Introduction to Data Analysis

Undergraduate Workshop

May 24-27, 2016
Purdue University, West Lafayette Campus

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No background or prior training is needed for this workshop. The goal of the workshop is to introduce undergraduate students to some of the first principles and concepts from data analysis. Students who completely the workshop will have learned several technologies for data analysis, including skills for data wrangling and data visualization. The workshop will consist of tutorials and projects. The activities will enable students to dive into their first projects in data analysis, and to develop a sense of comfort and confidence with the computational tools.

Central to the diversity mission of the Center is providing opportunities to women and other underrepresented groups including U.S. citizens and permanent residents.


Data Science Faculty workshop leaders: Mark D. Ward , PhD, Statistics
Center contact: Kelly Andronicos, Director of Diversity,
Travel Reimbursement: Robynne McCormick, Research Account Specialist,


Lodging and Meals:

Lodging will be provided and paid for by the Center for all non-Purdue students. Students from outside Purdue requiring lodging will be staying at First Street Towers. The office is open 24 hours so students can check in whenever they arrive. Phone for First Street Towers is 765-494-0200 for assistance If you take an airport shuttle to Purdue, a shuttle pickup/drop-off spot is often at the Purdue West shopping area next to Follett's along McCutcheon Drive. It is then only 1 block east to First Street Towers along State Street (see map below)

Student and Postdocs from outside Purdue are eligible to apply for reimbursement of airfare and shuttle expenses to attend the full week workshop. Please indicate this during the registration in the last question.

Lunch will be catered onsite each day during the workshop. Students staying in the dorm will receive dining cards at check-in that can be used at specific locations on campus for breakfast and dinner (for use up to $100 for the duration of workshop). Purdue students will receive dining cards on the 1st day of the workshop. Your dining/boiler express card can be used at Wiley residential dining court (breakfast 7-8:30am; dinner: 5-6:30pm ) as well as the Computer Science Port (in Lawson building 1st floor) from 8am - 2pm during the week. there are a few additional cafes, markets, and restaurants at campus locations open during the summer session. You should view hours of operations for these non-residential locations here:

Wiley Dining will be closed Sunday May 22, and Saturday May 28, however will be open for dinner Friday evening May 27th for those staying. There are non-Purdue options available at Purdue West - two blocks West of First Street Towers - during these times.

Travel to/from Purdue

Note that you will want the Purdue West/Follett's location for shuttle drop-off/pick-up to and from the airport. This is along McCutcheon Drive by Follett's book store, and is directly two blocks west from the First Street Towers dorm (see map below).

Participants traveling from outside Purdue to the workshop will be contacted by the organizers with reimbursement form and instructions.

Workshop Location:

Meeting location: Lawson Commputer Science, Rooms B148 and B158, 305 N. University Street, West Lafayette, IN, 47907

Campus locations for breakfast & dinner:
  • Wiley Court Dining Hall, open for breakfast 7 am - 8:30 am and open for dinner 5:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Starbucks, open from 7:30 - 5:30 pm, located in the Purdue Union
  • Pappy’s Sweet Shop, open until 8 pm, located in the Purdue Union
  • Villa Pizza, open until 7:00 pm, located in the Purdue Union.
Non-residential food and drink locations and hours

Wireless Connection:

Connecting to Purdue's Wireless Offerings

Follow the directions at the link above for connecting to Purdue available wireless options on your arrival to campus. On Monday morning in Lawson 3102, all participants will receive a CS/Purdue login for accessing computing resources for use during the workshop.


Funded under grant agreement NSF CCF-0939370 Center for Science of Information from the National Science Foundation and with support from the Department of Computer Science, Purdue University.