Fundamentals of Quantitative Modeling

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Course 1 of 5 in the Business and Financial Modeling Specialization

How can you put data to work for you? Specifically, how can numbers in a spreadsheet tell us about present and past business activities, and how can we use them to forecast the future? The answer is in building quantitative models, and this course is designed to help you understand the fundamentals of this critical, foundational, business skill. Through a series of short lectures, demonstrations, and assignments, you’ll learn the key ideas and process of quantitative modeling so that you can begin to create your own models for your own business or enterprise. By the end of this course, you will have seen a variety of practical commonly used quantitative models as well as the building blocks that will allow you to start structuring your own models. These building blocks will be put to use in the other courses in this Specialization.
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Subtitles: English, Russian

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Financial ModelingLinear RegressionStatistical ModelStatistics
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Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English, Russian

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2 hours to complete

Module 1: Introduction to Models

In this module, you will learn how to define a model, and how models are commonly used. You’ll examine the central steps in the modeling process, the four key mathematical functions used in models, and the essential vocabulary used to describe models. By the end of this module, you’ll be able to identify the four most common types of models, and how and when they should be used. You’ll also be able to define and correctly use the key terms of modeling, giving you not only a foundation for further study, but also the ability to ask questions and participate in conversations about quantitative models....
Reading
7 videos (Total 72 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
1.2 Definition and Uses of Models, Common Functions14m
1.3 How Models Are Used in Practice10m
1.4 Key Steps in the Modeling Process7m
1.5 A Vocabulary for Modeling8m
1.6 Mathematical Functions20m
1.7 Summary4m
Reading1 readings
PDF of Lecture Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 1: Introduction to Models Quiz20m

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2 hours to complete

Module 2: Linear Models and Optimization

This module introduces linear models, the building block for almost all modeling. Through close examination of the common uses together with examples of linear models, you’ll learn how to apply linear models, including cost functions and production functions to your business. The module also includes a presentation of growth and decay processes in discrete time, growth and decay in continuous time, together with their associated present and future value calculations. Classical optimization techniques are discussed. By the end of this module, you’ll be able to identify and understand the key structure of linear models, and suggest when and how to use them to improve outcomes for your business. You’ll also be able to perform present value calculations that are foundational to valuation metrics. In addition, you will understand how you can leverage models for your business, through the use of optimization to really fine tune and optimize your business functions. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 69 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
2.2 Growth in Discrete Time7m
2.3 Constant Proportionate Growth12m
2.4 Present and Future Value15m
2.5 Optimization13m
2.6 Summary2m
Reading1 readings
PDF of Lecture Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 2: Linear Models and Optimization Quiz20m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Module 3: Probabilistic Models

This module explains probabilistic models, which are ways of capturing risk in process. You’ll need to use probabilistic models when you don’t know all of your inputs. You’ll examine how probabilistic models incorporate uncertainty, and how that uncertainty continues through to the outputs of the model. You’ll also discover how propagating uncertainty allows you to determine a range of values for forecasting. You’ll learn the most-widely used models for risk, including regression models, tree-based models, Monte Carlo simulations, and Markov chains, as well as the building blocks of these probabilistic models, such as random variables, probability distributions, Bernoulli random variables, binomial random variables, the empirical rule, and perhaps the most important of all of the statistical distributions, the normal distribution, characterized by mean and standard deviation. By the end of this module, you’ll be able to define a probabilistic model, identify and understand the most commonly used probabilistic models, know the components of those models, and determine the most useful probabilistic models for capturing and exploring risk in your own business....
Reading
12 videos (Total 83 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
3.2 Examples of Probabilistic Models2m
3.3 Regression Models4m
3.4 Probability Trees5m
3.5 Monte Carlo Simulations6m
3.6 Markov Chain Models6m
3.7 Building Blocks of Probability Models9m
3.8 The Bernoulli Distribution7m
3.9 The Binomial Distribution16m
3.10 The Normal Distribution5m
3.11 The Empirical Rule7m
3.12 Summary2m
Reading1 readings
PDF of Lecture Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 3: Probabilistic Models Quiz20m

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2 hours to complete

Module 4: Regression Models

This module explores regression models, which allow you to start with data and discover an underlying process. Regression models are the key tools in predictive analytics, and are also used when you have to incorporate uncertainty explicitly in the underlying data. You’ll learn more about what regression models are, what they can and cannot do, and the questions regression models can answer. You’ll examine correlation and linear association, methodology to fit the best line to the data, interpretation of regression coefficients, multiple regression, and logistic regression. You’ll also see how logistic regression will allow you to estimate probabilities of success. By the end of this module, you’ll be able to identify regression models and their key components, understand when they are used, and be able to interpret them so that you can discuss your model and convince others that your model makes sense, with the ultimate goal of implementation....
Reading
8 videos (Total 70 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
4.2 Use of Regression Models15m
4.3 Interpretion of Regression Coefficients4m
4.4 R-squared and Root Mean Squared Error (RMSE)12m
4.5 Fitting Curves to Data8m
4.6 Multiple Regression7m
4.7 Logistic Regression8m
4.8 Summary of Regression Models4m
Reading1 readings
PDF of Lecture Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 4: Regression Models Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By SCJun 4th 2018

Course is having ultimate content regarding the understanding of Quantitative modeling and its applications. Having great explanation with examples of linear, power, exponential and log functions.

By NMJul 23rd 2017

Very good background to quantitative modelling. It gets a bit heavy on the mathematical formulas in places, but if you follow through, it helps cement understanding. Good speed/pace of material.

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Richard Waterman

Professor of Statistics

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