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About the Course

This intermediate-level course introduces the mathematical foundations to derive Principal Component Analysis (PCA), a fundamental dimensionality reduction technique. We'll cover some basic statistics of data sets, such as mean values and variances, we'll compute distances and angles between vectors using inner products and derive orthogonal projections of data onto lower-dimensional subspaces. Using all these tools, we'll then derive PCA as a method that minimizes the average squared reconstruction error between data points and their reconstruction. At the end of this course, you'll be familiar with important mathematical concepts and you can implement PCA all by yourself. If you’re struggling, you'll find a set of jupyter notebooks that will allow you to explore properties of the techniques and walk you through what you need to do to get on track. If you are already an expert, this course may refresh some of your knowledge. The lectures, examples and exercises require: 1. Some ability of abstract thinking 2. Good background in linear algebra (e.g., matrix and vector algebra, linear independence, basis) 3. Basic background in multivariate calculus (e.g., partial derivatives, basic optimization) 4. Basic knowledge in python programming and numpy Disclaimer: This course is substantially more abstract and requires more programming than the other two courses of the specialization. However, this type of abstract thinking, algebraic manipulation and programming is necessary if you want to understand and develop machine learning algorithms....

Top reviews

JS

Jul 17, 2018

This is one hell of an inspiring course that demystified the difficult concepts and math behind PCA. Excellent instructors in imparting the these knowledge with easy-to-understand illustrations.

NS

Jun 19, 2020

Relatively tougher than previous two courses in the specialization. I'd suggest giving more time and being patient in pursuit of completing this course and understanding the concepts involved.

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By Voravich C

Oct 21, 2019

The course level is very difficult and I think having four week course is not enough to understand the math behind PCA

By Nguyen D P

Oct 17, 2018

That's a great online courses can help people have enough background to break into Machine Learning or Data science

By Ananthesh J S

Jun 16, 2018

The PCA derivation part requires more elaborate explanation so that we can understand the concept more intuitively.

By Manuel I

Jul 07, 2018

Overall the hardest of the specialization, a though one but great to make sense of all the maths learned so far.

By Shraavan S

Mar 04, 2019

Programming assignments are a little difficult. Background knowledge of Python is recommended for this course.

By Andrew D

Jun 02, 2019

Very difficult course, make sure to do the prereq courses first and understand everything from those courses.

By Ibon U E

Jan 07, 2020

The derivations of some concepts have been more vague compared to other courses in this specialization.

By Max W

Apr 20, 2020

Very challenging, could have used a few more videos to really explain or give a few more examples

By Abhishek T

Apr 12, 2020

The structure could have been better. Some of the weeks were too crowded as compared to others

By Phuong A N

Aug 07, 2020

very difficult course. But I hope that it will be useful fore my machine learning studying

By kerryliu

Jul 30, 2018

still have room for improvement since lots of stuffs can be discussed more in detail.

By Ruan v S

Oct 14, 2019

Harder than expected, the content is good and is well worth the struggle!

By Xin W

Sep 06, 2019

This course is full of mathematical derivation, so it is kind of boring.

By Jiaxuan L

Jul 15, 2019

Overall a good course. Very limited introduction to Python though.

By Chow K M

Jul 29, 2020

Quite challenging. Need to keep notes for programming assignment.

By Lafite

Feb 04, 2019

编程练习的质量不够高,不管是编程练习本身的代码逻辑、注释、练习的质量还是在答疑区课程组的答疑都不能尽如人意,对于编程练习并不很满意

By Ashok B B

Feb 06, 2020

Course was challenging , but learned the maths behind PCA,

By Cesar A P C J

Dec 23, 2018

Good content, just need to fix the assignments' platform.

By Dave D

May 31, 2020

This course was a fair overview of a very complex topic.

By ADITYA K

May 13, 2020

It is very informative and hands-on based Course for PCA

By Md. S B S

May 04, 2020

Not as good as the other two courses..but interesting!

By Sharon P

Sep 25, 2018

Mathematically challenging, but satisfying in the end.

By Paulo Y C

Feb 11, 2019

great material but explanation are a little bit messy

By Kwak T h

Jul 27, 2019

Good but slightly less deeper than the other two

By Eddery L

May 24, 2019

The instructor is great. HW setup sucks though.