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Machine Learning Foundations: A Case Study Approach, University of Washington

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Do you have data and wonder what it can tell you? Do you need a deeper understanding of the core ways in which machine learning can improve your business? Do you want to be able to converse with specialists about anything from regression and classification to deep learning and recommender systems? In this course, you will get hands-on experience with machine learning from a series of practical case-studies. At the end of the first course you will have studied how to predict house prices based on house-level features, analyze sentiment from user reviews, retrieve documents of interest, recommend products, and search for images. Through hands-on practice with these use cases, you will be able to apply machine learning methods in a wide range of domains. This first course treats the machine learning method as a black box. Using this abstraction, you will focus on understanding tasks of interest, matching these tasks to machine learning tools, and assessing the quality of the output. In subsequent courses, you will delve into the components of this black box by examining models and algorithms. Together, these pieces form the machine learning pipeline, which you will use in developing intelligent applications. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, you will be able to: -Identify potential applications of machine learning in practice. -Describe the core differences in analyses enabled by regression, classification, and clustering. -Select the appropriate machine learning task for a potential application. -Apply regression, classification, clustering, retrieval, recommender systems, and deep learning. -Represent your data as features to serve as input to machine learning models. -Assess the model quality in terms of relevant error metrics for each task. -Utilize a dataset to fit a model to analyze new data. -Build an end-to-end application that uses machine learning at its core. -Implement these techniques in Python....

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Dec 20, 2016

Great course!\n\nEmily and Carlos teach this class in a very interest way. They try to let student understand machine learning by some case study. That worked well on me. I like this course very much.


Oct 17, 2016

Very good overview of ML. The GraphLab api wasn't that bad, and also it was very wise of the instructors to allow the use of other ML packages. Overall i enjoyed it very much and also leaned very much

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By Arif Ahmed

Mar 25, 2019

I have a fairly good background in mathematics and have read through major parts of the Deep Learning Textbook by Goodfellow et. al. One year later I wanted to revise ML again. People who are complaining that there is no mathematical or algorithmic rigor in this course need to understand that this is meant to be an introductory course in order to pique interest in the learner and drive him/her to pursue this field further. Heavy focus on math and algorithms straightaway does not work for most people. Hence, I conclude that this is a good intro course which does it's job quite well.


Mar 24, 2019

Best course to understand all the fundamentals of machine learning for beginners.

By Sharad Jain

Mar 23, 2019

The ML concept is explained with use cases and demonstrated with python programs which

By Sergey Gordeychuk

Mar 23, 2019

It'd be great to get rid of showing how teacher type code or write something, it's kind of boring.


Mar 18, 2019



另外可能是在下才疏學淺搞錯了,在一些linear regression或是logistic regression的範例中,由於案例中的dummy variable過多,造成變數之間線性相依(n維空間中有k組向量,若k > n,必然存在若干向量彼此線性相依),直覺上有無數組解都可以達到幾近0的SSE,因此縱使結果再漂亮,對那幾個case中的參數,個人其實感到相當的疑惑。類似的困惑還有推薦系統的上課實例等。


By Mohit Pant

Mar 12, 2019

This course is a great starting point who has no earlier experience of ML. . Cheers to the course makers!!!

By Evan Sawan

Mar 11, 2019

This course was a great balance between lecture (and lecture quiz) & iPython lecture (and iPython lecture quiz). I like that the answers are multiple choice as opposed to copying and pasting code. That way, any coding errors can be played around with in the notebook first without using up any submission attempts. Emily and Carlos did a great job of keeping the course fun while sticking to the easy-to-understand case-study approach.

By lianghui tian

Mar 09, 2019

the graphlab can not be installed

By Akash Gupta

Mar 08, 2019

START basic like star

By Aries Fitriawan

Mar 06, 2019

Very easy to understand, code are very simple and to the point