78075 - Methods for Data Analysis

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to deliver skills related to usage of data analysis tools and tecniques both in descriptive and inferential statistics. At the end of the course the student will be able to use for basic tasks one of the most common data analysis softwares. Moreover, the student will know and will be able to critically apply the main tools for descriptive and inferential statistics for both the univariate and the two or more populations case. The lab activity is aimed at improving autonomy of the students about data management.

Course contents

Introduction to R and RStudio.

Arithmetics, mathematics and logic in R. Data structures in R.

Creation and management of variables and dataframes. Data importing.

Descriptive analysis of data and graphical representations.

Statistical inference for the mean of a gaussian population and for a proportion.

Comparison of means of two population.

Linear regression.


The following books are freely available on the internet.

Wickham, Hadley, and Grolemund, Garrett. R for Data Science: Import, Tidy, Transform, Visualize, and Model Data. Stati Uniti, O'Reilly Media, 2016. https://r4ds.had.co.nz

Måns Thulin, Modern statistics with R, 2021. http://modernstatisticswithr.com/

Teaching methods

Class lectures.

Each student will need to bring his/her own laptop after installing R and RStudio in this order:

install R from http://cran.r-project.org/

install RStudio from http://rstudio.org/download/desktop

Assessment methods

The exam will be a practical test of data analysis in a computer laboratory.

Grading policy

insufficient <18; sufficient 18-23; good 24-27; very good 28-30; excellent 30 cum laude.

Teaching tools


Students with disability or specific learning disabilities (DSA) are required to make their condition known to find the best possibile accomodation to their needs.

Office hours

See the website of Pier Giovanni Bissiri