Discrete Math and Analyzing Social Graphs

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  • Basic Combinatorics
    • Suppose we need to count certain objects. Can we do anything better than just list all the objects? Do we need to create a list of all our data entries to check whether we have enough data to teach our ML model? Is there a way to tell whether our algorithm will run in a reasonable time before implementing and actually running it? All these questions are addressed by a mathematical field called Combinatorics. In this module we will give an introduction to this field that will help us to answer basic versions of the above questions.
  • Advanced Combinatorics
    • In the first week we have already considered most of the standard settings in Combinatorics, that allow us to address many counting problems. However, successful application of this knowledge on practice requires considerable experience in this kind of problems. The goal of this module is twofold. First, we study extensively more advanced combinatorial settings. We discuss in more details binomial coefficients. Also, we address one more standard setting, combinations with repetitions. The second gaol of the course is to practice counting. We will gain some experience in this by discussing various problems in Combinatorics.
  • Discrete Probability
    • Probability theory is a mathematical foundation of Statistics, the core of Data Science. During this week we study discrete probability, the first chapter of the probability theory, closely related to combinatorics. We discuss random experiments, their outcomes and events, introduce the notion of probability and some basic rules that follow immediately from the combinatorial results studied before. We also study simple probabilistic models like coin-tossing that will be used later.
  • Introduction to Graphs
    • Graphs represent objects and relations between them in a compact geometric form. Objects are represented by vertices of a graph and relations correspond to edges. Applications of graphs include geoinformational systems (vertices are cities, edges are roads), social network analysis (people and friendship relations), chemistry (graphs of molecular structure), computer network topology, and many more. During this week, we introduce basic notions of graph theory and discuss basic algorithms on graphs.
  • Basic Graph Parameters
    • Graph parameters, also called graph properties and graph invariants, are values (usually numerical), which are calculated for a given graph and depend only on its abstract structure (not, say, on a particular way of drawing the graph on a plane). Graph parameters are useful in data science, since they reduce a big amount of data (the graph) to a small one (the parameter), while conveying important information about the graph. We discuss some of the basic graph parameters in this module.
  • Graphs of Social Networks
    • In this final part of the course we discuss a Python library for working with graphs, called NetworkX. In NetworkX, one can create and modify graphs, compute graph parameters, visualize graphs, etc. We shall show how NetworkX is used to operate on graphs coming from a real-world dataset.