Below is a suggested list of ways to earn points, but students are welcome to propose additional ways to earn points. We will also have a 50 pt midterm. We will not have a final exam. See syllabus for additional information regarding grading.
ICON quizzes (63 points)
Quiz 1 (9 points, Due 1/18 at 7am) over TDA Mapper videos:
Intro (slides): A partial repeat of Sept 16th lecture.
Examples (slides): Answers to worksheet examples. Please try worksheet before viewing this video.
Summary (slides): Summarizes some of the many choices (parameters) that must be made.
Icon Quiz 2 Review (5 points; Due 2/6 at 7:00 AM)
Icon Quiz 3 Review (25 points; Due 3/5)
Icon Quiz 4 (4 points; Due Thursday 3/22 at 7:00 AM) over Voronoi (6:06 min) and k-means (9:10 min)
Icon Quiz 5 Review (10 points; Due 4/10 at 7:00 AM)
Icon Quiz 6 Review (10 points; Due 4/24)
HW 2 (Due 1/18) --5 points
Complete worksheet. Note answers are provided in one of the ICON quiz 1 videos. Please try worksheet before viewing Examples video.
HW 3 (Due 11am 1/23) -- 5 points :
Draft of a poster introducing the TDA mapper algorithm. (note poster can be printed on normal letter size paper -- make sure you use a readable font size)
For this assignment, I just want you to demonstrate that you understand the TDA mapper algorithm. Thus, as long as you describe the TDA mapper algorithm in terms that another undergraduate (who has NOT taken this course) would understand, you will earn full credit (even if your poster is really ugly -- you can make it look nice for HW 5). Pictures can help illustrate your point. You can hand draw them for this draft or use the TDA mapper software.
From ICRU: Thoughts and Tips on How to Make
a Research/Creative Poster
Sample Poster Template
Please turn in a paper copy using normal letter size paper at the beginning of class on 1/23. If you have difficulty printing it, you can also e-mail it.
HW 4 (due 11am Thursday 1/25, 10 points):
Do a few Swirl submodules (1 point each for up to 10 submodules of any combination of Swirl courses). Note you only need to do 10 submodules, not 10 courses -- for example "Looking at Data" is a submodule of course R programming.
You can do all 10 submodules from the same course or sample a few courses. Some nice elementary courses include R programming, Exploratory Data Analysis, and Getting and Cleaning Data.
To get credit for a submodule, on ICON just list the Course name/submodule for each of the submodules that you complete. For example if you finished "Looking at Data" from the
programming, then your list should include:
R programming/Looking at Data
HW 5 (Due 2/5) -- 5 points :
Poster introducing the TDA mapper algorithm (note poster can be printed on normal letter size paper -- make sure you use a readable font size).
HW 6 (Due 3/6, beginning of class) -- 10 points : Practice exam (ignore crossed out problems).
Outside Presentation: 50 pts
Note: the number of points earned on the outside presentation will depend on quality, time required, etc. For example, you may give one 50 point talk at a conference (this includes conferences aimed at undergraduates) including providing a 1 page summary of the conference. Alternatively, you could give 2 shorter/simpler (lower quality?) talks/posters (for example a 10 minute talk in mathbio seminar at UI).
You can also earn points by summarizing a talk/paper, etc.
Some conference at (or related to) UI (note dates are from last year and will be updated):
Some conferences outside of UI:
25 pts: Project (due 2/6) Draft including 2, 3, 7 - 10
25 pts: Project (due 2/13) Draft including 2, 3, 7 - 10
Project (due 2/22): Do not include unfinished sections. Note this version will be reviewed by your writing center fellow. You will revise this version based on comments from your writing center fellow and resubmit, preferably by 3/9.
50 pts: Project (due 3/9) Revision of 2/22 version based on writing fellow comments -- extension may be requested depending on suggested revisions.
30 pts: Project (due 3/27) Polished draft including 2, 3 4, 7 - 10
40 pts: Project (due 4/3) Draft of polished project which should be at least 80% completed.
Polished Final Project (due 4/12): Do not include unfinished sections. Note this version will be reviewed by your writing center fellow. This will be your finished final project (though you may revise based on comments from your writing center fellow and resubmit by 4/28)
50 pts: Project (due 4/17)
Final project including unfinished sections. You will likely have some sections that you have started (possible in one of our labs), but won't have time to finish this semester. You can still earn points for these sections. If you don't have unfinished sections, you have likely already earned these points.
30 pts: Finished Polished Project due 4/28. This is the revision of the polished version you submitted to your writing fellow on April 12th.
If you are collaborating with someone, you should decide as a group how the work will be divided and what you would like to accomplish. I will not require that you finish all (or even most parts), but your collaborators can. The following is one potential project outline, but you may follow any journal format you prefer. Note that while the ideal paper would include all of the following, even published papers do not include all of the following. You and your collaborators will need to decide what to include.
NOTE: Even published papers do not include all (or even most) of the following. You and your collaborators will need to decide what to include.
If you prefer to write software, there are many other types of potential projects.