Data Analysis and Visualization


About this course

Much data is quantitative, and there is a wide range of methods available for the analysis of such data. After a brief introduction to data types and normalisation, a number of visualisation methods will be discussed. Next, methods will be introduced to find groups (clustering), dependencies (regression), significant differences between conditions (hypothesis testing) and to predict classes (classification). In addition, ways of assessing the relevance of findings and of interpreting results will be discussed. Students will learn to apply all these methods in practice in R.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • describe qualitatively a number of analysis methods from statistics, clustering, and classification;
  • apply the correct normalization and visualization methods given specific data types and research questions;
  • implement quantitative analysis methods for a specific dataset in R scripts;
  • interpret analysis results and their statistical significance and relevance through observation;
  • assess the outcome of data analysis with different parameters and settings using appropriate measures and visualization methods;
  • select the appropriate analysis methods to answer a given domain-specific research question.

Teaching method and examination

Final marks will be based on the marks obtained for the projects in each block (25%), as well as the marks obtained for the final project (25%) and the final examination with open questions (50%). For the final project and the final examination, the marks obtained should be at least a 5.50. Re-doing projects from each block is not possible. In case the final mark is not sufficient to pass, the final project and the final examination can be re-sit. Partial grades for the final project and the final exam are valid until and including the academic year following on the year in which they were obtained.

Required prior knowledge

Assumed Knowledge:
BIF50806 Practical Computing for Biologists or INF22306 Programming in Python

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  • Start date

    28 oktober 2024

    • Ends
      20 december 2024
    • Term *
      Period 2
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