Join this free online course to understand some of the basic statistical concepts and practices that are the foundations of data science and the way we analyze data. You’ll learn about the fundamental principles of statistics and how it can be used in your everyday life.
Self-paced
Language: English

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Course Summary

This course will provide you with the knowledge to understand some of the basic statistical concepts and practices that are the foundations of data science and the way we analyze data. We’ll also be highlighting how statistics can be misused and abused, leading to accidental misunderstandings or deliberate distortions to support a particular prejudiced view.

Throughout this course, you’ll be looking at how data can be summarized in a variety of ways to give you a descriptive overview of large data sets and their variations. We’ll explore how data distributions can be understood and compared. You’ll also learn how you can start finding patterns in the data, where changes in one variable may be (partly) explained by changes in another. In addition, you’ll learn a little about how to estimate the likelihood of certain outcomes based on certain prior information. Finally, we’ll link this up to some of the common tools available that make these kinds of analyses easier.

The course is spread over six weeks and consists of lectures and weekly assignments.
Statistics can be a complex subject, but in this course, you’ll revisit the fundamental principles and start to appreciate how it can be used in your everyday life. We’ll focus primarily on the key principles.

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Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Introduction to Statistics
Week 2: Descriptive Statistics
Week 3: Correlation and Linear Regression
Week 4: Introduction to Probability
Week 5: Probability Distributions
Week 6: Connecting to Your SAP Solutions
Week 7: Final Exam

Target Audience

Anybody interested in learning basic statistical concepts

Course Requirements

Basic numeracy

Course contents

  • Week 1:

    Introduction to Statistics
  • Week 2:

    Descriptive Statistics
  • Week 3:

    Correlation and Linear Regression
  • Week 4:

    Introduction to Probability
  • Week 5:

    Probability Distributions
  • Week 6:

    Connecting to Your SAP Solutions
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  • Final Exam:

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This course was held from Oct 08, 2019 through Nov 27, 2019.

13144 learners were enrolled on day 1 of the course.

When the final exam ended, this number had increased to 17569.

17952 learners enrolled.

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a record of achievement by earning more than 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a confirmation of participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Stuart Clarke

Stuart Clarke is a principal consultant with Global Consulting Delivery, Analytics and Insight, focusing on predictive analytics and data science.

He has specialized in operational research, data science, predictive analytics, and advanced analytics for over 25 years, working extensively in the telecommunications, retail, utilities, and financial services sectors.

At SAP, he provides predictive analytics consultancy, developing and implementing predictive models for SAP customers and delivering POCs for customers and prospects. He also holds introduction courses for SAP Predictive Analytics and deep-dive technical sessions to SAP customers, partners, and internals, world-wide.

Michael Jordan

Mike Jordan is a portfolio manager responsible for SAP education on topics such as machine learning, predictive analytics and data science. He is also an SAP academic ambassador, teaching data science to masters students.

Mike used to teach German and computer science to high school students, and left for what he thought would be a short career break in 1999 for a stint in industry, providing support and training for a data warehouse development tool.

In addition to his portfolio and academic responsibilities, Mike has a particular interest in the ethical use of technology and speaks at conferences on related topics.

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