Working with relational databases #2, more complex SQL

In this course, participants broaden their SQL repertoire to include INSERTs, UPDATEs, DELETEs and JOINs, and automate regularly-occurring processes with functions and stored procedures.


Tech Analysts, S&T Analysts (optionally)

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:
• Define Cluster based computing and the common tools used in that space (Hadoop, Spark);
• Comment on technical and operational issues around Big data uses and storage
• Describe uses of alternative data as proxies for ‘traditional’, usually belated macro- and microeconomic indicators such as GDP, earnings, oil prices, etc.

Course Content

• Overview of technologies and industry jargon with illustrative examples
o Big Data
o Alternative Data
o Unstructured Data
• Issues in the analysis of large data sets
o Dimensionality reduction
o Computing with a cluster
• The MapReduce model, Hadoop and Spark (and how to use these from Python/R)
• Alternative data
o Example sources and applications
o Focus on web-scraping: example methods and potential risks/pitfalls
o Potential weaknesses of alternative data sources
• Unstructured data
• Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Python/R
o Case study: sentiment analysis in Python/R



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