Welcome to the Modern Applied Data Analysis (MADA) course website.

This website contains almost all the content of an online course taught at the University of Georgia by Andreas Handel. Most materials are hosted here, some are on external sites and either linked or embedded from here.

I last offered the course in fall 2019 and it is currently scheduled to be offered again in fall 2021. I plan to keep this website continuously online, with small updates happening on an ongoing basis and likely larger updates every time I teach the course again.

Website content

The General Information section provides a class Syllabus and a Schedule. The latter will likey be updated throughout the course, so check it regularly.

The majority of the content is listed under the Modules heading. Each module has several units in a drop-down/pop-out menu. Go through them in the listed order.

Instructions for specific exercises are listed in the Exercises section. You will be told when you should access those documents and do the exercises. Of course, reading ahead is allowed 😃.

As part of the class, you will be doing a semester-long data analysis project. Instructions and detailed information for this are given in the Project section.

The Communication section provides information on how course communications are planned to happen.

The Glossary section provides brief definitions of terms used in this course.

The Resources section contains a listing of external materials. Some of this material will assigned as part of this course. You will be told what exactly to read or work through in the modules documents. Other resources are listed in case you might find them helpful. All materials are (should be) available freely online.

Note that by default, all links open in the current tab. You’ll likely want external ones to open in a separate tab or window. To do so, you can (with most browsers) hold the Ctrl button when clicking, or do a right-click and select open in new tab/window.

Getting started

I suggest you start by looking over the Syllabus and Schedule documents, then Communication and Resources. After that, start with the Module 1 content in the given order. You can read through the Project section early or wait until you have gone through at least modules 1 and 2.


This course was developed and is maintained by Andreas Handel.

The following individuals have contributed to improving the course: Ian Bachli (@idbachli), Megan Beaudry (@MeganSarah), Amanda Blubaugh (@alblubaugh), Brian McKay (@bmckay), Mia Carmichael (@mncarmic), Ellen Cheng (@ellenmonster), Paige Duffin (@paigeduffin), Robert Edenfield (@ClaytonEdenfield), Julia Frederick (@JuliaFrederick), Megan Lott (@meganejlott), William Norfolk (@williamnorfolk), Trang Quach (@TrangQuach), Emily Rayens (@Rayense), Megan Robertson (@meganjro), Amanda Skarlupka (@askarlupka), Jonathan Wilson (@JJWilson1991), Yang Zhang (@yz17970)

The course materials are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Linked and embedded materials are governed by their own licenses. I assume that all external materials used or embedded here are covered under the educational fair use policy. If this is not the case and any material displayed here violates copyright, please let me know and I will remove it.