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(NR & MZ)
I'd expect students to pick a topic from one or more lectures in this course, or from a presentation at one of the workshops in the Big Data program. It would probably be necessary to look at one or more of the source papers. Ideally, you'd describe your topic, for example 'reproducible research' (although this particular topic wouldn't quite fit since we haven't covered it); identify what seem to be some important references on the topic, explain how the topic fits into the framework of "Big Data", and discuss ideas of current interest.
Like Mu, I'd like to learn something new, to learn that you learned something new, and to read something that hangs together and looks nice! Feel free to submit a preliminary version for comments.
Nancy Reid, University Professor & Canada Research Chair, Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Toronto.