-01-01’ vs. ‘01/01/2016’, PC/Mac/Linux time vs. timestamps, structured vs. unstructured data
Data infrastructure Handling databases, web-services, Hadoop, multi-source data Data structures, SOAP protocols, ontologies, XML, JSON, streaming
Analysis Methods Statistical inference Basic understanding of bias and variance, principles of (non)parametric statistical inference, and (linear) modeling Biological variability vs. technological noise, parametric (likelihood) vs non-parametric (rank order statistics) procedures, point vs. interval estimation, hypothesis testing, regression
Study design and diagnostics Design of experiments, power calculations and sample sizing, strength of evidence, p-values, False Discovery Rates Multistage testing, variance normalizing transforms, histogram equalization, goodness-of-fit tests, model overfitting, model reduction
Machine Learning Dimensionality reduction, k-nearest neighbors, random forests, AdaBoost, kernelization, SVM, ensemble methods, CNN Empirical risk minimization. Supervised, semi-supervised, and unsupervised learning. Transfer learning, active learning, reinforcement learning, multiview learning, instance learning


The Data Science and Predictive Analytics textbook is divided into the following 23 chapters, each progressively building on the previous content.

  1. Motivation
  2. Foundations of R
  3. Managing Data in R
  4. Data Visualization
  5. Linear Algebra & Matrix Computing
  6. Dimensionality Reduction
  7. Lazy Learning: Classification Using Nearest Neighbors
  8. Probabilistic Learning: Classification Using Naive Bayes
  9. Decision Tree Divide and Conquer Classification
  10. Forecasting Numeric Data Using Regression Models
  11. Black Box Machine-Learning Methods: Neural Networks and Support Vector Machines
  12. Apriori Association Rules Learning
  13. k-Means Clustering
  14. Model Performance Assessment
  15. Improving Model Performance
  16. Specialized Machine Learning Topics
  17. Variable/Feature Selection
  18. Regularized Linear Modeling and Controlled Variable Selection
  19. Big Longitudinal Data Analysis
  20. Natural Language Processing/Text Mining
  21. Prediction and Internal Statistical Cross Validation
  22. Function Optimization
  23. Deep Learning, Neural Networks



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