New York University is offering a Large Scale Machine Learning course starting later this month. This is NOT a MOOC, so it is not open to everyone. However, the lecture videos will be posted and possibly the other class handouts. This is not an introductory course, so knowledge of machine learning is a prerequisite. The course is being taught by John Langford of Microsoft Research and Yann LeCun of NYU.
For more about the course, see the original blog announcement.
Jeff Leak, instructor of the upcoming Coursera Data Analysis course, wrote up a nice blog post, The Landscape of Data Analysis, explaining the topics to be covered in the course. The topics look good. He also made a video explaining how data science fits in with other disciplines such as: computer science, medicine, statistics, and so on. The video is short (less than 5 minutes), so it is definitely worth the time.
Not only is the topic interesting, but the concept of breaking the global population down into 100 people is brilliant. This infographic is easily understandable, and it conveys a whole lot of information in a clean and concise manner. For more about where the data came from, see the 100 People page.
Week 1 of the Computing for Data Analysis course focused mostly on getting R and RStudio installed. Then it focused on some of the basics of the R language. Here are some of the topics
- History of R
- How to get help
- Data types in R
- numeric (real numbers)
- character (strings)
- integer (counting numbers)
- complex (imaginary)
- logical (TRUE/FALSE)
- Groupings of data
- vector (all the same data type)
v <- c(1.4, 2.5, 1.7)
v <- 1:10
- list (NOT all same data type)
lst <- list("a", 3.5, TRUE, "word", 4+5i)
- matrix (2-dimensional vector)
m <- matrix(1:20, nrow=4, ncol=5)
- Factor is for categorical data
f <- factor(c("big","small","big","big"))
- Missing Values
is.nan() (Not a Number)
is.na() (Not Available)
- Reading/Writing data
d <- read.table("file.txt")
d <- read.csv("file.csv")
- Better Reading data
initial <- read.csv("data.csv", nrow=10)
classes <- sapply(initial, class)
fullData <- read.csv("data.csv", nrow=2000, colClasses=classes)
str() function for displaying information about the structure of an object
If you hurry, there still might be time to enroll in the class and finish the homework for full credit. Week 1 was not too intensive.
The Coursera class Computational Methods of Data Analysis started yesterday. There is still plenty of time to enroll in the class.
This course assumes a good familiarity with calculus, linear algebra, and some basic programming. Thus, if your math background is weak or needs a refresher, you may not want to take this course. However, if you have a solid math background, the course starts right into Fourier Analysis. The course topics look good, and image analysis is one of the central themes of the course. The software Matlab ($99 for student edition) is recommended, however Octave (Free) is acceptable.
The Elements of Statistical Learning textbook is available for free. It is a classic, widely-used textbooks for statistics and machine learning. Here is a far from complete list of some of the topics:
- Supervised Learning
- Linear/Logistic Regression
- Model Selection
- Neural Networks
- Support Vector Machines
- Random Forests
- Unsupervised Learning
As you can see, the book is quite extensive.
Note: This book has been available for a quite a while, but I realized I have not added a link to it on my blog.
New Street Communications is looking for authors. According to the call for proposals:
…especially interested to hear from professionals in the fields of IT, Data Science, Big Data and Cloud Computing.
If you have ever thought about writing a data science book, now might be a good time.
50 Top Open Source Tools for Big Data – Datamation.
The list is about 6 months old, but it still covers all the ones I would have listed and quite a few more.