Digital Acquisition of Big Data

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - Friday, June 23, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Course Description

The Internet provides a wealth of data. To access those data, we must learn to navigate the abstractions that separate us from the data. These layers of abstraction ensure resilient and rapidly responsive databases. These layers are also made to preserve the database, not facilitate analysis. Over two days we will explore how to get data from the Internet to your computer. Through case studies we will demonstrate how to access application programming interfaces (APIs), discuss common data formats, and showcase common algorithms and open-source software commonly used in acquiring digital data. Participants should bring data sources related to their own research (along with their computers). In the latter portion of the second day we will sketch how to access those sources.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Distinguish the qualitative and quantitative research paradigms
  2. Understand the principles underlying qualitative research tasks
  3. Design and conduct rigorous qualitative research
  4. Develop and evaluate effective qualitative research instruments
  5. Understand the skills for effective qualitative data collection


Participants should have their own laptops.

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Michael Chary, MD, PhD

Dr. Michael Chary received his MD and PhD (computational neuroscience, electrophysiology) from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is now a resident in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Queens. Michael uses computational linguistics and applied mathematics to analyze social media for public health research. His group, ToxTweet, was the first to demonstrate that the geographic distribution of recreational drug use could be accurately estimated from Twitter and the dosage, signs and symptoms of opioid overdose inferred from YouTube comments. This is his second time teaching this course.

Course Fee

Registration is $400.00


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New York, NY 10032

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