Data Analysis: Conducting and Troubleshooting

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For researchers in the natural sciences who want to develop their data analysis skills or mentor others through the process

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Key features

3 interactive modules made up of 10-20-minute lessons

3 hours of learning

Developed by 2 Nature Portfolio editors and 8 experts in data analysis including experienced statisticians and data scientists

English language subtitles and transcripts

Certificate of completion

What you'll learn

The importance of conducting effective data analysis

The best tools for exploring various datasets

The range of analytic methods available and understand which is most suited to your data

Strategies for obtaining feedback, troubleshooting and expressing the limitations of your analysis

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Insight from expert academics and professionals

This course was developed by an expert panel, and contains insights from data analysis experts, including:

  • Data-rich fields including physics, medicine, ecology, and epidemiology
  • Data science and biostatistics
  • Editorial perspectives on common mistakes and good practice in data analysis

Mark Gardener

Ecologist, lecturer and author,

João Monteiro

Chief Editor, Nature Medicine

Bhramar Mukherjee

Professor and Chair of Biostatistics, University of Michigan

Xavier Vilasis-Cardona

Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies, Universitat Ramon Llull

Bronwyn Wake

Chief Editor, Nature Climate Change

Insight from researchers

The course also has additional insights through video interviews from:

  • Marc Amoyel | Senior Research Fellow, Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London
  • Vivian Biancardi Rossato | Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physiology, University of Alberta
  • Claudia Bonfio | Junior Group Leader, Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), University of Strasbourg
  • Alex Dexter | Higher Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory
  • Isabella Muratore | PhD candidate, Department of Biology, University of Boston

Accessible dip in and out format

The course’s three modules contain bite-size lessons and provide an accessible, dip in and out format for busy researchers. 

Researchers can track their progress through the course and fit the lessons around their work.

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Maximise the outputs of the researchers at your institution as their data analysis becomes more effective

Improve the reputation of your institution by ensuring the efficiency, efficacy and reliability of your data analysis, and know that your researchers understand how to carry out and troubleshoot their data analysis

Support the professional and career development of your researchers while saving staff time on mentoring and training in data analysis methods

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