I sincerely apologize if there is another thread already that will answer this question. I'm so incredibly out of my league here that I don't even know what keywords to search for :-).
I'm a computer programmer by trade, and while I have a basic background in math, statistics was never really my cup of tea.
I currently work at a school and just finished developing a basic set of tools to help automatically collect and analyze data on our student's behaviors (this is a school for children with autism and other disabilities). So, we have a couple of year's worth of data for things like: given Billy, how frequently did he have Aggressions, Self-Injurious Behaviors, Drop, etc. Probably 6 - 10 "inputs" (I think that's the correct term) per student. We'll be adding more as well in the future.
What I'm curious about is this: Are there any beginning tutorials out there that might show me some interesting things to do with this data (besides just graphing it?) For example, it would be interesting to be able to predict when Billy is likely to have a long string of aggressions given that these
x other factors have been increasing lately. Or, there is an increasing trend of this behavior which is way out of whack with its previous values, that should raise a big red flag.
I've been doing some basic Googling and this seems to be in the realm of "Statistical Data Mining"—some brief tutorials were found on Andrew Moore's site, but these just aren't detailed enough for me to really learn anything.
I realize that this is akin to someone walking into Stack Overflow and saying "Hey, tell me how to write the next Facebook." So, if these are the sorts of things that I can only do with years and years of statistical experience, just let me know and I'll be on my way. However, I also know that while someone couldn't walk into SO and write the next Facebook in a few weeks, we could probably point them in the right direction to create a basic site for their dad's business, even if it would be a pretty basic site. Likewise, I'm not looking to create a genius AI capable of predicting student behavior down to the millisecond; rather, I'm just curious if there's any low-hanging fruit that a guy like me could pick up in a few weeks or months of diligent reading that might make for some interesting uses of this new data we've unlocked.
I'm open to online tutorials, books, textbooks, videos, open source programs and libraries, etc.