ST340 Programming for Data Science
ST34015 Programming for Data Science
Introductory description
This module runs in Term 2 and is available for students on a course where it is a listed option and as an Unusual Option to students who have completed the prerequisite module ST221 Linear Statistical Modelling.
There is a cap on student numbers for this module and preregistration is essential. Information about prioritisation and the preregistration form can be found at http://go.warwick.ac.uk/ST340
Module aims
To introduce students to algorithms suitable to the analysis of large datasets. In the modern world it is very easy to generate very large amounts of data. Capturing and exploiting the important information contained within such datasets poses a number of statistical challenges. It may not even be clear how much useful information the data contains. The module will cover a variety of algorithms developed to tackle some of these challenges.
Outline syllabus
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
 Computational Complexity.
 Principal components analysis and singular value decomposition.
 Markov chains and PageRank.
 Clustering, EM algorithm.
 Bandit problems.
 Supervised learning, kNearest neighbours.
 Supervised and unsupervised learning. Penalised regression.
 Support vector machines.
 Artificial neural networks.
 Gaussian processes.
 Parallel and distributed algorithms.
Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
 Understand how to use a variety of practical algorithms when dealing with data analysis problems.
 Use R to implement data analysis algorithms.
 Interpret the output of various algorithms when applied to data sets.
Indicative reading list
View reading list on Talis Aspire
Subject specific skills
TBC
Transferable skills
TBC
Study time
Type  Required  Optional 

Lectures  20 sessions of 1 hour (13%)  2 sessions of 1 hour 
Practical classes  10 sessions of 1 hour (7%)  
Private study  46 hours (31%)  
Assessment  74 hours (49%)  
Total  150 hours 
Private study description
Weekly revision of lecture notes and materials, wider reading, practice exercises and preparing for examination.
Costs
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Assessment group C3
Weighting  Study time  

Assignment 3  17%  25 hours 
You will use R to implement and run algorithms on large datasets in response to a set of questions. You will present, discuss and evaluate the results. The number of words noted below refers to the amount of time in hours that a wellprepared student who has attended lectures and carried out an appropriate amount of independent study on the material could expect to spend on this assignment. 500 words is equivalent to one page of text, diagrams, formula or equations; your ST340 Assignment 3 should not exceed 25 pages in length. 

Assignment 1  16%  24 hours 
You will analyse algorithms. You will use R to implement algorithms in response to a set of questions. You will present, discuss and evaluate the results. The number of words noted below refers to the amount of time in hours that a wellprepared student who has attended lectures and carried out an appropriate amount of independent study on the material could expect to spend on this assignment. 500 words is equivalent to one page of text, diagrams, formula or equations; your ST340 Assignment 1 should not exceed 24 pages in length. 

Assignment 2  17%  25 hours 
You will use R to implement and run algorithms in response to a set of questions. You will present, discuss and evaluate the results. The number of words noted below refers to the amount of time in hours that a wellprepared student who has attended lectures and carried out an appropriate amount of independent study on the material could expect to spend on this assignment. 500 words is equivalent to one page of text, diagrams, formula or equations; your ST340 Assignment 2 should not exceed 25 pages in length. 

Inperson Examination  50%  
The examination paper will contain four questions, of which the best marks of THREE questions will be used to calculate your grade.

Assessment group R2
Weighting  Study time  

Assignment  50%  
You will be asked to complete this assignment if you failed the module and you failed the coursework component of the original assessment. The reassessment will be similar in nature to the original assignments. 500 words is equivalent to one page of text, diagrams, formula or equations; your Assignment should not exceed 25 pages in length. 

Inperson Examination  Resit  50%  
The examination paper will contain four questions, of which the best marks of THREE questions will be used to calculate your grade.

Feedback on assessment
Marked assignments will be available for viewing at the support office within 20 working days of the submission deadline. Cohort level feedback will be provided, and students will be given the opportunity to receive feedback via facetoface meetings.
Cohort level feedback will be provided for the examination.
Courses
This module is Optional for:
 Year 3 of UCSAG4G1 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics
 Year 3 of UCSAG4G3 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics
 Year 4 of UCSAG4G4 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics (with Intercalated Year)
 Year 4 of UCSAG4G2 Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics with Intercalated Year

USTAG300 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics
 Year 3 of G300 Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics
 Year 4 of G300 Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics
This module is Option list A for:

USTAG1G3 Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat)
 Year 3 of G1G3 Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat)
 Year 4 of G1G3 Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat)

USTAG1G4 Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat) (with Intercalated Year)
 Year 4 of G1G4 Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat) (with Intercalated Year)
 Year 5 of G1G4 Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat) (with Intercalated Year)
 Year 3 of USTAGG14 Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc)
 Year 4 of USTAGG17 Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (with Intercalated Year)
 Year 3 of USTAY602 Undergraduate Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics
 Year 4 of USTAY603 Undergraduate Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics,Economics (with Intercalated Year)
This module is Option list B for:
 Year 3 of USTAG302 Undergraduate Data Science
 Year 3 of USTAG304 Undergraduate Data Science (MSci)
 Year 4 of USTAG303 Undergraduate Data Science (with Intercalated Year)
This module is Option list D for:
 Year 4 of USTAG300 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics
 Year 5 of USTAG301 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (with Intercalated
This module is Option list E for:
 Year 4 of USTAG300 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics
 Year 5 of USTAG301 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (with Intercalated
This module is Option list F for:
 Year 3 of USTAG300 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics

USTAG301 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (with Intercalated
 Year 3 of G30H Master of Maths, Op.Res, Stats & Economics (Statistics with Mathematics Stream)
 Year 4 of G30H Master of Maths, Op.Res, Stats & Economics (Statistics with Mathematics Stream)
Catalogue 
Preregistration 
Resources 
Feedback and Evaluation 
Grade Distribution 
Timetable 
You must register for this module using the preregistration form linked above.
Assessments dates for Statistics modules, including coursework and examinations, can be found in the Statistics Assessment Handbook.