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As part of the 2018 Charlottesville Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference, we are offering two skill sessions on key topics in data science. 

They will run concurrently from 1:00-2:15 p.m., so WiDS registrants may only attend one. You can select a skills session when you register for the WiDS conference.

  • Introductory Skills Session: Workshop in R

Instructor: Marieke K Jones, PhD Research Data Specialist, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia

Description: This workshop is directed towards conference participants who want an overview of the statistical computing programming language R. Complete beginners are welcome!

This hands-on workshop will introduce R in the context of its data manipulation and visualization capabilities. Via interactive demonstrations and hands-on exercises, attendees will learn how to import data, create data summaries, and generate data visualizations. Attendees are asked to bring a laptop with the following 3 things installed: R, RStudio, and the tidyverse package.

Click here for a video on how to install an R package.

  • Intermediate Skills Session: Workshop in Machine Learning

Instructor: Charlotte Blais, Data Analyst, IBM

Description: Please join members of IBM's Advanced Analytics group for a discussion of linear and nonlinear approaches to predictive modeling. This workshop will touch on aspects of the modeling process including feature engineering, data visualization, and model selection. Class participants will ultimately work in groups to predict the likelihood of individual passenger survival in the  notorious 1912 Titanic shipwreck.

Attendees are asked to bring a laptop with RStudio installed.