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Machine Learning with Python: A Practical Introduction

Provided by IBM
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4–6 hours
per week, for 5 weeks

$39 USD for graded exams and assignments, plus a certificate

Machine Learning can be an incredibly beneficial tool to uncover hidden insights and predict future trends. This Machine Learning with Python course will give you all the tools you need to get started with supervised and unsupervised learning.

Before you start

Course opens: Sep 17, 2018
Course ends: Jan 15, 2020

What you will learn

  • Supervised vs Unsupervised Machine Learning
  • How Statistical Modeling relates to Machine Learning, and how to do a comparison of each.
  • Different ways machine learning affects society 
Module 1 - Introduction to Machine Learning
Applications of Machine Learning
Supervised vs Unsupervised Learning
Python libraries suitable for Machine Learning

Module 2 - Regression
Linear Regression
Non-linear Regression
Model evaluation methods

Module 3 - Classification
K-Nearest Neighbour
Decision Trees
Logistic Regression
Support Vector Machines
Model Evaluation

Module 4 - Unsupervised Learning
K-Means Clustering
Hierarchical Clustering
Density-Based Clustering

Module 5 - Recommender Systems
Content-based recommender systems
Collaborative Filtering


This Machine Learning with Python course dives into the basics of Machine Learning using Python, an approachable and well-known programming language. You'll learn about Supervised vs Unsupervised Learning, look into how Statistical Modeling relates to Machine Learning, and do a comparison of each.

You'll look at real-life examples of Machine Learning and how it affects society in ways you may not have guessed!

We'll explore many popular algorithms including Classification, Regression, Clustering, and Dimensional Reduction and popular models such as Train/Test Split, Root Mean Squared Error and Random Forests.

Most importantly, you will transform your theoretical knowledge into practical skill using hands-on labs. Get ready to do more learning than your machine!

Meet your instructors

Saeed Aghabozorgi
PhD, Sr. Data Scientist

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  1. 10–20 hours of effort

    In this course, you will learn how to analyze data in Python using multi-dimensional arrays in numpy, manipulate DataFrames in pandas, use SciPy library of mathematical routines, and perform machine learning using scikit-learn!

  2. 18–24 hours of effort

    Create a project that you can use to showcase your Data Science skills to prospective employers. Apply various data science and machine learning techniques to analyze and visualize a data set involving a real life business scenario and build a predictive model.

  3. 10–20 hours of effort

    Data visualization is the graphical representation of data in order to interactively and efficiently convey insights to clients, customers, and stakeholders in general.

  4. Machine Learning with Python: A Practical Introduction
  5. 2–5 hours of effort

    This Python course provides a beginner-friendly introduction to Python for Data Science. Practice through lab exercises, and you'll be ready to create your first Python scripts on your own!

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