Machine Learning: About the class

Uploaded by andrewyantakng on 15.08.2011

This fall quarter, Stanford University will
be offering online for free,
the Machine Learning class that I teach.
Machine learning has a typical
enrollment Of 350 students in Stanford,
and this is one of the most popular
courses offered by the Computer Science Department.
Over 200,000 people have watched my Machine Learning lectures on YouTube.
Based on this popularity, this year we are doing something completely new.
We are not just showing you videos,
we are inviting you to sign
up for actively participating and take the Stanford course.
What is machine learning?
You've probably used it, dozens of times a day, without even knowing it.
Each time you do a web
search on Google or Bing,
that works so well because their
machine learning software has figured out how to rank what pages.
When Facebook or Apple's
filter applications and recognizes your friends in your pictures.
That's also machine learning.
Each time you read your email and a
the spam filter saves you
from having to wade through tons of spam.
Again that's because your computer
has neurons to distinguish spam
from non-spam email.
So, that's machine learning.
It's the science of getting computers
to learn without being explicitly programmed.
One of the research projects that I'm
working on is getting robots to tidy up the house.
How do you go about doing that?
Well what you can do is have
the robot watch you demonstrate
the task and learn from that.
The robot can then watch what
objects you pick up and where
to put them and try to
do the same thing even when you aren't there.
For me, one of the
reasons I am excited about
this is the AI, or artificial intelligence problem.
Building truly-intelligent machines which
can do just about anything that you or I can do.
Many scientists think that the
best way to make progress on this
is through learning algorithms called neuro
networks which mimic how
the human brain works and I'll teach you about that too.
In this class you learn about machine learning and you get to implement them yourself.
This class will have homeworks
and programming assignments and if
you successfully complete this class,
you also get from me
a signed statement of accomplishments
stating how you did in the class and which you can put on your resume.
I hope you sign up on our website and join us this fall.