Use statistical learning to solve real-world business problems.
8 weeks, excluding
7–10 hours per week,
The ability to apply data science and analysis solutions to business situations and analyse raw data and present it effectively in a visualisation.
The tools to build and modify robust models, using techniques such as regularisation, to help you solve business problems.
A practical grounding in Jupyter Notebook, one of the most widely used notebooks in data science.
A certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town (UCT), Africa’s leading university,1 as validation of your new data science and analysis skill set.
1 QS Top Universities (Jun, 2019).
Over the duration of this online short course, you’ll work your way through the following modules:
Assess your knowledge of Python in preparation for this course with our readiness test. The test will gauge your competencies in mathematics and statistics, as well as your understanding of relevant programming languages.
Lecturer, Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Cape Town
Pienaar is a postdoctoral fellow at UCT where he convenes the postgraduate diploma in entrepreneurship. He obtained a BSc in financial mathematics at the University of Johannesburg and subsequently completed a postgraduate diploma in actuarial science, and an honours in statistics at UCT. He then obtained a master’s, as well as a PhD, in statistics. Although his research focuses primarily on the analysis of non-linear jump diffusion processes and the development of computationally scientific techniques (and accompanying software packages), he has strong interests in machine learning and risk valuation for financial instruments.
Jean-Paul Van Belle
Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Centre for Information Technology and National Development in Africa at the University of Cape Town
Van Belle has written over 120 published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of service-oriented architecture, unified communications within businesses, open source software, mobile computing, and information and communication technologies for development. In 2012, he established the UCT-Samsung Mobile Innovation Lab at UCT.
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