Machine Learning with Python: from Linear Models to Deep Learning

Provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MITx)
$300 USD
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An in-depth introduction to the field of machine learning, from linear models to deep learning and reinforcement learning, through hands-on Python projects. — Course 4 of 4 in the MITx MicroMasters program in Statistics and Data Science.

Course Format:Instructor-Led
Start Date:Jun 11, 2019

What you will learn

  • Understand principles behind machine learning problems such as classification, regression, clustering, and reinforcement learning
  • Implement and analyze models such as linear models, kernel machines, neural networks, and graphical models
  • Choose suitable models for different applications
  • Implement and organize machine learning projects, from training, validation, parameter tuning, to feature engineering.


Machine learning methods are commonly used across engineering and sciences, from computer systems to physics. Moreover, commercial sites such as search engines, recommender systems (e.g., Netflix, Amazon), advertisers, and financial institutions employ machine learning algorithms for content recommendation, predicting customer behavior, compliance, or risk.

As a discipline, machine learning tries to design and understand computer programs that learn from experience for the purpose of prediction or control. 

In this course, students will learn about principles and algorithms for turning training data into effective automated predictions.  We will cover:
  • Representation, over-fitting, regularization, generalization, VC dimension;
  • Clustering, classification, recommender problems, probabilistic modeling, reinforcement learning;
  • On-line algorithms, support vector machines, and neural networks/deep learning.
Students will implement and experiment with the algorithms in several Python projects designed for different practical applications.

This course is part of the MITx MicroMasters Program in Statistics and Data Science. Master the skills needed to be an informed and effective practitioner of data science. You will complete this course and three others from MITx, at a similar pace and level of rigor as an on-campus course at MIT, and then take a virtually-proctored exam to earn your MicroMasters, an academic credential that will demonstrate your proficiency in data science or accelerate your path towards an MIT PhD or a Master's at other universities. To learn more about this program, please visit

If you have specific questions about this course, please contact us at [email protected].

Before you start

  • 6.00.1x or proficiency in Python programming 
  • 6.431x or equivalent probability theory course
  • College-level single and multi-variable calculus
  • Vectors and matrices
  • Instructor-Led: course contains assignments and exams that have specific due dates, and you complete the course within a defined time period.
  • Course ends: Dec 12, 2018


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