After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
- Identify basic programming concepts - variables, conditional statements, functions, and loops – and know when to use them
- Identify the advantages and disadvantages of Python compared to common tools like Excel, Tableau, Power BI, and Alteryx
- Recall how to install, load, and use common packages in Python
- Identify the purpose of popular Python packages for machine learning and data analytics
- Recall how to debug a simple Python script
Matt Pickard, Ph.D. earned a B.S. in Computer Science, an MBA from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona. Before moving to Illinois to be a Professor of Accounting Data and Analytics at Northern Illinois University, he worked at the University of New Mexico, where he taught accounting information systems and developed the accounting data and analytics curriculum.
He has provided data and analytics training for a variety of organizations, including the City of Santa Fe, Sandia National Labs, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Albuquerque Chapter and the Illinois Society of Association Executives. His MIS Ph.D. had a heavy data mining and analytics emphasis and was the start of his love for data and analytics. He finds data fascinating and is both overwhelmed and exhilarated to be living in this information age. He and his wife, Laura, are the parents of four beautiful girls. He enjoys woodworking and nature.
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