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Machine Learning

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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Machine Learning Program in collaboration with Columbia University - ColumbiaX. Master the essentials of machine learning and algorithms to help improve learning from data without human intervention.


Machine Learning is the basis for the most exciting careers in data analysis today. In this Machine Learning course, part of the Artificial Intelligence MicroMasters program from Columbia University - ColumbiaX you will learn the models and methods and apply them to real world situations ranging from identifying trending news topics, to building recommendation engines, ranking sports teams and plotting the path of movie zombies.

Major perspectives covered include:

  • probabilistic versus non-probabilistic modeling
  • supervised versus unsupervised learning

What you'll learn

  • Supervised learning techniques for regression and classification
  • Unsupervised learning techniques for data modeling and analysis
  • Probabilistic versus non-probabilistic viewpoints
  • Optimization and inference algorithms for model learning

Topics include: classification and regression, clustering methods, sequential models, matrix factorization, topic modeling and model selection.

Methods include: linear and logistic regression, support vector machines, tree classifiers, boosting, maximum likelihood and MAP inference, EM algorithm, hidden Markov models, Kalman filters, k-means, Gaussian mixture models, among others.

In the first half of the course we will cover supervised learning techniques for regression and classification. In this framework, we possess an output or response that we wish to predict based on a set of inputs. We will discuss several fundamental methods for performing this task and algorithms for their optimization. Our approach will be more practically motivated, meaning we will fully develop a mathematical understanding of the respective algorithms, but we will only briefly touch on abstract learning theory.

In the second half of the course we shift to unsupervised learning techniques. In these problems the end goal less clear-cut than predicting an output based on a corresponding input. We will cover three fundamental problems of unsupervised learning: data clustering, matrix factorization, and sequential models for order-dependent data. Some applications of these models include object recommendation and topic modeling.

Programme Structure

  • Week 1: maximum likelihood estimation, linear regression, least squares
  • Week 2: ridge regression, bias-variance, Bayes rule, maximum a posteriori inference
  • Week 3: Bayesian linear regression, sparsity, subset selection for linear regression
  • Week 4: nearest neighbor classification, Bayes classifiers, linear classifiers, perceptron
  • Week 5: logistic regression, Laplace approximation, kernel methods, Gaussian processes
  • Week 6: maximum margin, support vector machines, trees, random forests, boosting
  • Week 7: clustering, k-means, EM algorithm, missing data
  • Week 8: mixtures of Gaussians, matrix factorization
  • Week 9: non-negative matrix factorization, latent factor models, PCA and variations
  • Week 10: Markov models, hidden Markov models
  • Week 11: continuous state-space models, association analysis
  • Week 12: model selection, next steps

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • 8 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Calculus
  • Linear algebra
  • Probability and statistical concepts
  • Coding and comfort with data manipulation

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