This arrived in my e-mail this morning:
Welcome to the course. We have been waiting for this day. You are over 35000 now, and that’s honestly more than we had hoped for!
Today, week one of the course is released at 0900 UTC. You can work with the week one material as long as you wish, but make sure you complete the ten Graded Questions before the deadline, September 22.
We understand that you have different reasons for taking the course and very different background knowledge. Our experience is that mixed groups add quality and fun to the learning experience, when students interact. You have knowledge and perspective that others can benefit from. Use our discussion forums!
Are you new to programming?
Please avoid getting stuck for a long time with one problem. Often very small details can stop and frustrate you.
-Work together with a friend or a colleague.
-Take a break and work with another problem for a while.
-Did you make a spelling mistake? A few classical errors:
X and x are not the same
Did you miss a ) or a [
Did you start in the middle of a sequence? Warning! Maybe you miss a variable that was created five lines up in the script, in the previous question?
Do you already have some R experience?
Be patient. Every week a new set of videos and activities is released.
- September 9-15: Week 1: Get to know R
- September 16-22: Week 2: Find life science data. Import and clean data in R.
- September 23-29: Week 3: Statistics under the hood. Distributions and tests.
- September 30 – October 6: Week 4: Non-parametric tests
- October 7-13: Week 5: Visit the research frontier
Are you good at statistics already?
You need to learn R. Some videos are just statistics, no programming. This allows you to skip some videos and focus on R.
So if you’ve not seen my previous invitation, now is the opportunity to get some statistics and R knowledge at no cost to anything but your time.
Sign up at http://edx.org and find out what Michael Mann is missing!