Title: Onboarding Author: Neil Ernst Date: 2018-06-20
This is your jumping off point to get you up and running with your work in collaboration with Dr. Ernst.
I prefer to be called Neil and addressed he/him.
Your first day
- Read the research ethics guidelines. Chat with Neil if you have any questions about lab norms or would like to add or change anything in the code of conduct.
- Join the slack channel by asking Neil to send you an invite.
In my work I use the following. I prefer if you do as well. If you want to use Word, for instance, please have a good reason (usually, some funding agency only accepts Word).
- Python & Scipy/Pandas & PyStan
- R (less often)
- Excel! Spreadsheets are great for data exploration.
- Sharelatex/Authorea - sometimes, more often plain Latex over Git.
- SublimeText for Mac and the Latextools Plugin
- Bibtex! Everything you read you should stick in Bibtex. Checkout doi2bib.org.
Compute Canada and WestGrid
Courses and Skillsets
MSc. Students need to take 5 courses and the Research Skills course (595). A few recommendations:
- Documenting and Understanding Software Systems - Topics in Software Applications CSC 578A my Documentation course
- Data Mining TPCS:SOFTWARE APPLICATION: Data Mining CSC 578D
- ML theory : TPCS:ARTIFICIAL INTELGNCE: Machine Learning Theory CSC 581B
- CSC 511 Information Visualization
- CSC578B: Topics in Software Applications: "Computer-Supported Collaborative Work"
- CSC581C: Topics in Artificial Intelligence
And others as you (and I) see fit. There is a breadth requirement as well but I have no idea how that works yet, to be honest. Check with the graduate handbook. I think these courses should cover the breadth.
Useful online courses
Being a good researcher/student
I have a few resources here (there are tons). The first is all the links on Michael Ernst's page. These are all well worth reading. If you are not a strong writer, you should definitely pay attention to the advice on writing. But part of my job is to help you with that (modulo some basic ability).
I have a copy of "Getting What You Came For" in my office.