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Random ForestPredictive AnalyticsMachine LearningR Programming

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

2 hours to complete

Practical Statistical Inference

Learn the basics of statistical inference, comparing classical methods with resampling methods that allow you to use a simple program to make a rigorous statistical argument. Motivate your study with current topics at the foundations of science: publication bias and reproducibility.

28 videos (Total 121 min)
28 videos
Hypothesis Testing5m
Significance Tests and P-Values3m
Example: Difference of Means4m
Deriving the Sampling Distribution6m
Shuffle Test for Significance4m
Comparing Classical and Resampling Methods3m
Resampling Caveats6m
Outliers and Rank Transformation3m
Example: Chi-Squared Test3m
Bad Science Revisited: Publication Bias4m
Effect Size4m
Fraud and Benford's Law4m
Intuition for Benford's Law2m
Benford's Law Explained Visually3m
Multiple Hypothesis Testing: Bonferroni and Sidak Corrections3m
Multiple Hypothesis Testing: False Discovery Rate4m
Multiple Hypothesis Testing: Benjamini-Hochberg Procedure3m
Big Data and Spurious Correlations4m
Spurious Correlations: Stock Price Example3m
How is Big Data Different?3m
Bayesian vs. Frequentist4m
Motivation for Bayesian Approaches3m
Bayes' Theorem2m
Applying Bayes' Theorem4m
Naive Bayes: Spam Filtering4m
2 hours to complete

Supervised Learning

Follow a tour through the important methods, algorithms, and techniques in machine learning. You will learn how these methods build upon each other and can be combined into practical algorithms that perform well on a variety of tasks. Learn how to evaluate machine learning methods and the pitfalls to avoid.

26 videos (Total 111 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
26 videos
Simple Examples3m
Structure of a Machine Learning Problem5m
Classification with Simple Rules5m
Learning Rules4m
Rules: Sequential Covering3m
Rules Recap2m
From Rules to Trees2m
Measuring Entropy4m
Using Information Gain to Build Trees6m
Building Trees: ID3 Algorithm2m
Building Trees: C.45 Algorithm4m
Rules and Trees Recap3m
Evaluation: Leave One Out Cross Validation5m
Evaluation: Accuracy and ROC Curves5m
Bootstrap Revisited4m
Ensembles, Bagging, Boosting4m
Boosting Walkthrough5m
Random Forests3m
Random Forests: Variable Importance5m
Summary: Trees and Forests2m
Nearest Neighbor4m
Nearest Neighbor: Similarity Functions4m
Nearest Neighbor: Curse of Dimensionality3m
1 reading
R Assignment: Classification of Ocean Microbes10m
1 practice exercise
R Assignment: Classification of Ocean Microbes28m
1 hour to complete


You will learn how to optimize a cost function using gradient descent, including popular variants that use randomization and parallelization to improve performance. You will gain an intuition for popular methods used in practice and see how similar they are fundamentally.

11 videos (Total 41 min)
11 videos
Gradient Descent Visually4m
Gradient Descent in Detail2m
Gradient Descent: Questions to Consider3m
Intuition for Logistic Regression4m
Intuition for Support Vector Machines3m
Support Vector Machine Example3m
Intuition for Regularization3m
Intuition for LASSO and Ridge Regression3m
Stochastic and Batched Gradient Descent5m
Parallelizing Gradient Descent3m
2 hours to complete

Unsupervised Learning

A brief tour of selected unsupervised learning methods and an opportunity to apply techniques in practice on a real world problem.

4 videos (Total 21 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
DBSCAN Variable Density and Parallel Algorithms4m
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Top reviews from Practical Predictive Analytics: Models and Methods

By SPDec 23rd 2016

Fantastic course! Excellent conceptual teaching for people who already know the subject but need some more clarity on how to approach statistical tests and machine learning.

By KPFeb 8th 2016

I enjoy this course. The delivery and the course topics were very interesting. I learnt a lot and peer reviewing other people assignments is a great learning opportunity .



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