Predictive Analytics Preview

Predictive Analytics - a 1 week preview

Aim of Course:

In this 1 week preview of “Predictive Analytics 1 - Machine Learning Tools,” you will be introduced to the basic concepts in predictive analytics, also called predictive modeling, the most prevalent form of data mining.

The session is also intended as a preview and illustration of how courses operate at The Institute for Statistics Education. 

FREE: Our 1-week preview covers how to fit and assess the performance of predictive models with multiple linear regression and k-nearest-neighbors, including use of holdout data. Sign up here and we will send details and a code for a full waiver of the $99 course fee.
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This course may be taken individually (one-off) or as part of a certificate program.
Course Program:

WEEK 1: Preparation, Classification and Prediction

  • What is supervised learning
  • Data partitioning and holdout samples
  • Choosing variables (features)
  • Handling missing data
  • Visualization and exploration
  • K-Nearest-Neighbors (KNN)
    • Measuring distance
    • Choosing k
    • Generating classifications and predictions

Homework in this course consists of short answer problems, and includes exercises that require the use of computer software.

This course also has supplemental readings available online.


Predictive Analytics Preview

Who Should Take This Course:

Marketing and IT managers, financial analysts and risk managers, accountants, data analysts, data scientists, forecasters, and anyone considering taking a course at who wants to see how our courses operate. This course is especially useful if you want to understand what predictive modeling might do for your organization.

You should be familiar with introductory statistics.  Try these self tests to check your knowledge.
Organization of the Course:Options for Credit and Recognition:
Course Text:
The required text for this course is Data Mining for Business Analytics: Concepts, Techniques, and Applications in Microsoft Office Excel with XLMiner, 3rd Edition, by Shmueli, Patel and Bruce. Selections from this text will be provided in the one week session.

This 1 week preview is a hands-on session, and participants will apply data mining algorithms to real data.  The course is built around XLMiner, which is available:

  • For Windows versions of Excel, or
  • Over the web

Course participants will have access to a no-cost license for XLMiner.



April 19, 2019 to April 26, 2019 August 30, 2019 to September 06, 2019

Predictive Analytics Preview


April 19, 2019 to April 26, 2019 August 30, 2019 to September 06, 2019

Course Fee: $0 (free with code)

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We have flexible policies to transfer to another course, or withdraw if necessary (modest fee applies)

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This course is free with your code (see syllabus tab)

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