Data Science is not a set of tools. Data Science (DS) is a performance of five stances. The performance is an iterative (back and forth) process through several distinct activities.

I will rarely do such a “performance” in class; there isn’t enough time. Instead, I will show you pieces of the performance in class (“isolated exercises”). You will practice these pieces of the performance.

With your group, you will practice putting these pieces together into a coherent project (i.e. performing data science). You will be expected to provide feedback to other groups; if you do not understand something, asking “why did you do that?” typically helps the presenter more than the asker. “How did you do that?” is also a good question (compress the reproducibility instructions!).

Many of your classmates already excel in one or more pieces of the performance. You should pay particular attention to them.

We have 45 hours together.