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[dupe] Ask HN: What are the best MOOCs for Data Science and Machine Learning?
12 points by bhnmmhmd 10 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 5 comments

Nowadays, there are a couple of really excellent online lectures to get you started.

The list is too long to include them all. Every one of the major MOOC sites offers not only one but several good Machine Learning classes, so please check [coursera](https://www.coursera.org/), [edX](https://www.edx.org/), [Udacity](https://www.udacity.com/) yourself to see which ones are interesting to you.

However, there are a few that stand out, either because they're very popular or are done by people who are famous for their work in ML. Roughly in order from easiest to hardest, those are:

* Andrew Ng's [ML-Class at coursera](https://www.coursera.org/course/ml): Focused on application of techniques. Easy to understand, but mathematically very shallow. Good for beginners!

* Hasti/Tibshirani's [Elements of Statistical Learning](http://statweb.stanford.edu/~tibs/ElemStatLearn/): Also aimed at beginners and focused more on applications.

* Yaser Abu-Mostafa's [Learning From Data](https://www.edx.org/course/caltechx/caltechx-cs1156x-learnin...): Focuses a lot more on theory, but also doable for beginners

* Geoff Hinton's [Neural Nets for Machine Learning](https://www.coursera.org/course/neuralnets): As the title says, this is almost exclusively about Neural Networks.

* Hugo Larochelle's [Neural Net lectures](http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6Xpj9I5qXYEcOhn7TqghA...): Again mostly on Neural Nets, with a focus on Deep Learning

* Daphne Koller's [Probabilistic Graphical Models](https://www.coursera.org/course/pgm) Is a very challenging class, but has a lot of good material that few of the other.

I’m currently taking ML course from Andrew Ng, it’s a bit weak in math, but gives you a pretty good understanding how those ML algorithms work.

I consider Andrew Ng's ML course - https://www.coursera.org/learn/machine-learning the best place to start, in addition to his https://deeplearning.ai courses.

Yaser Abu-Mostafa's Learning From Data.

Theory-heavy tough course but in the long run, really worth it.

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