Dive into the world of data with a one-day hands on data analysis workshop for software engineers, on Saturday 22 June, 2024.


Derek Jones


09:30am - Doors open (the office is wheelchair-friendly)
10:00am - Workshop starts
5:00pm - Workshop ends

Lunch, snacks and refreshments will be provided.


The focus of this immersive workshop is learning how to obtain information useful to practising software developers. Statistics is used as a tool for extracting valuable insights from your data. It’s a hands-on experience, iterating over: one-hour presentation of material, followed by everybody analyzing data for an hour, until end-of-day.

By the end of the workshop you will have learned how to fit equations to data (i.e., regression modelling), select the optimal design for an experiment (e.g., benchmarks), create various kinds of graphs containing data analysis findings, and understand the caveats underlying the statistical claims of significance made in reports and articles.

The presenter is Derek Jones, whose book Evidence-based Software Engineering discusses what is known about software engineering, based on an analysis of all the publicly available data. The book’s pdf+code+all data are freely available 

Attendees will need:

  • Laptop with R installed
    Optional IDEs: freely available 
  • Fluent in at least one programming language (say, have written at least 10K lines of code).
    Brief 5-min introduction to using R.
  • Sixth form level ability to do algebra.

The slides will be available on Github (link sent prior to workshop).

Ticket costs

(Prices stated are inclusive of VAT and fees)

BCS Members: £12.00
Non-Members: £15.00
Online: £2.00


A refund, excluding fees, will be issued if a cancellation request is received by Monday 17 June 2024, otherwise, name substitutions will be allowed after this date.

Our events are for adults aged 16 years and over.

BCS is a membership organisation. If you enjoy this event, please consider joining BCS. You’ll be very welcome. You’ll receive access to many exclusive career development tools, an introduction to a thriving professional community and also help us Make IT Good For Society. Join BCS today

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event, please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.


BCS is following government guidelines, and we would ask attendees to continue to follow these guidelines:

England: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Wales: https://www.gov.wales/coronavirus
Northern Ireland: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ireland

This event is brought to you by: Software Practice Advancement (SPA) specialist group

Hybrid event: Data analysis for software engineers
Date and time
Saturday 22 June, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Zuhlke Engineering Ltd
80 Great Easter Street
£2 - £15 GBP