The STAT 430 DSPM course aims to provide rigorous training in modern programming and data science methods. As in the past, we rely on best-of-breed tools. The two most important ones are RStudio Cloud and GitHub both of which require action by you to get set up. This page provides the details.
The first of these two tools is RStudio as the primary coding environment. The second is GitHub as
a place for
git repositories, “social coding” i.e. communication via issue tickets, pull
request, markdown documentation and more.
For the Fall 2020 term, some changes have been made university-wide. Both of these changes work with the Single-Sign On (SSO) system.
This page details the setup and highlights steps you have to take.
Broadly speaking, the RStudio IDE can be used three ways: as a local installation on your computer, via the RStudio Server on a computer you can access, or via RStudio Cloud. The latter has a number of important advantages in terms ease of installation, keeping it current, resourcing and more that make is a great resource for a class. University of Illinois was participating in an earlier pilot, and we used the beta version of RStudio Cloud with great success as it offered (essentially unlimited) access for free.
Now, since early August 2020, RStudio Cloud is an official product, and unlimited hours are no longer available for free from RStudio. As part of the campus-wide use at University of Illinois, a package has been negotiated. For an one-time fee of $27.50 you get unlimited use (i.e. for all you course) for a period of five months covering the term plus some grace period until December 31. The use includes increased storage and memory settings, and the ability to scale to several cpus.
Additional documentation is provided in this knowledge base article.
In the past, the course has relied on students using personal logins at github.com, making coordination with netids more difficult and cumbersome. This year we are participating in a pilot project that is part of a planned wider rollout of U of Illinois-provided GitHub services (more info here).
There is one small catch. It is still a github.com service, and their terms include the sending of emails to you, the user, which in turn violates some federal guidelines. Long story short, in order to participate, each student must acknowledge having been made aware of the incoming emails from github. (Which, of course, you can turn off in settings once you are registered.)
So to proceed you must send an an email with the following text to firstname.lastname@example.org
My netid is ‘….’ and I am using GitHub account ‘….'.
Here, your instructor would use as the last line My netid is ‘deddel’ and I am using GitHub account ‘eddelbuettel’. as those are the two corresponding accounts. Please fill in your netid and GitHub account. If you do not yet have a GitHub account, create one (maybe with your U of I email as contact).
[STAT430] [Github] Consent from '....'and list your netid once more in the Subject.
Sending us your netid and github account helps us to connect your netid with the GitHub account which we will need to add to the course repo(s).
We will continue to use uofi.app.box.com for slides, course videos, and support files. We will generally provide direct links from this website. Access will require SSO via your netid.
You may need to create an account for this ‘box.com’ application if you have never used it before. No additional setup should be needed.
The content of the video folder is also synchronized with this ClassTranscribe playlist.
Compass2g will be used to view registrations / student roster, grades, and (generally weekly) group emails / announcements.
We will once again use GitHub issues in a dedicated repository. This a common practice in real-world projects. In the past, course staff has generally reacted within a few hours of each post, and we will again strive to provide timely follow-up.
We also strongly encourage direct student engagements. If you know how to answer a question of a fellow student, post the answer rather than just wait for the course staff to chime in.