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Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Introduction

An introduction to what we will explore in this course: 20 practical questions and their answers, about your networked life....
Reading
5 videos (Total 94 min), 3 readings
Video5 videos
Preview of Questions 1–1022m
Preview of Questions 11–2020m
Methods and Course Concepts15m
Course Logistics27m
Reading3 readings
About Us10m
Suggested Readings and Links10m
Contact us10m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

What Makes CDMA Work for My Smartphone?

We study cellular network technology, the air interface between end-user devices and base stations, and an important algorithm which has been developed to manage interference between our devices as they share this medium: Distributed Power Control. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 99 min), 2 readings
Video6 videos
Distributed Power Control (DPC)9m
DPC through Optimization16m
DPC as a Game21m
Numerical Example and Summary18m
Resource Allocation18m
Reading2 readings
Homework10m
Homework Solutions10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

How Does Google Sell Ad Spaces?

How does Google sells the ads that appear on its search results page through auctions? We learn about different types of auction mechanisms, including those for single and multiple items. QUESTION 3: We explore PageRank, the famous algorithm that underlies how Google orders its list of search results whenever we type in a query....
Reading
5 videos (Total 80 min)
Video5 videos
Auction Definitions10m
Second Price Single Item Auction20m
Generalized Second Price (GSP) Auction and Numerical Example20m
Vickrey–Clarke–Groves (VCG) Auction8m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

How Does Google Rank Webpages?

In this lecture, we will explore PageRank, the famous algorithm that underlies how Google orders its list of search results whenever we type in a query....
Reading
5 videos (Total 81 min), 2 readings
Video5 videos
Webgraphs and the H Matrix25m
Handling Dangling Nodes9m
The Google Matrix10m
Numerical Example and PageRank in Practice12m
Reading2 readings
Homework10m
Homework Solutions10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

How Does Netflix Recommend Movies?

As a user of Netflix, you may have had movies recommended for you to watch. Behind the scenes, Netflix is leveraging powerful machine learning to determine which will be recommended to you specifically. In this lecture, we will study some of the fundamental algorithms that have been used for this purpose....
Reading
5 videos (Total 116 min)
Video5 videos
The Netflix Prize and Its Challenges23m
The Baseline Predictor31m
Similarity and Neighborhood Predictor16m
Numerical Example and Summary21m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

When Can I Trust an Average Rating on Amazon?

The decision of whether or not to make an online purchase is often driven by feedback that has been left by past customers, commonly in the form of star ratings. In this lecture, we will study Amazon's review system. In doing so, we will explore some of the methods for, and challenges behind, rating aggregation....
Reading
5 videos (Total 72 min), 2 readings
Video5 videos
Key Factors and Assumptions10m
The Wisdom of Crowds12m
Bayesian Ranking18m
Reverse Engineering Amazon19m
Reading2 readings
Homework10m
Homework Solutions10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Why Does Wikipedia Even Work?

In this lecture, we focus on the concepts of crowdsourcing and consensus formation, which are two of the mechanisms allowing Wikipedia to be both a scalable and (reasonably) accurate encyclopedia. In particular, we will look at different voting systems, which are ways of determining consensus from a collection of individual preferences....
Reading
5 videos (Total 68 min)
Video5 videos
Bargaining 13m
Voting16m
Arrow's Axioms and Impossibility Result12m
Sen's Axioms and Numerical Examples9m
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2 hours to complete

How Do I Viralize a Youtube Video?

In this lecture, we will study models that have been developed for the popularity of products over time, motivated by the phenomenon of videos going "viral" on YouTube. Overall, the theme will be the dependence of opinions, as opposed to the wisdom of crowds discussed in the previous two lectures....
Reading
5 videos (Total 75 min), 2 readings
Video5 videos
Population Based Models5m
Sequential Decision Making and Information Cascade27m
Correct vs Incorrect Cascades14m
Tipping Models13m
Reading2 readings
Homework10m
Homework Solutions10m

Instructors

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Mung Chiang

Professor
Electrical Engineering
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Christopher Brinton

Lecturer
Electrical Engineering

About Princeton University

Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. It is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, and one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution....

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