A Free Course on Machine Learning & Data Science from Caltech

Right now, Machine Learning and Data Science are two hot topics, the subject of many courses being offered at universities today. Above, you can watch a playlist of 18 lectures from a course called Learning From Data: A Machine Learning Course, taught by Caltech's Feynman Prize-winning professor Yaser Abu-Mostafa. The course is summarized as follows:

This is an introductory course in machine learning (ML) that covers the basic theory, algorithms, and applications. ML is a key technology in Big Data, and in many financial, medical, commercial, and scientific applications. It enables computational systems to adaptively improve their performance with experience accumulated from the observed data. ML has become one of the hottest fields of study today, taken up by undergraduate and graduate students from 15 different majors at Caltech. This course balances theory and practice, and covers the mathematical as well as the heuristic aspects. The lectures follow each other in a story-like fashion.

A real Caltech course (it's not watered down at all), the course assumes a familiarity with basic probability, matrices, and calculus.

The lectures can be found on YouTubeiTunes U and this Caltech website, which hosts slides and other course materials. The professor wrote the course textbook, also called Learning from Data.

Learning From Data will be permanently added to our list of Free Online Computer Science Courses, part of our ever-growing collection, 1200 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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The Pioneering Physics TV Show, The Mechanical Universe, Is Now on YouTube: 52 Complete Episodes from Caltech

In December, Caltech announced that the critically acclaimed TV series, The Mechanical Universe… And Beyond, has been made available in its entirety on YouTube. Created at Caltech and aired on PBS from 1985-86, the 52-episode series offers an introduction to college-level physics, covering everything from the scientific revolution begun by Copernicus, to quantum theory. A university web page offers more details on the production:

The series was based on the Physics 1a and 1b courses developed by David Goodstein, the Frank J. Gilloon Distinguished Teaching and Service Professor and Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Emeritus.

Each episode opens and closes with Goodstein lecturing to his freshman physics class in 201 E. Bridge, providing philosophical, historical, and often humorous insight into the day's topic. The show also contains hundreds of computer animation segments, created by JPL computer graphics engineer James F. Blinn, as the primary tool of instruction. Dynamic location footage and historical re-creations are also used to stress the fact that science is a human endeavor...

Although the series was designed as a college-level course, "thousands of high school teachers across the US came to depend on it for instructional and inspirational use," Goodstein says. "The level of instruction in the US was, and remains, abysmally low, and these 52 programs filled a great void."

You can stream all 52 episodes above. Or find them on Youtube and DailyMotion. They will also be added to our collection of Free Online Physics Courses, a subset of our collection, 1200 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

Visit this Caltech website to get more information on the show.

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700 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) Getting Started in May: Enroll Free Today

FYI: This month, 700 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) will be getting underway, giving you the chance to take courses from top flight universities, at no cost. With the help of Class Central, we've pulled together a complete list of May MOOCS. Below, find a few courses that piqued our interest, or rummage through the list and find your own.

Note: The trailer for Introduction to Philosophy is featured above. View the complete list of MOOCS here.

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David Mamet Teaches Dramatic Writing in a New Online Course

FYI: David Mamet, one of America's preeminent playwrights and screenwriters, will be teaching a course on Dramatic Writing over at MasterClass this spring. Featuring 25 video lessons and a downloadable workbook, the course will take you through Mamet's "process for turning life's strangest moments into dramatic art. He'll teach you the rules of drama, the nuances of dialogue, and the skills to develop your own voice and create your masterpiece." The cost is $90. It's not every day that you can get inside the creative process of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Glengarry Glen Ross. So perhaps it's money well spent.

As we've previously mentioned, MasterClass has enlisted other accomplished figures to teach courses on their craft--eg, Steve Martin does comedyWerner Herzog, filmmakingAaron Sorkin, screenwritingChristina Aguilera, singing, and Frank Gehry, architecture, to name a few. You can browse their complete list of courses here. And watch a trailer for Mamet's course above.

If you're looking for free courses, check out our collection, 1200 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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Peter Singer’s Course on Effective Altruism Gets Started This Week: Enroll & Put Philosophy Into Worldly Action

This week, Peter Singer's online course on Effective Altruism is getting underway on Coursera. Based on the philosopher's books, The Life You Can Save and The Most Good You Can Do, the course introduces students to the concept of Effective Altruism, which asserts that "living a fully ethical life involves doing the most good one can." Particularly, the course promises to examine the philosophical underpinnings of Effective Altruism, "present remarkable people who have restructured their lives in accordance with it, and think about how effective altruism can be put into practice in your own life." The introductory video for the course appears above. You can enroll free here.

A philosophy professor at Princeton, Singer first became well-known when he published Animal Liberation in 1975 and helped put an intellectual framework around the animal rights movement. More recently, he has brought his utilitarian philosophy to bear on global poverty. Sometimes controversial, Singer is undeniably influential. (He was named world’s third most influential global thought leader in 2013.) The Effective Altruism course gives you a good opportunity to familiarize yourself with Singer's style of thought, and put philosophy into meaningful action.

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An Introduction to Game Theory & Strategic Thinking: A Free Online Course from Yale University

Taught by Ben Polak, an economics professor and now Provost at Yale University, this free course offers an introduction to game theory and strategic thinking. Drawing on examples from economics, politics, the movies and beyond, the lectures cover topics essential to understanding Game theory--including "dominance, backward induction, the Nash equilibrium, evolutionary stability, commitment, credibility, asymmetric information, adverse selection, and signaling."

Since Game Theory offers "a way of thinking about strategic situations," the course will "teach you some strategic considerations to take into account [when] making your choices," and "to predict how other people or organizations [will] behave when they are in strategic settings."

The 24 lectures can be streamed above. (They're also on YouTube and iTunes in audio and video). A complete syllabus can be found be on this Yale web site. Texts used in the course are the following:

Game Theory will be added to our list of Free Economics Courses, a subset of our collection, 1200 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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Neural Networks for Machine Learning: A Free Online Course

The 78-video playlist above comes from a course called Neural Networks for Machine Learning, taught by Geoffrey Hinton, a computer science professor at the University of Toronto. The videos were created for a larger course taught on Coursera, which gets re-offered on a fairly regularly basis.

Neural Networks for Machine Learning will teach you about "artificial neural networks and how they're being used for machine learning, as applied to speech and object recognition, image segmentation, modeling language and human motion, etc." The courses emphasizes " both the basic algorithms and the practical tricks needed to get them to work well." It's geared for an intermediate level learner - comfortable with calculus and with experience programming Python. [Get a free course on Python here.]

You can find the video playlist on YouTube. It's also indexed in our collection of Free Computer Science courses, part of our meta collection, 1200 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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