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Statistics are an integral aspect of scientific research, and in particular of life sciences that heavily rely on quantitative methodologies. Among other things, statistics are an essential tool which allows gaining new insights on the relationships between different biological measurements and variables.
Machine learning (ML) also assists in making sense of large and complex datasets and can be very useful in mining large biological datasets to uncover new insights that can advance the field of bioinformatics.
This course was designed to guide participants in the exploration of the concepts of statistical modelling, and at the same time relate and contrast them with machine learning approaches when it comes to both classification and regression.
A particular focus will be given on the evaluation of the relevance of the produced models, and their interpretation in order to provide new biological knowledge.
This course is addressed to life scientists who want to have a better understanding of these methods and on how to apply them to their own datasets.
At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:
The course is targeted to life scientists who are already familiar with the Python programming language and who have basic knowledge on statistics. The competences and knowledge levels required correspond to those taught in courses such as: First Steps with Python in Life Sciences, First Steps in Statistics for Life Sciences and Introduction to statistics.
Test your skills with Python and statistics with the quiz here, before registering.
This course will be streamed, you are thus required to have your own computer with an internet connection and the following tools installed PRIOR to the course:
Although not mandatory, we also highly recommend you to use the same computer to connect to the zoom classroom and perform the exercises, otherwise we will have difficulties helping you debug your code.
The registration fees for academics are 120 CHF and 600 CHF for for-profit companies.
You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation. Upon reception of the confirmation email, participants will be asked to confirm attendance by paying the fees within 5 days.
Applications will close as soon as the maximum capacity is reached. Deadline for free-of-charge cancellation is set to 26/11/2020. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation in SIB courses is subject to our general conditions.
This course will be streamed.
The course will start at 9:00 and end around 17:00 (CET time zone).
Precise information will be provided to the participants in due time.
Coordination: Patricia Palagi
We will recommend 0.5 ECTS credits for this course (given a passed exam at the end of the course).
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