Amsterdam, Netherlands

Big Data Management and Analysis in the Linux Environment

when 16 July 2022 - 30 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 950

"This course will introduce you to common UNIX command line utilities, teach you how to manage very large datasets (e.g. using sed, awk, and grep commands) and create simple shell scripts to analyze your data (e.g. using a UNIX version of the freely available statistics program R). You will also learn how to present your data and results in customized plots and figures. These skills are extremely valuable for scientists from all disciplines as well as for business practitioners (e.g. consultants or financial analysts) who are planning to work with big data.

The format of the course is three-hour lectures in the morning, followed by two hours of supervised work in computer tutorials in the afternoon. Both the lectures and tutorials will be held in a computer room. The lectures will be interactive, with short examples that allow students to apply the introduced concepts. In the tutorials, students will get more hands-on training in a supervised environment with exercises covering the day’s topics. They will also have the opportunity to work on the assignments. The computer room will stay open to students for self-study after the tutorials."

Course leader

Aysu Okbay

Target group

Bachelor and Master students

Course aim

By the end of this course, the student should understand and feel comfortable with:

- The UN|X philosophy and environment; files, processes, pipes, filters and basic utilities.
- Login and logout procedures, including remote login using SSH, and setting, protecting, and changing passwords.
- File transfer between systems.
- Text file manipulation with sed, awk, cut, paste, cat, etc.
- Basic text editing using the vim editor.
- Automation through shell scripts.
- Version control with Git.
- Working with R through the UNIX command line.
- Plotting in R.

Fee info

EUR 950: Tuition fee two-week course

VU Students/PhD candidates and employees of VU Amsterdam* or an Aurora Network Partner €650
Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam €900
Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam €950*
Professionals €1150

Early Bird offer
Applications received before 15 March (CET 23:59) receive €50 Early Bird discount!


We offer two types of scholarships for our summer school. Check out our website for more information.