QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS CENTER

2019-2020

**Advisory Board:**

Francis Starr, *Professor of Physics, Chair*

Erika Franklin Fowler,

*Associate Professor of Government*

Daniel Krizanc,

*Professor of Computer Science*

Manolis Kaparakis,

*Director of Centers for Advanced Computing,*

**ex officio**David Baird,

*Vice President for Information Technology and CIO*

Marc Eisner,

*Professor of Government and Dean of the Social Science*

Diane Klare,

*Head of Research Services, Olin Memorial Library*

**Department/Program Description**

The Quantitative Analysis Center (QAC) coordinates support for quantitative analysis across the curriculum and provides an institutional framework for collaboration across departments and disciplines in the area of data analysis. Through its programs, it facilitates the integration of quantitative teaching and research activities and provides experiential learning opportunities in statistical computing across academic fields and disciplines. The Center contributes to the development of digital and computational studies initiatives, sponsors data analysis labs, and oversees the Data Analysis Minor and the Applied Data Science Certificate programs.

**Minor Requirements**

Basic Knowledge Courses | ||

Select one of the following: | 1 | |

Elementary Statistics | ||

Modeling and Data Analysis: From Molecules to Markets | ||

Statistics: An Activity-Based Approach | ||

Applied Data Analysis | ||

Digging the Digital Era: A Data Science Primer | ||

An Introduction to Data Journalism | ||

Mathematical, Statistical, and Computing Foundation Courses | ||

Select two courses from the following, each from a different group: | 2 | |

Mathematical Foundations | ||

Vectors and Matrices | ||

Linear Algebra | ||

Discrete Mathematics | ||

Graph Theory | ||

Statistical Foundations | ||

Quantitative Methods in Economics | ||

Political Science by the Numbers | ||

An Introduction to Probability | ||

Mathematical Statistics | ||

Computing Foundations | ||

Bioinformatics Programming | ||

Introduction to Programming | ||

How to Design Programs | ||

Computer Science I | ||

Computer Science II | ||

Applied Electives | ||

Select two credits from the following: | 2 | |

Introduction to GIS | ||

Advanced GIS and Spatial Analyses | ||

Economics of Big Data | ||

Econometrics | ||

Introduction to Forecasting in Economics and Finance | ||

Empirical Methods for Political Science | ||

Advanced Topics in Media Analysis | ||

Computational Physics | ||

Introduction to (Geo)Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization | ||

Proseminar: Machine Learning Methods for Text, Audio and Video Analysis | ||

Introduction to Network Analysis | ||

Data Visualization: An Introduction | ||

Exploratory Data Analysis and Pattern Discovery | ||

Experimental Design and Causal Inference | ||

Longitudinal Data Analysis (0.5 credit) | ||

Hierarchical Linear Models (0.5 credit) | ||

Latent Variable Analysis (0.5 credit) | ||

Survival Analysis (0.5 credit) | ||

Bayesian Data Analysis: A Primer (0.5 credit) | ||

Advanced R: Building Open-Source Tools for Data Science | ||

Introduction to Statistical Consulting | ||

Applications of Machine Learning in Data Analysis | ||

Quantitative Textual Analysis: Introduction to Text Mining | ||

NOTE: at least one of the electives should be a 300 level course |

### ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

- There may be prerequisite courses required for some of the courses that count toward the minor, such as calculus. These prerequisites do not count toward the minor, and students attempting to complete the minor are not recused from these prerequisites.
- Mathematics majors cannot count courses in the foundations groups already covered by their major toward the minor. They must instead complete one course from the statistical foundations group and complete three applied elective courses. Alternatively to completing three applied elective courses, they can take either MATH232 or COMP212 and complete two applied elective courses.
- Computer science majors cannot count courses in the foundations groups already covered by their major toward the minor. They must instead complete one course from the statistical foundations group and complete three applied elective courses. Alternatively, they can complete both MATH231 and MATH232 and complete two applied elective courses.
- Economics majors and minors cannot count ECON300 toward the minor and must instead complete one course from each of the other two foundation groups.
- Students cannot count more than one course toward this minor that is also counted toward completion of any other of their majors or minors.
- One course taken elsewhere may substitute as appropriate for any of the above courses and count toward the minor, subject to the QAC Advisory Committee’s approval (where routine approval may be delegated to the QAC Director).
- A more advanced course can substitute for the basic knowledge course, subject to approval. Students with good quantitative skills are strongly encouraged to do this.
- Students cannot receive both the data analysis minor and the Applied Data Science Certificate.