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Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science

6.00.2x is an introduction to using computation to understand real-world phenomena.

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Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science
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Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science

6.00.2x is an introduction to using computation to understand real-world phenomena.

Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science
Estimated 9 weeks
14–16 hours per week
Instructor-paced
Instructor-led on a course schedule
Free
Optional upgrade available
This course is archived
Future dates to be announced

About this course

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6.00.2x will teach you how to use computation to accomplish a variety of goals and provides you with a brief introduction to a variety of topics in computational problem solving . This course is aimed at students with some prior programming experience in Python and a rudimentary knowledge of computational complexity. You will spend a considerable amount of time writing programs to implement the concepts covered in the course. For example, you will write a program that will simulate a robot vacuum cleaning a room or will model the population dynamics of viruses replicating and drug treatments in a patient's body.

Topics covered include:

  • Advanced programming in Python 3
  • Knapsack problem, Graphs and graph optimization
  • Dynamic programming
  • Plotting with the pylab package
  • Random walks
  • Probability, Distributions
  • Monte Carlo simulations
  • Curve fitting
  • Statistical fallacies

At a glance

  • Institution: MITx
  • Subject: Computer Science
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Prerequisites:

    6.00.1x or equivalent (some prior programming experience in Python and a rudimentary knowledge of computational complexity)

What you'll learn

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  • Plotting with the pylab package
  • Stochastic programming and statistical thinking
  • Monte Carlo simulations

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What type of computing environment do I need for this course?
    • You need to have a computer running one of the following operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows, version XP or greater (XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7)
    • Apple OSX, version 10.2 or greater
    • Linux - most distributions that have been released within the past two years should work
    • In addition, you will need the ability to download, install, and run software on your computer.
  • Is there a course textbook?
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  • What programming language(s) will this course use?
    • 6.00x will be using the Python programming language, version 3.5.
    • You are not expected to have any prior programming knowledge - this course is intended for students who have little to no experience with any programming language.
  • What is the format of the class?
    • The class will consist of lecture videos, which are broken into small chunks, usually between eight and twelve minutes each. Some of these may contain integrated "check-yourself" questions.
    • There will also be programming assignments and standalone exams/quizzes, which are not part of the video lectures.
  • Will the text of the lectures be available?
    • Yes, transcripts of the course will be made available.
  • Do I need to watch the lectures live?
    • No. You can watch the lectures at your leisure - you do not need to watch the lectures at any set time.
  • How much does it cost to take the course?
    • Nothing: the course is free.

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