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About the Course

Case Studies: Analyzing Sentiment & Loan Default Prediction In our case study on analyzing sentiment, you will create models that predict a class (positive/negative sentiment) from input features (text of the reviews, user profile information,...). In our second case study for this course, loan default prediction, you will tackle financial data, and predict when a loan is likely to be risky or safe for the bank. These tasks are an examples of classification, one of the most widely used areas of machine learning, with a broad array of applications, including ad targeting, spam detection, medical diagnosis and image classification. In this course, you will create classifiers that provide state-of-the-art performance on a variety of tasks. You will become familiar with the most successful techniques, which are most widely used in practice, including logistic regression, decision trees and boosting. In addition, you will be able to design and implement the underlying algorithms that can learn these models at scale, using stochastic gradient ascent. You will implement these technique on real-world, large-scale machine learning tasks. You will also address significant tasks you will face in real-world applications of ML, including handling missing data and measuring precision and recall to evaluate a classifier. This course is hands-on, action-packed, and full of visualizations and illustrations of how these techniques will behave on real data. We've also included optional content in every module, covering advanced topics for those who want to go even deeper! Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, you will be able to: -Describe the input and output of a classification model. -Tackle both binary and multiclass classification problems. -Implement a logistic regression model for large-scale classification. -Create a non-linear model using decision trees. -Improve the performance of any model using boosting. -Scale your methods with stochastic gradient ascent. -Describe the underlying decision boundaries. -Build a classification model to predict sentiment in a product review dataset. -Analyze financial data to predict loan defaults. -Use techniques for handling missing data. -Evaluate your models using precision-recall metrics. -Implement these techniques in Python (or in the language of your choice, though Python is highly recommended)....

Top reviews

Jun 14, 2020

A very deep and comprehensive course for learning some of the core fundamentals of Machine Learning. Can get a bit frustrating at times because of numerous assignments :P but a fun thing overall :)

Oct 15, 2016

Hats off to the team who put the course together! Prof Guestrin is a great teacher. The course gave me in-depth knowledge regarding classification and the math and intuition behind it. It was fun!

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By Adeel R

Aug 11, 2016

exceptional course. Carlos did an excellenet job

By Mariano

Apr 4, 2020

very interesting and useful tools for real life

By 李紹弘

Aug 14, 2017

This course provides me the very clear concept.


Mar 22, 2016

best of the best, theoretically and practically


Aug 22, 2018

The course is good. The materials are amazing!

By Trinh N Q

Jan 28, 2018

Give me a good understanding of Classification

By Anurag U

Jan 16, 2017

Best source to learn classification techniques

By Binil K

Jul 30, 2016

Nice Course, very much helpful and reccomended


Mar 21, 2020

Very good programming assignments. Loved it.

By Arash A

Nov 30, 2016

Learned a lot and enjoyed even more. Thanks!

By 嵇昊雨

Apr 25, 2017

Great materials for learning Classification

By Kan C Y

Mar 19, 2017

Really a good course, succinct and concise.

By clark.bourne

May 8, 2016

Professional, comprehensive, worth to learn

By Steve F S

Jun 24, 2020

challenging course for any non-math major.

By Md s

Jun 9, 2019

awesome course , have learned lot of stuff

By Fabiano B

Jul 21, 2017

It is a very good course. Congratulations!


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By alireza r

May 29, 2017

It is really engaging and well explained.

By Ashley B

Nov 29, 2016

Great course. Material well presented and

By Abhishek T G

Jun 22, 2016

The quizzes can be a bit more challenging


Jul 18, 2018

Very clear and useful course, excellent.

By Hansel G M

Nov 1, 2017

Great course !!! I totally recommend it.

By Aditi R

Oct 20, 2016

Wonderful experience. Prof is very good.

By Madhusudhan r D

Jun 27, 2020

Ex ordinary subject with nice concepts.

By Israel C

May 30, 2017

One of the best courses i've ever tried