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Available languages

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Subtitles: English, Korean

What you will learn

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    Create a visualization using matplotlb

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    Describe what makes a good or bad visualization

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    Identify the functions that are best for particular problems

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    Understand best practices for creating basic charts

Skills you will gain

Python ProgrammingData VirtualizationData Visualization (DataViz)Matplotlib
Specialization
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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Korean

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Module 1: Principles of Information Visualization

In this module, you will get an introduction to principles of information visualization. We will be introduced to tools for thinking about design and graphical heuristics for thinking about creating effective visualizations. All of the course information on grading, prerequisites, and expectations are on the course syllabus, which is included in this module. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 37 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
About the Professor: Christopher Brooks1m
Tools for Thinking about Design (Alberto Cairo)8m
Graphical heuristics: Data-ink ratio (Edward Tufte)4m
Graphical heuristics: Chart junk (Edward Tufte)5m
Graphical heuristics: Lie Factor and Spark Lines (Edward Tufte)3m
The Truthful Art (Alberto Cairo)8m
Reading6 readings
Syllabus10m
Help us learn more about you!10m
Notice for Coursera Learners: Assignment Submission10m
Dark Horse Analytics (Optional)10m
Useful Junk?: The Effects of Visual Embellishment on Comprehension and Memorability of Charts30m
Graphics Lies, Misleading Visuals10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
7 hours to complete

Module 2: Basic Charting

In this module, you will delve into basic charting. For this week’s assignment, you will work with real world CSV weather data. You will manipulate the data to display the minimum and maximum temperature for a range of dates and demonstrate that you know how to create a line graph using matplotlib. Additionally, you will demonstrate the procedure of composite charts, by overlaying a scatter plot of record breaking data for a given year....
Reading
7 videos (Total 42 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Matplotlib Architecture6m
Basic Plotting with Matplotlib7m
Scatterplots8m
Line Plots8m
Bar Charts4m
Dejunkifying a Plot3m
Reading2 readings
Matplotlib30m
Ten Simple Rules for Better Figures30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
8 hours to complete

Module 3: Charting Fundamentals

In this module you will explore charting fundamentals. For this week’s assignment you will work to implement a new visualization technique based on academic research. This assignment is flexible and you can address it using a variety of difficulties - from an easy static image to an interactive chart where users can set ranges of values to be used....
Reading
6 videos (Total 39 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Histograms9m
Box Plots7m
Heatmaps3m
Animation5m
Interactivity5m
Reading2 readings
Selecting the Number of Bins in a Histogram: A Decision Theoretic Approach (Optional)10m
Assignment Reading10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Module 4: Applied Visualizations

In this module, then everything starts to come together. Your final assignment is entitled “Becoming a Data Scientist.” This assignment requires that you identify at least two publicly accessible datasets from the same region that are consistent across a meaningful dimension. You will state a research question that can be answered using these data sets and then create a visual using matplotlib that addresses your stated research question. You will then be asked to justify how your visual addresses your research question....
Reading
3 videos (Total 18 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Seaborn8m
Becoming an Independent Data Scientist1m
Reading2 readings
Spurious Correlations10m
Post-course Survey10m
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By SBNov 3rd 2017

Loved the course! This course teaches you details about matplotlib and enables you to produce beautiful and accurate graphs.. Assignments are challanging, and helps to build a solid foundation.

By MLJun 28th 2017

Good course to learned matplotlib and other Graphs libraries, but the course goes further than Python and also encourages the studies to create more meaningful and beautiful Graphic views.

About University of Michigan

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future....

About the Applied Data Science with Python Specialization

The 5 courses in this University of Michigan specialization introduce learners to data science through the python programming language. This skills-based specialization is intended for learners who have a basic python or programming background, and want to apply statistical, machine learning, information visualization, text analysis, and social network analysis techniques through popular python toolkits such as pandas, matplotlib, scikit-learn, nltk, and networkx to gain insight into their data. Introduction to Data Science in Python (course 1), Applied Plotting, Charting & Data Representation in Python (course 2), and Applied Machine Learning in Python (course 3) should be taken in order and prior to any other course in the specialization. After completing those, courses 4 and 5 can be taken in any order. All 5 are required to earn a certificate....
Applied Data Science with Python

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