Wharton Tech Camp 2013

Big Data, Right Tools: Computational Resources for Empirical Research


Course Description:

Bring Your Own Laptop

The aim of this course is to familiarize beginning and current Wharton PhD students with both publicly available and Wharton specific cutting-edge tools and resources available to them for empirical research. The course is primarily concerned with acquiring, cleaning, storing, and managing data for empirical business research, and it will provide hands-on experience using variety of modern computing tools. At the end of the course, students will know what tools are most appropriate for different data analysis jobs at hand.

To borrow from Emerson’s famous quote: A foolish assertion of supremacy of one tool is a hobgoblin of little minds, different tools have comparative advantages whether it be a convenience-power tradeoff or support-power tradeoff or etc. Be open-minded and try different tools.


Dokyun Lee, Office: JMHH 526.4, Email: Leedok@wharton.upenn



8 lectures will be given on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from

August 2 to August 19, 2013.

Tentative Time: 1:30PM-3:00PM

                        (45-minute lecture time + 45-minute lab time).

Room: JMHH 360 for the first 5 sessions. SHDH 1206 on Aug 14th. JMHH G50 for the last two sessions.

Room Schedule Attached - Notice the changes (Wharton Pre-term classes take priorities and the room assignments were messed up). Also note, we have the room starting 1pm but the class starts at 1:30pm. The reason is that for the second session (and as need arises) Wharton Computing will be there 30 minutes early to help with software setup.


Final Exam:

No exam


Wharton Doctoral Programs:

Summer Tech Camp 2013 (August 2 to 19, 2013)

Registration form (Word)

Also Please Fill Out This Quick Survey Form

 What's New:

1/06/2013: Course syllabus updated to reduce technical material and focus more on research applications.

2/11/2013: Topics have been revised. Theory of computation, Hadoop and parallel computing and other stuff have been thrown out. Natural Language Processing has been added.

4/12/2013: Tentative Syllabus has been uploaded here

8/2/2013: So far 28 doctoral students have registered. Few more are auditing. Based on survey of 25 students, session on SQL and database has been thrown out.

See the survey result here.