Winter School in Data Analytics and Machine Learning
Many firms and organizations have recognized the value of analyzing data based on quantitative tools like regression, machine learning, and deep learning
- for forecasting specific outcomes such as sales or prices (predictive analysis),
- for evaluating the causal impact of specific actions such as offering discounts or running marketing campaigns (causal analysis).
This permits improving the quality of decision making and thus increasing efficiency and competitiveness.
The “Fribourg Winter School in Data Analytics and Machine Learning” provides training in state-of-the-art quantitative tools for predictive and causal analysis. The winter school takes place in hybrid form, implying that participants can attend courses either in class (face-to-face) or online. Please note that the sessions will not be recorded. The one- to three-days-courses cover both introductory and more advanced topics, using the open source software packages “Python”, “R”, "Julia" and “Knime”. “Python”, “R” and "Julia" are among the most popular programming languages in data science and statistics, while “Knime” is a user-friendly, flow-chart based graphical interface that does not require any programming skills.
Among the topics covered in the various courses are
- regression techniques for multivariate statistical analysis;
- machine and deep learning algorithms like lasso, decision trees, random forests, and neural nets;
- text analysis to extract and statistically analyze text information from websites, like sentiments about products.
Overview of the courses
introductory (no programming required)
The winter school is open to BA students, MA students, Ph.D. students, and academic researchers (such as post-docs and professors) at the University of Fribourg and at other universities or research institutions, as well as to employees of private companies and the public sector.
The working language will be English. Courses are held in a spacious lecture hall on the Pérolles campus (Boulevard de Pérolles 90, CH-1700 Fribourg) and can also be attended online. Please note that the sessions will not be recorded.
Examination / evaluation
Take home exam: students obtain a dataset with several exercises to solve that need to be resubmitted in order to be graded. Without taking the exam, students can nevertheless obtain a certificate of participation (without grade).
Successful participation in the courses (and examinations) can be credited with up to 5 ECTS points (if winter schools are recognized by the home university/institution)
BA, MA, and Ph.D. of the University of Fribourg
BA/MA/PhD students at other universities or academic researchers (e.g. post-docs, professors...) at the University of Fribourg or elsewhere
and public sector
for all courses:
(12 -16 Feb)
(12 -16 Feb)
*Please note: Not all courses have to be attended.
Payment is made directly via the online registration form. Please note that the registration is only complete when we have received the registration fee. The deadline for online registration and payment is January 28, 2024.
Participants must book their accommodations themselves.
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