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Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science

6.00.2x is an introduction to using computation to understand real-world phenomena.

Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science

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Starts Mar 23, 2022
Ends May 25, 2022
Estimated 9 weeks
14–16 hours per week
Instructor-paced
Instructor-led on a course schedule
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About this course

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6.00.2x will teach you how to use computation to accomplish a variety of goals and provides you with a brief introduction to a variety of topics in computational problem solving . This course is aimed at students with some prior programming experience in Python and a rudimentary knowledge of computational complexity. You will spend a considerable amount of time writing programs to implement the concepts covered in the course. For example, you will write a program that will simulate a robot vacuum cleaning a room or will model the population dynamics of viruses replicating and drug treatments in a patient's body.

Topics covered include:

  • Advanced programming in Python 3
  • Knapsack problem, Graphs and graph optimization
  • Dynamic programming
  • Plotting with the pylab package
  • Random walks
  • Probability, Distributions
  • Monte Carlo simulations
  • Curve fitting
  • Statistical fallacies

At a glance

  • Institution: MITx
  • Subject: Computer Science
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Prerequisites:

    6.00.1x or equivalent (some prior programming experience in Python and a rudimentary knowledge of computational complexity)

What you'll learn

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  • Plotting with the pylab package
  • Stochastic programming and statistical thinking
  • Monte Carlo simulations

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