860-0033-00L  Big Data for Public Policy

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersE. Ash, M. Guillot
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentOnly for MSc STP, MSc CIS, PhD students D-GESS and D-MTEC.
STP students have priority.



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
860-0033-00 GBig Data for Public Policy2 hrs
Tue13-15UNO B 11 »
E. Ash, M. Guillot

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AbstractThis course provides an introduction to big data methods for public policy analysis. Students will put these techniques to work on a course project using real-world data, to be designed and implemented in consultation with the instructors.
Objective
ContentMany policy problems involve prediction. For example, a budget office might want to predict the number of applications for benefits payments next month, based on labor market conditions this month. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the "big data" techniques for making such predictions. These techniques include:

-- procuring big datasets, especially through web scraping or API interfaces, including social media data;
-- pre-processing and dimension reduction of massive datasets for tractable computation;
-- machine learning for predicting outcomes, including how to select and tune the model, evaluate model performance using held-out test data, and report results;
-- interpreting machine learning model predictions to understand what is going on inside the black box;
-- data visualization including interactive web apps.

Students will put these techniques to work on a course project using real-world data, to be designed and implemented in consultation with the instructors.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersE. Ash, M. Guillot
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

Learning materials

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Groups

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Restrictions

PlacesLimited number of places. Special selection procedure.
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupDoctorate Management, Technology, and Economics (364002)
Science, Technology and Policy MSc (860000)
Comparative and International Studies MA (863100)
Doctorate Humanities, Social & Political Sciences (864002)
Waiting listuntil 28.02.2020
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 21.02.2020

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ProgrammeSectionType
Comparative and International Studies MasterElectivesWInformation
Doctoral Department of Humanities, Social and Political SciencesDoctoral and Post-Doctoral CoursesW+Information
Science, Technology, and Policy MasterSocial SciencesOInformation