MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

Software Tools for Business Analytics

Scott Alessandro

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Because of the "big data revolution," there is an ever-increasing need for techniques for analyzing data, developing mathematical models, and using these models to make informed decisions.   To get started in this process, one needs a working knowledge of business analytic software tools.

These four non-credit workshops focus on software tools used in Course 15 classes. The goal of these workshops is to provide students with a baseline knowledge of business analytics software tools that they can use in MIT courses, UROPs involving data analysis, and summer internships or jobs after graduation. 

Sign up is not required, but there is some pre-work that needs to be done (setting up your computer to use R and access Github). See link below for instructions.

To register:

Installation instructions and more information:

Questions?: Scott Alessandro,

Session 1 (Terminal and Github) – Overview on working with the terminal, Github, and an introduction to the R programming language.

Session 2 (Basic Wrangling and Visualization – Introduce basic techniques in data wrangling and visualization in R.

Session 3 (Excel) – Introduce and practice with concrete real life examples on how to use the most important functions and shortcuts in Excel. 

Session 4 (JuMP/Julia) – Using Julia and the JuMP package, we will model and solve optimization problems that arise in a variety of contexts throughout analytics and operations.

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management
Contact: Scott Alessandro, E52-150, 617 253-6296, SALESSAN@MIT.EDU


Jan/23 Mon 01:00PM-04:00PM E62-250, Bring your laptop. Complete pre-work
Jan/24 Tue 01:00PM-04:00PM E62-250, Bring your laptop
Jan/26 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM E62-250, Bring your laptop
Jan/27 Fri 01:00PM-04:00PM E51-085, Bring your laptop

Session 1 (Terminal and Github) - Monday, January 23, 1-4 pm, E62-250. Instructor: Brad Sturt

Session 2 (Basic Wrangling and Visualization) - Tuesday, January 24, 1-4 pm, E62-250. Instructor: Steven Morse 

Session 3 (Excel) - Thursday, January 26, 1-4 pm, E62-250. Instructor: Charles Thraves 

Session 4 (JuMP/Julia) - Friday, January 27, 1-4 pm, E51-085. Instructor: Joey Hutchette