Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1

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Offered by Johns Hopkins University. This class presents the fundamental probability and statistical concepts used in elementary data ... Enroll for free.

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Taught by
Brian Caffo, PhD
Professor, Biostatistics
and 12 more instructors

Offered by
Johns Hopkins University

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0 posts • 29 mentions • top 12 shown below

r/datascience • comment
21 points • geebr

Cover the basic distributions - Gaussian, binomial, Poisson, chi-squared, exponential (these latter two are both just special cases of gamma). Develop a good understanding of confidence intervals, summary statistics, p values, and moments of distributions. The central limit theorem is enormously useful so make sure you have a good handle on that. Understand hypothesis testing using both parametric and nonparametric approaches. That means also understanding bootstrapping, permutation tests, and Monte Carlo simulations. In my experience, you need to have enough background to find a satisfying answer to the question "what does chance look like?". In my head at least, those concepts form the core of a data science stats curriculum. I heartily recommend Mathematical Biostatistics Bootcamp for getting a better understanding of distributions and hypothesis testing. The course doesn't really cover nonparametric methods much though, as far as I can remember.

r/datascience • comment
12 points • adventuringraw

I found value in this course, but to be honest... I think a MOOC is likely a poor way to learn math. After all, whatever you're learning (math, coding, whatever) your main learning time is when you're in the trenches solving problems, ideally with access to help when you need it. For CS stuff MOOCS seem great. A class based around what amounts to 10 problems (code up the feed forward and back propagate part of this neural network. Use this technique to predict this target variable with this data set, etc) all take a fair bit of time, and get you thinking about a lot of different sides of your craft.

Math on the other hand, it seems like most problems (until you're pretty high level at least) are going to be more run and gun. Your linear algebra will be solid when you've cranked through a few hundred problems covering different techniques, you know? So... what I've done, I picked out some textbooks with accessible solution manuals, a lot of useful practice problems (ideally more geared towards probing deep understanding instead of math busy work) and just... you know. Cranked through. I feel decent about my stats knowledge now, I'm currently working hard to shore up my linear algebra, heading towards matrix calculus. I got a ways into this and realized I need a little more background, haha.

Which brings me to my next thought... math is far easier for me to learn at least, when I have a concrete goal. I'm not actually all that interested in math as a thing in and of itself, but I'm extremely interested in anything that'll give me new insight when solving complex problems. You might find that you have narrow pockets of math you need to pick up now, and don't actually need to go through whole courses or anything.

If you need low level stuff though (basic stats, intro to linear algebra, basic calc, etc.) then Kahn's Academy's probably your best bet, but obviously you'll run way outside the course has to offer pretty quick if you're interested in getting into white papers and such.

r/biology • comment
8 points • MaiLittlePwny

Coursera do a course bio statistics that uses R pretty heavily. Haven't completed it so don't know how in depth it goes though.

r/biostatistics • comment
6 points • ruslankl

I enjoyed these two resources:

r/statistics • comment
1 points • sagar_r_parmar

This course from coursera may feel a bit familiar to you based on your background

r/statistics • comment
5 points • AstroZombie138

I am not into biostats, but I thought the biostats bootcamp from Johns Hopkins was interesting (it is a video lecture series, not a book)


and some on youtube here:


r/learnmath • post
15 points • NicolasGuacamole
[Undergrad General] Trying to plan out a self-study degree

Hi. I have nearly completed my degree in a different subject and would like to essentially study for a second degree, but this time in Mathematics. The trouble is that I can't afford to study it formally. As such I'm looking to put together a personal course of study. So far, with a great deal of advice I've come out with this:

1st year -

  • Stanford - Mathematical thinking

  • MIT - Algebra 1

  • Ohio State - Calculus 1

  • MIT - Linear Algebra

  • MIT - Intro to Probability and Statistics

  • MIT - Algebra 2

  • Ohio State - Calculus 2 (Sequences and Series)

  • John Hopkins - Mathematical Biostatistics 1

2nd year -

  • MIT - Calculus with Applications

  • MIT - Differential Equations

  • MIT - Calculus of Several Variables

  • MIT - Partial Differential equations

  • UoM - Complex Analysis

  • MIT - Fourier Analysis

If there is any input/advice anyone could give me, as to what I could add to bring this closer to a 'real' degree I would be very grateful.

r/AskStatistics • comment
1 points • sidXsid

Something slightly different, but I really enjoyed this one too


r/statistics • comment
2 points • Sarcuss

Yes, these are more applied statistics courses. If you want to delve deeply in the math, I think you would be well served with Mathematical Biostatistics part 1 and Part 2 or a textbook such as Mathematical Statistics with Applications by Wackerly et al.

r/GradSchool • comment
1 points • gma617

I've considered it and I do think it would be fulfilling and lucrative potentially. But I don't have the baseline coursework from my undergrad (no biology, just standard stats). I did take a MOOC biostatistics course ( and I'm currently taking a python machine learning course ( so maybe with this helps my chances of being accepted into a masters program. Still feels like a long shot. What do you think the highest-paying career paths in bio-informatics would be? Wall Street can always just hire BME or Quantitative Finance PHDs, and it's not the time to enter equity research. Salary ranges I'm seeing for bioinformatics scientist are quite low, and that job would not utilize my people-facing skills developed in consulting. I must be overlooking something...

r/epidemiology • comment
2 points • alejo_sc

I did a lot of online review to prepare me for my Masters program, mostly through Coursera. They have a lot of great Biostats and Data Science courses:

Basic Statistics - University of Amsterdam

Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Statistical Reasoning for Public Health - Johns Hopkins University

Mathematical Biostatistics Bootcamp Johns Hopkins University

I don't know of any resources for developing your SPSS skills, but Datacamp helped me a ton with learning R.

r/statistics • comment
1 points • MathIsNotBeautiful

The below MOOC's might be worth checking out.




Also, if you're willing to do some self-study, there are several lecture series available on YouTube that might be of interest to you. Below are a couple of examples.