Recommender Systems Specialization
Master recommender systems.. Learn to design, build, and evaluate recommender systems for commerce and content.
About this Specialization
Some related experience required.
Some related experience required.
University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.
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Is financial aid available?
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Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Most learners should be able to complete the specialization in 20-26 weeks.
What background knowledge is necessary?
Basic statistics or college algebra, and an ability to work with spreadsheets. For the honors track, you should also be comfortable implementing software in Java.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
While each component can be useful by itself, the courses do build on each other and should be taken in order.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
The University of Minnesota does not offer credit for completing this specialization. If you are enrolled elsewhere, you may wish to speak with your advisor or program staff to find out whether this specialization could be used for independent study credit.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will understand and be able to apply the major families of recommender algorithms: non-personalized, product association, content-based, nearest-neighbor, and matrix factorization. You will know and be able to apply a variety of recommender metrics, and will be able to use this knowledge to match the correct recommender system to appplications.
What is the honors track?
The honors track is an optional track where learners add programming recommenders in the open source LensKit toolkit. You should be comfortable with basic data structures, algorithms, and Java to attempt the honors track.
How does this Specialization relate to the prior Recommender Systems courses?
This specialization is an extended and updated version of the two prior versions of Introduction to Recommender Systems that we've offered through Coursera. About 50% of the video and 80% of the assessment material are new, and there is an honors track with programming assignments (which existed in the first version of the course only, and have been re-done for this specialization). The Capstone is entirely new.
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