Visualizing massive open online courses

by Matthew Emery

After eight months of coursework, the UBC Master of Data Science (MDS) program concludes with a 2-month Capstone project. We partnered with Ido Roll from UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) to analyze data from UBC’s massive open online courses (MOOCs). UBC offers dozens of MOOCs to thousands... [Read More]

Statistics-ML dictionary

by Mike Gelbart

One of the most rewarding aspects of working on the UBC Master of Data Science program has been the close collaboration between my home department, computer science, and the statistics department here at UBC. The collaboration has also come with a challenge, though: the two communities often use different words... [Read More]

Algorithms and optimization

by Mike Gelbart

Over the years I’ve struggled with the disconnect between “algorithms” — as a student might see in a standard algorithms and data structures class — and optimization. Several of the algorithms taught in such courses are in fact instances of (discrete) optimization: for example, dynamic programming (DP), or Dijkstra’s algorithm... [Read More]

Introducing our 2017-18 cohort

by Mike Gelbart

This is an exciting time for the UBC MDS program, with the second cohort starting their journey in just a few days. We are thrilled about the strength and diversity of our incoming class. Here are some facts about the incoming cohort: [Read More]