A Medical Student’s Logbook ; The Data Scientist’s Toolbox Course – Data Science Specialization on Coursera

I am generally known for my strong opinion regarding the importance of research, both to increase the knowledge of humanity as a whole, and to help solve the problems of the Muslims world in particular.
And it occurred to me to write about my experience in this course, and all other online courses I’m taking or intend to take, week by week in “logbooks”, and end it with a video. The aim is to give a review from the point of view of a medical student (or doctor), a guy interested in research, and an Arab and Muslim. This would help the reader determine whether the course is worth giving his/her time to or not!
This article will be updated as I stride through the course! 😀

Well unlike the Data Analysis course I’m taking, this whole course is about programming!  Well programming in the context of Data science at least.  But this course is actually pretty easy, it’s the next courses in the specialization that I’m afraid of more.

This is the link to the course on Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/course/datascitoolbox

I do recommend taking this course as a medical student, it’ll take like 1-2 hours weekly, and if you’re thinking about diving into statistics, data analysis, and research; It’s a cool start. It isn’t hard at all, and it’ll kind of break the ice between you and statistical software. Thanks for all who made this course possible!

Week 1 – Introduction

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A Medical Student’s Logbook ; Data Analysis and Statistical Inference Course – Reasoning, Data Analysis, and Writing Specialization on Coursera

So despite the warnings I received of taking this course -“Data Analysis and Statistical Inference” – , I decided to go ahead and take it anyway. I’m just that interested! 😀
I am generally known for my strong opinion regarding the importance of research, both to increase the knowledge of humanity as a whole, and to help solve the problems of the Muslims world in particular.
And it occurred to me to write about my experience in this course, and all other online courses I’m taking or intend to take, week by week in “logbooks”, and end it with a video. The aim is to give a review from the point of view of a medical student (or doctor), a guy interested in research, and an Arab and Muslim. This would help the reader determine whether the course is worth giving his/her time to or not!
This article will be updated as I stride through the course! 😀

Prior to taking the course

I was warned that this course was NOT intended for medical students, and that it was filled with unrelated topics and programming… I am completely ignorant to everything that has to do with programming, but then again, it might be a cool experience.
The “learning objectives” page/wiki is quite confusing. Perhaps it’s just the layout?

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2014 in review

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

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Research Questions

I attended an interesting lecture while working at Mayo Clinic; I thought it would be nice to share some of the ideas I learned.

 

Research Questions

Dr. Victor Montori

21-7-2011

 

I arrived a few minutes late, Dr. Montori was expressing how amazing the idea that our research questions are basically at the “cutting edge of knowledge”, we are contributing to the exploration of knowledge and expanding what humans know of the world .

PICO can always help organizing the question you have in mind. (PICO stands for Population\Intervention\Control\Outcome)

He also mentioned that physicians are often influenced by stories of patients (case-reports) than actual data!

It’s always important to see if physicians are interested in your question. Plus, check out how they want the answer to end up.

 

Now for the interesting part:

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The Race Up Mountain Prosperity

No one can deny the explosive rate of advancement in the human civilization within the past few centuries. It is in our nature to aim for perfection in knowledge, health, and happiness. Yet we are still way behind our goals, even the richest countries are filled with flaws here and there; but even more depressingly, the gap between our countries is growing ever so large!

I have come across an organization,  the Legatum Institute (LI), which has launched a global project that gathers information about most countries and compares them to each other, generating a “prosperity index” that is renewed each year (since 2009).

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