A course at NYU Stern exploring economic and financial data with the Python programming language. The course was developed by Stern faculty and students with the assistance and support of executives at Amazon. The immediate goal is to train students to succeed as summer interns and full-time employees of technology companies, but the same skills are valued in finance, marketing, consulting, media, and other areas. We think of it as literacy for the modern age.
More concretely, the course is designed to (i) introduce students to sources of economic, financial, and business data and (ii) give programming newbies a sense of how modern software – in this case Python – makes life easier and more interesting. We’ll let data speak for itself. As for coding: It’s a skill that opens doors to new career opportunities. You can do lots of things in Excel, but if you value your time – and you should – you’ll find you can do more, and do it more quickly, with a modern programming language. We like to say we do it because we’re lazy, laziness being a synonym here for efficiency.
If that doesn’t convince you, there’s more on our FAQ.
Quick links: Syllabus | Book | Project Guide | Discussion Groups (UG | MBA)
Class Outlines can be found under Topic outlines & links (look left).
Code Practice can be found in the same place – and under Due dates (ditto).
Spring 2016 schedule
Undergrad: ECON-UB.0232, Tuesday and Thursday, 2-3:15, KMC 4-80, January 26 to May 5
MBA: ECON-GB.2313, Wednesday nights, 6-9pm, KMC 4-90, February 10 to May 4
Future: We expect to offer sections in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.
Dave Backus: KMC 7-68, firstname.lastname@example.org, directions
Spencer Lyon, co-teacher, email@example.com
Brian LeBlanc, teaching fellow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chase Coleman, co-teacher, email@example.com
Itamar Snir, teaching fellow, firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the quick links at the top, keep in mind:
- Our GitHub repository (collection of files): Everything | Python programs | IPython notebooks | Experiments
- Or search: nyu data bootcamp
Before the first class
- Make sure you have a laptop computer you can bring to class and install your own programs on. This is a must. We will be writing programs in every class.
- Take our entry poll (click on the link, follow instructions).
- Join a discussion group: UG | MBA.
- Bring a nameplate to class. If you don’t have one, type your first name in this template, print it, and fold it in thirds.
- Non-Stern students: activate your Stern account to get wireless access. If you have trouble, stop by the Help Desk in the lobby between KMC and Tisch or email email@example.com.