This course aims at providing:
(a) better understanding of theory, techniques, and problems encountered in your math, stat and economic courses.
(b) the ability to "translate" a problem into workable R/Matlab code, get a numerical solution and provide insights on the relevant issues of the problem. Virtually all the models and exercises of your previous, loosely quantitative, courses are amenable to this "treatment".
(c) practical knowledge of the R/Matlab programming environment (see also http://cran.r-project.org/
). Basic programming skills will be acquired, together with ideas on how to "compute" everything that has a formal structure (and can, say, be described in terms of functions, derivatives, integrals, estimates, graphs, optimization, utility...)