Data Analytics Introduction

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Government, industry and many other institutions use data analytics to further their goals. The need for data analysis and visualization is growing rapidly as more and more institutions collect and analyze ever-increasing amounts of data, such as:

  • Governments want to preserve homeland security and, therefore, gather and study data on the activities of terrorist groups.
  • Health and public administrators want to deliver health care efficiently to patients. They analyze data to understand and satisfy patients’ needs and to control the cost of health care.
  • Marketing analysts study online social networks to influence the direction of new marketing campaigns.
  • Financial analysts want to understand the relationships among different stock prices and economic indicators.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Department of Psychology offer graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in data analytics. Students are trained to communicate information clearly and effectively through graphic depictions that stimulate and encourage viewer engagement. Students learn how to use statistics and machine learning to analyze complex data and to communicate insights in an attractive and vivid design format.


Dr. Manfred Minimair, Associate Professor & Program Director, Seton Hall University, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Science Center, 122. Email:, Tel: (973) 761-9466, Fax: (973) 761-9772

Melissa Kohlman, Secretary, Seton Hall University, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Science Center, 116.  Email:, Tel: (973) 761-9466, Fax: (973) 761-9772


Our courses use a variate of software, such as

  • Tableau’s data visualization software provided through the Tableau for Teaching program
  • MS Excel for working with data and creating tables and charts
  • MS Access for organizing data
  • Weka and SAS for data mining

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Do You Know How to Design an Effective Graph?

Design graphs that communicate clear and powerful messages

Seton Hall University is pleased to welcome Naomi B. Robbins, Ph.D., to campus on Monday, March 24 at 6pm.  Dr. Robbins will present “How to Convey Your Data Clearly with Graphs” in the McNulty Amphitheater.  The presentation will provide tips and expert advice that will be immediately useful for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty from a variety of disciplines, and the public.  The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, the Department of Psychology, and the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. 

Dr. Robbins’ presentation will not be software-specific.  Her tips and techniques are designed to help users across all levels, regardless of method of graphical presentation.  According to Dr. Robbins, “It does not matter whether you’re calculating baseball statistics or conducting government data analysis.  I’ll show you how small changes can make big differences in your presentation of data.”  Further, “I’ll show graphs that do not communicate clearly and then redesign them to show how they can be more effective.  The changes may be very slight, but you’ll notice how they can make a big difference in the understanding.” 

Dr. Robbins is an experienced author, speaker, and consultant. She currently serves as the principal of NBR, an organization that provides consulting and training for effective graphical data presentation.  In 2013, she republished Creating More Effective Graphs, originally published by John Wiley and Sons. To learn more about Dr. Robbins and her work, visit  Join us on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the McNulty Amphitheater and learn “How to Convey Your Data Clearly with Graphs.”

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