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A Network Tour of Data Science, edition 2017

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This repository contains the material for the practical work associated with the EPFL master course EE-558 A Network Tour of Data Science (moodle), taught in fall 2017. The course material revolves around the following topics: Network Science, Spectral Graph Theory, Graph Signal Processing, Data Science, Machine Learning.

Theoretical knowledge is taught during lectures. Practical knowledge is taught through tutorials. Both are practiced and evaluated through four assignments and a semester project. Below are slides about the organization of the course.

  1. Practical information
  2. Projects
  3. Concluding remarks

Compared to the 2016 edition, the course has been refocused on graph and network sciences. It is further developed in the 2018 and 2019 editions.


Below is the teaching material you'll find in this repository.

  1. Installation instructions
  2. Introduction: conda & Anaconda, Python, Jupyter, git, scientific Python
  3. Data acquisition from Twitter
  4. Numerical computing with numpy
  5. Network models and properties with networkx
  6. Plotting with matplotlib
  7. Web APIs and data analysis with pandas
  8. Data exploration and visualization
  9. Graph signal processing with the PyGSP


The following assignments were designed to evaluate the theoretical understanding of students through practice. As a Data Science course, those activities are realized on real data and networks.

  1. Network properties: assignment, solution, student solution, feedback
  2. Network models: assignment, solution
  3. Spectral graph theory: assignment, solution, feedback
  4. Graph signal processing: assignment, solution, feedback


Part of the course is evaluated by an open-ended project (see the description), proposed and carried out by groups of three to four students. Below is the work of the 107 students enrolled that year.



Click the binder badge to play with the notebooks from your browser without installing anything.

For a local installation, you will need git, Python, and packages from the Python scientific stack. If you don't know how to install those on your platform, we recommend to install Miniconda, a distribution of the conda package and environment manager. Please follow the below instructions to install it and create an environment for the course.

  1. Download the Python 3.x installer for Windows, macOS, or Linux from and install with default settings. Skip this step if you have conda already installed (from Miniconda or Anaconda). Linux users may prefer to use their package manager.
    • Windows: Double-click on the .exe file.
    • macOS: Run bash in your terminal.
    • Linux: Run bash in your terminal.
  2. Open a terminal. Windows: open the Anaconda Prompt from the Start menu.
  3. Install git with conda install git.
  4. Download this repository by running git clone --recurse-submodules
  5. Create an environment with the packages required for the course with conda env create -f ntds_2017/environment.yml.

Every time you want to work, do the following:

  1. Open a terminal. Windows: open the Anaconda Prompt from the Start menu.
  2. Activate the environment with conda activate ntds_2017 (or activate ntds_2017, or source activate ntds_2017).
  3. Start Jupyter with jupyter notebook or jupyter lab. The command should open a new tab in your web browser.
  4. Edit and run the notebooks from your browser.



The content is released under the terms of the MIT License.