Research Team Invited to Present Masterclass on Big Data Capture, Analysis and Presentation Methods by The Data Lab


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Prof Bill Buchanan, Alistair Lawson, and Adrian Smales have been invited to give a Masterclass hosted by The Data Lab Scotland, and who are an innovation centre leading on developments around data science in Scotland.

Masterclass Focus

The masterclass aims to teach some best practice methods for the investigation of health, social care and crime data in Scotland, and to use this to parse the data, and then analysing it for correlations/anomalies/trends, and then to chart it.

The core focus will be on using Python to perform fairly complex operations, and how we can convert data into the required format for Big Data analysis.

Masterclass operation

The examples used will come from open source data within health, social care and crime in Scotland, but the course will be relevant to anyone who wants to get into Big Data methods.

The course involves a series of short lectures, and for  attendees to work in teams of two, on tutorial sessions, and then work on a final analysis and presentation of their evidence.

The team, Prof Bill Buchanan, Alistair Lawson and Adrian Smales, currently work on a number of health and social care research projects, including with CM2000 on preventive health care analytics.

Alistair Lawson is also Programme Leader for a new work-based learning MSc in Data Science.

Prizes on offer

The Data Lab Scotland are providing a prize for the best teams based on their evidence, along with an Edinburgh Napier University/The Data Lab Scotland certificate for all those who successfully complete the course.

The event is free, and runs on 25 October 2016. If you are interested, register for the course here:

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Associated people

William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
+44 131 455 2759
Alistair Lawson
Associate Professor (Reader)
+44 131 455 2730
Lynn Crawford
Project Manager (Cyber Academy)
+44 131 455 2635
Adrian Smales
Research Fellow
+44 131 455