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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Mathematics for Machine Learning: Multivariate Calculus by Imperial College London

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About the Course

This course offers a brief introduction to the multivariate calculus required to build many common machine learning techniques. We start at the very beginning with a refresher on the “rise over run” formulation of a slope, before converting this to the formal definition of the gradient of a function. We then start to build up a set of tools for making calculus easier and faster. Next, we learn how to calculate vectors that point up hill on multidimensional surfaces and even put this into action using an interactive game. We take a look at how we can use calculus to build approximations to functions, as well as helping us to quantify how accurate we should expect those approximations to be. We also spend some time talking about where calculus comes up in the training of neural networks, before finally showing you how it is applied in linear regression models. This course is intended to offer an intuitive understanding of calculus, as well as the language necessary to look concepts up yourselves when you get stuck. Hopefully, without going into too much detail, you’ll still come away with the confidence to dive into some more focused machine learning courses in future....

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Nov 25, 2018

Great course to develop some understanding and intuition about the basic concepts used in optimization. Last 2 weeks were a bit on a lower level of quality then the rest in my opinion but still great.


Nov 12, 2018

Excellent course. I completed this course with no prior knowledge of multivariate calculus and was successful nonetheless. It was challenging and extremely interesting, informative, and well designed.

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By Mutairu o

Dec 4, 2021

This course is recommended for newbies willing to horn their knowledge for Artificial intelligence and Machine learning.

By Wendy N

May 13, 2020

Sometimes I need more explanation, I needed to find another resources to clarify what I haven't understood at that time.

By Chika

Jul 9, 2019

Feedback on assessment could be improved, and there could be more practice questions relevant to the final assessments

By Jose V R

Jun 4, 2018

I think I've improve my understanding of mathematics for ML, mainly, I've understand much better the concepts involved

By thedoctor

May 4, 2021

More focus on concrete data centric machine learning instead of abstract function definitions would have been helpful

By Arun

Mar 2, 2019

Good course to understand the basic mathematics terms and a refresher for high school math with some technical terms.


May 12, 2020

It is a beautifully designed course to get knowledge of how to apply various types of calculus to machine learning.

By Adam N

Nov 12, 2018

Very nice and concise, definitely review normal calculus and look up materials to get the most out of this course.

By Mohammad A K

Jul 6, 2020

good math course for learning derivatives, there could have been a better way to summarize and explain the course

By Rachel P

May 28, 2020

An amazing course for beginners in Machine learning and brushing up your Mathematics skills at the same time.

By Manan S

May 29, 2021

more on optimization techniques like in-depth concepts of gradient descent would have helped, rest was great

By Eileen Y

Apr 17, 2020

It seems that the lecture is not quite closely connected with the quiz, which may bring great confusion.

By Sharan S M

Jan 9, 2020

Great course If you want to learn Multivariate calculus. Teaches a lot of topics and is a bit rigorous

By Sedka I

Nov 4, 2021

It is a great course But the English accent of the bald teacher is very difficult to understand


Jun 15, 2020

this course is not for beginners but some good concepts are there which was needed for progress


May 21, 2018

Not enough detail in the explanations and little to no instructor participation in the forums.

By Srinivas A

Jul 25, 2020

Topics are taught well for most part but there needs to be more help on answering questions.

By José D

Oct 18, 2018

Very instructive, good refresher of multivariate calculus in the context of machine learning

By Sourav K B

Jan 23, 2020

A nice tour of multi-variate calculus starting from basics. Good for initial understanding.

By Davide F

Sep 12, 2019

Some complex topics were explained a bit too fast. The course on Linear Algebra was better.

By J N B P

Aug 19, 2020

Good for those who already know a lit bit of Calculus, beginners might feel it difficult.

By Sharad K L

Mar 18, 2020

It is hard course and time required is much more than estimated time given in the course

By tishat a

Apr 23, 2020

Very helpful to understand the topics.But last two weeks was a bit tough to understand.

By Jue C

Oct 26, 2020

The last module is quite fast and ambiguous, but besides that, everything is perfect.

By Styven G A

Dec 13, 2019

un enfoque interesante, un buen repaso de matemáticas y una excelente apacibilidad.